- Art History
Grégory Sugnaux (b. 1989) lives and works in Fribourg. His work is generally concerned with the status of the image through the mediation of exhibition and painting. In extracting the familiar image from its existing pictorial codes, he rejects hierarchical values in art history and tries to turn attention to the representation of alternative systems in image-making. With curation alongside his artistic practice, Sugnaux investigates the conditions of the exhibition in his varying approaches. From 2016 to 2020, he was co-curator of the project space WallRiss in Fribourg and since 2017 co-curator of Backslash Festival in Zürich. In 2015, he received the Kiefer Hablitzel I Göhner Art Price and was a finalist in the 2020 Swiss Art Awards. Recent solo exhibitions include Into the Wolf’s Mouth at Lateral, Rome, Mental Mask at suns.works, Zürich (2023), data romance at Château de Gruyères (2022), heute denken, morgen fertig at Display, Berlin (2020), and Définitif, donc provisoire at Kunsthalle Friart in 2019. During his stay at the Swiss institute, 2022–2023, he continued his investigation into monstrous figures by creating two new series of paintings.