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Sylvain Gelewski’s work consists in patching up paintings, writing texts in the form of lists, collecting banal or useless objects, hastily drawing maps and people, organizing slightly odd performances.
Some performances take the shape of installations created in situ, often to music, with a certain obsession for color, inventories, the news, social media, the value of work and superfluous details.

For the past years, Sylvain Gelewski has been actively fighting for better recognition and fair remuneration of artists. He has also been organizing exhibitions and events in the Soul2Soul/RU space in Geneva.
In 2021, he co-founded the Doppelganger Collective. The title toys with notions of duality, mimicry, synonyms, twins and lookalikes. It examines actual physical resemblance as well as the more subtle resemblance of character.


*1991 Nyon, CH
Lives & works in Geneva, CH


Education

2019 MFA, Work.Master, Contemporary Art Practices, HEAD–Geneva, CH
2018 Erasmus, Malerei, Painting, Burg Halle, DE
2017 BFA, Représentation, Painting, HEAD–Geneva, CH


Shows

2022
BANG BANG, Tinguely Museum, Basel, CH
JEUDIS, Centre Culturel des Grottes, Geneva, CH (solo)

2021
Dogo Totale 2021, Dogo Residenz, Lichtensteig, CH
Le Mur_01, Le Grain, Geneva, CH (solo)
Dwarfs, Unicorn, Glasses, Dogo Residenz, Lichtensteig, CH (solo)
Mille vues du Salève c’est Possible, dit “La Mouche”, àDuplex, Geneva, CH

2020
I LOVE #ArtisteDici, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH
Wie zu Hause, wo ich nicht bin, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH (cur. Niels Trannois)
XXaf Festival, Les Arches, Lausanne, CH (cur. art&fiction)
Acrobatic Painting, E-Werk, Freiburg im Breisgau, DE (solo)
Space Invasion 1, Fabienne Levy Gallery, Lausanne, CH

2019
Fridges are not frigid, Archivio Conz, Berlin, DE (cur. Niels Trannois)
DALTON(S), La Fonte, Carouge, CH (solo)
Grand Tour, MFA degree show, HEAD–Geneva, CH
Pratiques de la distraction, Live In Your Head, Geneva, CH (cur. Christophe Kihm)
Nothing is something (to an observer), Live In Your Head, Geneva, CH (cur. Christophe Kihm)

2018
Carnets, Halle Nord, Geneva, CH
Hermès5, Burg Halle, DE (cur. Sophia Schama)

2017
Osmose – Engrenage, Usine à Gaz, Nyon, CH (duo w. collectif Ceres)
Grand Tour, BFA degree show, HEAD–Geneva, CH


Performances

2022
Jack of all Trades, der TANK, Basel, CH (w. Doppelganger )
Jack of all Trades, Le Groove, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)

2021
Who’s Afraid Of?, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, FR (w. Doppelganger)
Strandfigur, Dogo Residenz, Lichtensteig, CH (w. Doppelganger)
Strandfigur, La Fonte, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)
Service Trois Pièces, Vélodrome, Geneva, CH

2020 Rock Me Baby, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Yverdon-les-Bains, CH (cur. Sébastien Mettraux)

2019
Service Trois Pièces, Fureur de Lire Festival, Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva, CH
The Blazing World, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, DE (w. Maï-Thu Perret)
Noise Action Space Agency,DAF Festival, La Reliure, Geneva, CH
Service Trois Pièces,ACT Festival, Messe Basel, CH
Service Trois Pièces, ACT Festival, Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva, CH
The Blazing World, Spike Island, Bristol, UK (w. Maï-Thu Perret)

2016 Controlled Unpredictability, ACT Festival, Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva, CH (w. Antoine Siron)


Publications/press/talks

2022
Encore Heureux, KubaParis, DE
Soul2Soul, la musique et l’art contemporain dans l’âme, Le Temps, CH

2021
No risk, no fun, Dogo Residenz, CH (ISBN 978-3-033-08868-9)
Entretien avec l’association Visarte.Genève, Culture Enjeu no. 71, CH
XXaf Official Licensed Sticker Album, art&fiction, CH
Il défend la culture alternative, Tribune de Genève, CH
Reden wir vom Geld!, Pay-Wall, Rathaus für Kultur, Lichtensteig, CH
Juin 2021, Vox Usini, CH
Pour argent comptant, Le Courrier, CH
Let’s Talk About Cash and Politics in Art, Summe Festival, Kasko, Basel, CH
AAAAAH! 1, AAAAAH! fanzine, CH

2020
Service Trois Pièces, self-publication, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-57-3)
Décembre 2020, Vox Usini, CH
Why do pizza boxes have a square shape?, Contemporary Art Switzerland, CH
Wie zu Hause, wo ich nicht bin, Archivio Conz Berlin, DE & HEAD–Geneva, CH
Invasion non agressive chez Fabienne Levy, Tribune de Genève, CH
Space Invasion à la Galerie Fabienne Levy, Arteez, CH
Service Trois Pièces, LapTopRadio.org

2019
Furieusement livresque, Le Courrier, CH
16’646 KILOMETRES, ENSP–Arles, FR & HEAD–Geneva, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-25-2)
15’791 KILOMETRES, ENSP–Arles, FR & HEAD–Geneva, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-24-2)
Klingnau, HEAD–Geneva, CH

2018
13’222 KILOMETRES, ENSP–Arles, FR & HEAD–Geneva, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-25-2)
10’223 KILOMETRES, ENSP–Arles, FR & HEAD–Geneva, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-24-5)
7’179 KILOMETRES, ENSP–Arles, FR & HEAD–Geneva, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-23-8)


Curating

2022
Encore heureux, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
Click Bait Title, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
I want you so bad, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH

2021
Tout ce qui couvrait une vie humaine déjà scintillait, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
Warm tales for a dead fire, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH

2020
Pourquoi les boites de pizza sont-elles carrées ?, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
Sans chemise, sans pantalon, Sculpture Garden, Geneva Biennale, CH (w. Brigida Bocini)
Sealed for your protection, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH

2019 Sammelsurium, Espace Cheminée Nord, Geneva, CH


Grants/residencies

2022-2023 Residency, PICTO, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger) (upcoming)

2022
Residency, LIEU COMMUN, Lausanne, CH (w. Doppelganger) (upcoming)
Residency, Le Groove, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)

2021
Residency, Simon I. Patino bursary, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, FR
Research bursary, Canton of Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)
Support for broadcasting, Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH
Residency, La Fonte, Carouge, CH
Residency, Dogo Residenz, Lichtensteig, CH
Support for a transformation project, Canton of Geneva, CH (w. G.A.R.A.GE)
Support for a transformation project, Canton of Geneva, CH (w. Visarte.Genève)

2020 Residency, Kabuff, E-Werk, Freiburg im Breisgau, DE

2019
Support for production, Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH
Residency, La Fonte, Carouge, CH

2018 Residency, Künstlerstadt Kalbe, DE


Associations

2021- Co-founder, Doppelganger Collective, Geneva, CH
2020- Curator, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
2019- Committee Member, G.A.R.A.GE, Geneva, CH
2019-2022 Committee Member, Visarte.Genève, Geneva, CH
2014-2017 Co-founder, EICA Records, Geneva, CH