Yvan Alvarez
Untitled, 2018
crochet blanket, found objects
40 x 220 x 240 cm


Installation views :
Plattform 18, Kunsthaus Langenthal, 2018 

Pursuing the idea of collection of objects, Yvan called the fifty-two ‘Yvan’ living in Geneva and listed on the telephone directory. After a short conversation in which he explained the context and purpose of his call, Yvan asked them to think about an abject that they could give him. Then he placed their gift under a handmade crochet blanket. The objects themselves did not matter, he only gave the audience the opportunity to guess their shape through the mesh. The experience is passed on from one Yvan to another, and the name eventually became anonymous because it included all the protagonists. This community property established its own subjective criteria (name and geographic location), hence bypassing a familial, social and political model and replacing it with a nominal system.

Bénédicte Le Pimpec