Silvie Defraoui: A work is never created alone, but in conversation with the world (On Words)
In this in-depth interview, Silvie Defraoui talks not only about her projects and practice, but also about her experiences with the national and international art scene.
Swiss artist Silvie Defraoui, born in 1935, is a pioneer of video art and art education. Beginning in 1975, she worked in collaboration with her husband Chérif Defraoui (1932–1994). Together they developed the Archives du Futur, a reflection on images, their status, and potential for memory and the future. The two artists also founded the legendary Atelier Médias Mixtes at Geneva’s École supérieure des Beaux-Arts (now HEAD—Genève). Since 1995, Defraoui has pursued a practice using various forms of expression, including projection, installation, ceramics, and serigraphy.
This book is part of the new On Words series presenting conversations with contemporary women artists. Through these conversations, readers come to understand the sources from which they draw inspiration, the themes in their work, and their view of the world. Bringing together a wide range of viewpoints, the On Words series adds a new narrative to polyphonic art history as told by those who actively shape it.
About the Author
Sarah Burkhalter is an art historian and head of the Antenne romande of the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) in Lausanne and a member of SIK-ISEA’s board.
Julie Enckell is an art historian and a director at HEAD—Genève, where she has been the head of the Cultural Development Department since 2018.
Federica Martini is an art historian and curator and heads the Visual Arts course at EDHEA in Sierre, Switzerland. She also serves as a visiting scholar at London’s University of the Arts.