Clément Lambelet (1991, CH) is an artist who explores societal issues related to humans and technology. His work includes photographic, video and sound forms, displayed as installations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2016 at ECAL/University of Art & Design where he currently works as a teacher.

His current researches focus on the diversion of algorithms such as those used for face and emotion recognition or new surveillance systems like body scanners and war drones. His approach reflects the fragile cohabitation between human singularity and control ideologies present in contemporary technologies. The fruits of his research : documents, data and press articles feed his installations in order to make the tools of power he hijacks readable.

His projects have been exhibited internationally in institutions such as Foam Museum in Amsterdam, C/O Berlin, HeK Basel, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Beaconsfield Gallery in London, Centre de la Photographie in Geneva and Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. He was nominated for the Swiss Design Award 2020 and is one of the Foam Talent 2017 laureates.

His first book, Two donkeys in a war zone, was published by RVB Books in 2017 and was nominated for the Prix du livre d’auteur at the Rencontres d’Arles 2018. His second book, Happiness is the only true emotion, was published by RVB Books in 2019.

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Education & Work

2019 – Lecturer for the Bachelor in Photography, ECAL, CH
2017 – Independant photographer. See some commissioned work
2016 – 19Teaching assistant, Bachelor of photography, ECAL, CH
2013 – 16Bachelor of Arts in Photography, Graduated with high honours, ECAL, CH

Recent exhibitions

2020Real Feeling, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, CH
Me, Myself & A.I, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, NL
(Right In) The Feels, ERG, Bruxelles, BE
Swiss Design Awards 2020, online
HomeLife StillLife – Weltformat 2020, Luzern, CH, 09/10 – 17/10
VFG Nachwuchsförderpreis 2019, Kammgarn West, Schaffhausen, CH
2019A Chance for the Unpredictable, Lianzhou Foto Festival 2019, Lianzhou, CN, 30/11 – 03/01
No’Photo – Biennale de la Photographie à Genève, Geneva, CH, 28/09
23. vfg Nachwuchsförderpreis für Fotografie, Photobastei, Zurich, CH
Gibellina Photoroad, Gibellina, IT, 26/07
When the Air Becomes Electric, Centre de la photographie, Geneva, CH, 01/05 – 02/06
2018Prix Photoforum 2018, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, CH, 02/12 – 13/01
Presence Festival, FotoDepartament, Saint Petersburg, RU, 03/10 – 12/10
The Oracle, Photobook:Reset, C/O Berlin, 28/09 – 30/09
Krakow Photomonth (solo show), ZPAF Gallery, Krakow, PL, 25/05 – 24/06
Foam Talent 2017, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE, 24/05 – 26/08
Swiss Performance 2018, Archithese Architekturforum, Zurich, CH 05/04 – 15/04
Foam Talent 2017, Red Hook Labs, New-York City, USA, 22/03 – 08/04
Surveillance Index, Performing Books #1, Le Bal, Paris, FR 10/01 – 27/01
2017Foam Talent 2017, Les Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, FR, 09/11 – 12/11
Foam Talent 2017, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 01/09 – 12/11
Fluxing, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, FR, 08/07
Patty Morgan Internetcafé, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, FR, 03/07 – 09/07
Nuit des images 2017, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, CH, 24/06
Swiss Design Awards 2017, Halle 3, Basel, CH, 13/06 – 18/06
Patty Morgan Internetcafé – Foam Fusion, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 09/06 – 11/06
Ciels, Villa Dutoit, Geneva, CH, 05/05 – 21/05
Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography, C/O Berlin, DE, 18/02 – 23/04
Plat(t)form 2017, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH, 27/01 – 29/01
2016Diplomas Exhibition 2016, ECAL, Renens, CH, 30/09 – 14/10
Camera(Auto)Control – 50JPG, Centre de la photographie, Geneva, CH, 01/06 – 31/07
Half Time, ECAL, Renens, CH, 06/02 – 19/02
2015Summer University ECAL, Swissnex Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, BR
The Embarrasment Show, Unseen, Amsterdam, NL & NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, DE
Festival Alt. +1000, Rossinière, CH, 12/07 – 21/09
#Selfeed #Photobooth, Spacio dell’Orso, Milano, IT
2014Visual Art Group Show, The United Nations Office, Geneva, CH

Awards, grant & shortlists

2020Nominated for Swiss Design Awards
2019Pro Helvetia grant, Promotion of the photobook
Nominated for the Paul Huf Award, Foam, Amsterdam, NL
2018Nominated for the Photoforum 2018 Award
Shortlisted for the Author Book Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2018
2017Foam Talent 2017
Pro Helvetia Grant, Promotion of aspiring photographers
Swiss Design Award 2017 (shortlist)
2016Plat(t)form 2017
Elinchrom Award
EX-ECAL Award
2015Laureate Festival Alt. +1000

Books

2019Happiness is the only true emotion, RVB Books, Paris, FR
2017Two donkeys in a war zone, RVB Books, Paris, FR
2015Genève en relief et autres faits divers, éd. Slatkine, Geneva, CH (commissioned)
2012D’un mur à l’autre, La Pinacothèque, Geneva, CH (commissioned)

Publications

2019Yet Magazine #11 – Curating Photography, Lugano, CH
Find Fix Finish, Phases Magazine
The dark mirror. Interview with Clément Lambelet, Digicult.it
2018The Eyes #9 Images & Power, Paris, FR
Centrefold – Acceleration, London, GB
Swiss performance 2018, Archithese, Zürich, CH
2017De Correspondent, Amsterdam, NL
Foam Magazine #48 – Talent, Amsterdam, NL
Foam Magazine #47 – Propaganda, Amsterdam, NL
Foam Magazine #46 – Who We Are, Amsterdam, NL

Lecture & Talks

2019

Photography and uncertainty, talk with Peter Pfrunder, Lianzhou Fotofestival, CN

2018

An eye on each machine, lecture, Saint Petersburg, RU, 07/10

Deux ânes et quelques algorithmes, conférence,

Center for future publishing, HEAD, Geneva, CH, 12/04

2017

#1984IsNotAnInstructionManual, social impacts of control ideologies, Talk,

La Coutellerie, Fribourg, CH, 31/10

Two donkeys and some algorithms, Talk with Mirjam Kooiman (curator),

Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 10/06

Collateral Visions, A shifted use of sciences in the age of the control, Lecture,

STSLab, University of Lausanne, watch the video (in French), 22/02

Research

2020

Automated Photography, invited researcher, under the direction of Milo Keller, ECAL, Lausanne, CH

2018

L’intérieur à l’intérieur, Associate Researcher,

under the direction of Zofia Klyta-Lacombe and Yoann Moreau,

La Manufacture, Lausanne, CH

2016

Sphere of images & chaos pedagogy – Atlas,

Research under the mentorship of Joël Vacheron, in French – pdf – 67 MB

Self-portrait with a facial recognition algorithm,

Collateral Visions, 2016

Projects - © Clément Lambelet