Introducing "Les Sauvages", an artistic project by Andy Storchenegger, photographed by Raphaelle Mueller. Andy invites us to go into the depths of the wilderness, on a journey into a surreal world of masked, nude men with perfectly sculpted torsos, among *ahem* other things. We had a chat with Andy about this project...
What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up on a farm with a lot of pigs and 30 cats, there was a lot of space and nature, which I liked. But I didn't want to become a farmer, so the logical consequence was to be an artist.
Tell us more about the "Les Sauvages" photo series. What inspired it?
I did a lot of research about the wilderness in our society. One of the only places in Switzerland where the people show their wild side was through using old masks, based on Paganistic traditions. I was studying the masks and got inspired for my series "Les Sauvages".
What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?
All the old traditional masks are made of material that is found in the environment of the mask-maker. So for me it was important to work with natural material. I learned how to cast porcelain. The staging of the photos is reminiscent of old Swiss myths.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To forget the people that think they are better then others :)
ABOUT ANDY STORCHENEGGER
Andy Storchenegger is a photographer from St. Gallen, Switzerland who currently lives and works in Zurich. He completed his MA in Visual Arts from Ecal, Lausanne in 2011 and has since gone on to complete his postgrad studies at HEAD in Geneva.
His work has been featured in various solo and group shows throughout Europe and Andy has been the recipient of numerous grants. He has been a guest lecturer at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and since 2009 has been a lecturer at the Höheren Fachschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in St. Gallen.
2015: MAHINA Arts Festival, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
2015: The Wild Hunt, Quinta del Sordo, Madrid
2014: Nextex, St. Gallen, with Bildstein Glatz
2012: Paradise 3000, local-Int, Biel
2011: I the every day, Gallery Daeppen, Basel
2015: Barbotine Conspiracy, HEAD, Geneva
2014: Down in the rabbit hole, English Building Art Space, Vaduz
2013: In Search of Coherence, Gallery sic !, Luzern
2012: Proyector, Festival de Video Arte, Madrid
2012: Do not stop me now!, Rodeo12, Geneva
2012: G_OD gallery Christiane Büntgen, Zurich
2012: Nieuwe Ledententoonstelling, Rokin 112, Amsterdam
2011: SHIFT, Electronic Arts Festival, Basel
ABOUT RAPHAELLE MUELLER
Raphaëlle Mueller is an independent photographer and artist based in Geneva, working since 2009 in the field of art and design. She considers that photographing art or design works requires an understanding of the artwork’s particularities and of their perception in space.
She studied photography, art and new technologies at the University of Art and Design-Geneva (HEAD) and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHDK), where she hold a bachelor degree in 2007, a postgraduate degree in 2009 and a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in 2013.