Jean-Luc Cramatte – Inventory

Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
3 March to 28 May 2012
Opening: 2 March, from 6 p.m.

Jean-Luc Cramatte has been preoccupied with the notion of the photographic inventory for almost 20 years. Cramatte was born in Porrentruy in 1959 and is an obsessive image maker and collector – with as much interest in his own photographs as in found images.

Untitled, from the series 'Paysage de ferme', 2011
© Jean-Luc Cramatte

His explorations of the visible world are always based on wilful concepts that draw our attention to the inconspicuous, to what is often overlooked. Cramatte also tends to work in series, investigating the “normality” of life today with a humorous and critical eye, in photographic surveys that provide an instructive ethnography of the everyday.

Untitled, from the series 'Poste mon amour', 2001-2008
© Jean-Luc Cramatte

Untitled, from the series 'Inventaires suisses, Yodleurs', 2002
© Jean-Luc Cramatte

The exhibition at the Fotostiftung Schweiz presents several of Cramatte’s photographic inventories together with a survey of the “Enquête photographique fribourgeoise”, a project co-initiated by Cramatte, for which younger photographers are commissioned to make visual records of Canton Fribourg.

Further information (PDF)

Untitled, from the series 'Paysages de fermes', 2011
© Jean-Luc Cramatte

Special events

Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 12.15 p.m.
Bildfokus am Mittag with Sylvie Henguely: Swiss Identity in the Work of Jean-Luc Cramatte
Admission CHF 10.– / 7.– (Fotostiftung Schweiz)
Followed by lunch in the Bistro George (optional).

Sunday, 15 April 2012, 11.30 p.m. (in French)
«Between Art and Assignment. On the Value of Photographic Inventories». Conversation with Jean-Luc Cramatte and Gérald Berger, Commissioner for Culture of Canton Fribourg and co-founder oft the «Enquête photographique fribourgeoise».
Admission CHF 15.– / 10.– (Fotostiftung Schweiz)

With support from the Federal Office of Culture, Migros-Kulturprozent, Etat de Fribourg / Canton Fribourg, Loterie Romande, and Iford