CV

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, he has been actively fighting for better recognition and fair remuneration of artists. He has also been organising exhibitions and events in the Soul2Soul/RU space in Geneva.
In 2021, he co-founded the Doppelganger Collective, a trans-disciplinary collective finding its place at the intersections between performance, dance, music and literature.


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


Education

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


Shows

2022
Aparté 2, TOPIC, Geneva, CH (solo w. Doppelganger)
Aparté, Lieu Commun, Lausanne, CH (w. Doppelganger)
BANG BANG, program cur. Marie-Eve Knoerle, Tinguely Museum, Basel, CH (w. Doppelganger)
JEUDIS, Centre Culturel des Grottes, Geneva, CH (solo)

2021
Dogo Totale, Dogo Residenz, Lichtensteig, CH
Le Mur_01, cur. Bianca Maria Guala, 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, FMAC, Geneva, CH
Wie zu Hause, wo ich nicht bin, cur. Niels Trannois, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH
XXaf Festival, cur. art&fiction, Les Arches, Lausanne, CH
Acrobatic Painting, E-Werk, Freiburg im Breisgau, DE (solo)
Space Invasion, Fabienne Levy Gallery, Lausanne, CH

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

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

2017 Osmose–Engrenage, Usine à Gaz, Nyon, CH (duo w. collectif Ceres)


Performances

2022
aMás, cur. Looming, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)
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, cur. Sébastien Mettraux, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Yverdon-les-Bains, CH

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)


Curating

2023 In Nocens, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH

2022
Making Mistakes Is Human, L’erreur Est Humaine, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
Pleure-moi une rivière, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
Muta, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH
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, CH (w. Brigida Bocini)
Sealed for your protection, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH

2019 Sammelsurium, Espace Cheminée Nord, Geneva, CH


Publications

2023 Razab s’expose avec In Nocens, Vertigo, RTS, CH

2022
Liminality > Doppelganger Collective, LapTopRadio.org
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)
Il défend la culture alternative, Tribune de Genève, CH
Pour argent comptant, Le Courrier, CH
Let’s Talk About Cash and Politics in Art, Summe Festival, Basel, CH

2020
Service Trois Pièces, self-publication, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-57-3)
Why do pizza boxes have a square shape?, Contemporary Art Switzerland, CH
Invasion non agressive chez Fabienne Levy, Tribune de Genève, CH
Service Trois Pièces, LapTopRadio.org

2019
Furieusement livresque, Le Courrier, CH
Klingnau, HEAD–Geneva, CH

2018-2019 KILOMETRES, 5 numbers, ENSP–Arles, FR & HEAD–Geneva, CH (ISBN 978-2-940510-23-8)


Grants/residencies

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

2022
Residency, Looming, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)
Grant, FMAC, Geneva, CH (w. Doppelganger)
Production grant, FCAC, Geneva, CH (w. Soul2Soul/RU)
Residency, Lieu Commun, Lausanne, CH (w. Doppelganger)

2021
Residency, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, FR
Research grant, Canton of Geneva, CH
Broadcasting grant, FCAC, Geneva, CH
Residency, La Fonte, Geneva, CH
Residency, Dogo Residenz, Lichtensteig, CH
Transformation grant, Canton of Geneva, CH (w. G.A.R.A.GE)
Transformation grant, Canton of Geneva, CH (w. Visarte.Genève)

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

2019 Production grant, FCAC, Geneva, CH (w. Visarte.Genève)


Professional

2021- Co-founder, Doppelganger Collective, Geneva, CH

2020- Curator, Soul2Soul/RU, Geneva, CH

2019-2022
Committee member, G.A.R.A.GE, Geneva, CH
Committee member, Visarte.Genève, Geneva, CH

2014-2017 Co-founder, EICA Records, Geneva, CH