Daniele Buetti

Maybe You Can Be One of Us

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Daniele Buetti
Maybe You Can Be One of Us

Ed. Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York, text(s) by Gianni Jetzer, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Ferdinand Ullrich, David Velasco, Beate Ermacora


2008. 232 pp., 192 ills.


20.30 x 26.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2094-6

The works of Swiss artist Daniele Buetti (*1956) possess a strange ambivalence. Initially, it often pains us to see the fruits of his artistic labors: photographs of perfectly beautiful supermodels have been branded, tattooed, and scratched—some have even had holes punched through them. However, it is fascinating to witness how the attractiveness and glamour—essentially socially determined classifications—of these women and men always seem to get the last word, securing a lasting impression on the mind of the viewer.

Maybe You Can Be One of Us focuses on Buetti’s recent drawings, videos, sculptures, and installations. They are an expression of world-weariness, and represent a sign of our times, focusing on the individual’s precarious existential orientation. The grotesque elements of his works are eminently oppressive, triggering archetypal fears of the abnormal, and evoking associations of violence and destruction. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2095-3)

Exhibition schedule: Swiss Institute, New York, February 13–March 22, 2008 Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Kunstmuseum Mülheim/Ruhr, October 6–November 30, 2008

With the support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

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