1815, Treaty of Vienna. The Jurassians attached to Bern revolt and fight to defend their independence, their French language, and their cultural and religious rights. The emerging movements are irredentist and separatist.
1978. After many years of struggle and a number of votes, plebiscites and sub-plebiscites dividing the Jura territory, part of it accedes to the status of Swiss township. Last to enter the Helvetic Confederation, Jura becomes the 26th Federated State. For certain municipalities that remained attached to Bern, the question of their belonging is still pending.
Expatriate Jurassian, my dialectical approach to the independence struggle is built in rhizome. Based on the autonomist movement’s archives, it suggests correlations between physiognomies, expressions and bodily positions in relationship to their ideology. Between icons and intimacies, a circular collective memory is constituted by the images relating to the protagonists’ emotional persistence. Remains of this tumultuous past, iconographic traces, sometimes covered by the antagonists, remember the vigor of the fight.
Graduate from ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne in the Visual Communication department, major in Photography, Zoé Aubry works in the Parisian publishing house RVBBOOKS as artistic director, photographer and graphic designer before starting a master’s degree in contemporary artistic practices at the HEAD/ Geneva School of Art and Design. Her works were especially exhibited in Amsterdam, Paris, Dusseldorf, Milano, Rio de Janeiro, Munich, Basel, Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg. Selections and Awards : — Swiss Federal Design Awards 2018 — Swiss Photo Award — vfg.selection Prix des meilleurs travaux de la photographie suisse 2017 — Prix de photographie des droits humains — Act on your futur — Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains — Regard sur le Corbusier Co-founder and President of the association noeme for the dissemination and critical reflection on the contemporary artistic image Co-founder, artist and author of the monthly magazine Kilomètres, a research space linking curatorial, theoretical and visual approaches Co-organizer and co-curator of the festival and ACT performative platform Co-organizer, co-curator and artistic director of the Plein Air movies Festival in Geneva Cultural Ombudsman