Studio : Ateliers de la Ville
1 place de Lorette
Fr-13002 Marseille


His work was recently exhibited at Den Frie, Copenhagen; the Swiss Institute, Rome; Komplot, Brussels; South London Gallery, London; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; CNEAI, Chatou; Forde, Geneva; Form Content, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Castillo-Corales, Paris; and CNAC Magasin, Grenoble. Benjamin Valenza graduated in Visual Arts at ECAL (Switzerland) in 2007. In 2006 he created 1m3 in Lausanne, an independent space for exhibitions. In 2015 he was a resident at the Swiss Institute in Rome and he is currently teaching at EBABX, the fine arts school of Bordeaux. He is also a regular lecturer at HEAD, Geneva.

Born in 1980. Lives and works in Marseille.

It is written of Benjamin Valenza’s work that he plays with objects and language and gestures. While I agree, I sense that there is also something of the order of violence in his relationship to the things in his performances and that this aggression allows the humor in his play to be meaningful. It is as though he were trying to break the categories that usually hold signs together the better to equalize them—to create a horizontal structure in which a fish and a man and newspaper and a burst of sharp laughter are equivalent on a semiotic level.

The effect of this free-play is the disappearance of any single source of authority in the work. The equivalence of things submerges the artist in a struggle with his objects, with the words he is assumed to have produced, with the other actors who are supposedly there at his instruction. As the coherent, rational author of meaning, Valenza disappears himself.

The question that currently preoccupies Valenza in the studio is what do once disappeared. One solution is to re-work the documentation of scenarios he has already created, to reproduce the poorly recorded sound-track of Bath, for example. By breaking down the boundary between the document of an event and a post-production fiction, Valenza would turn the event itself into another thing in a chain of equivalence.

Natasha Marie Llorens.