curated by Friederike Nymphius

​May - October, 2021

Cassina Projects

Valentin Carron

Mechanics and Animality, 2021

Oil on MDF board

300 x 180 x 30 cm | 118 x 71 x 11 in 



curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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Valentin Carron works in the fields of sculpture, painting and installation. He uses symbolically charged objects or elements from his own living environment as well as from broader cultural contexts. He detaches these objects from their origins and remakes them anew as true-to-the-original repetitions in synthetic materials, as copies, substitute objects, relics, which thus put their cultural meaning or repeatedly experienced reinterpretation up for discussion again in a different way.


Valentin Carron leaves the interpretability of what is depicted in the realm of the possible and never definitively concretises it. In this case, it is the shape of the cross fromed by rough and cheap mdf. The cross is an important Christian symbol and at the same time only a simple geometric form. Interpretation and understanding are absolutely subjective and left to the single viewer.


„First of all it means nothing“

(Valentin Carron, 2020)


2013 Swiss Pavillion, Biennale di Venezia