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Manon * 1946 in Berne, lives in Zurich

Manon, winner of the prestigious Meret Oppenheim prize in 2008, is today considered the most important representative of performance art in Switzerland, and a major artist of the European avant-garde in the early 1970s. She studied decorative arts at Saint-Gall before settling in Zurich to join the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique. Her wide-ranging artistic production includes environmental and sculptural works, performances and installations – all related to photography, which occupies a [...]

Manon, winner of the prestigious Meret Oppenheim prize in 2008, is today considered the most important representative of performance art in Switzerland, and a major artist of the European avant-garde in the early 1970s. She studied decorative arts at Saint-Gall before settling in Zurich to join the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique. Her wide-ranging artistic production includes environmental and sculptural works, performances and installations – all related to photography, which occupies a central position in her work. With a deep feminist awareness Manon, unlike her contemporaries of the 70s, does not aim to provoke or take a militant stand; her work falls instead within a phantasmagorical sphere in which lust and role-play mingle in a dreamlike, sometimes even nightmarish world. Her life is her art and her art is her life: “I didn’t want to make art; I wanted to be my own work of art!” she said once. A quest for beauty strongly pervades her work, supported by an awareness that this object of desire can only tend toward ruin.

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