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Xenia Lucie Laffely

Bio/Statement

Born in Switzerland, lives and works between Lausanne and Montréal. Xénia Lucie Laffely has a background in fashion design, french litterature, art history and feminist studies - studied in Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design of Geneva, University of Lausanne and University of Quebec in Montréal.

In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Swiss Art Awards (cancelled edition due of Covid). She has been awarded by the Swiss Design Awards (2018), the Leenaards Cultural Grants (2014) and the Hans Wilsdorf Award of Excellence (2012).

She had recent solo and duo shows at Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna ; Valentin 61, Lausanne ; Casa Bianca, Montréal ; Last Tango, Zurich ; Ferme de la chapelle, Geneva.

She has participated in group exhibitions at Rad Hourani Gallery, Montréal ; Mayten’s, Toronto ; Plain Gallery, Milano ; Fondation du Doute, Blois ; Centre National d’Art Graphique Le Signe, Chaumont.

Laffely’s practice combines the traditional language of textile work with the contemporary aesthetic of digital photoshoped painting, creating hybrid pieces that questions hierarchies between art, design and crafts. She creates a lively sentimental reappropriation of issues related to domestic space, intimacy, queer love and self-fiction.

« Xénia Lucie Laffely’s visual language has an affinity to post-internet aesthetics with slick Photoshopped gradients as backdrops and trippy environments with surreal appearances of bodies. Her textile pieces are appealing and yet also somehow disturbing. It is a space inhabited by characters with hybrid identities, porous bodies with snake-like protrusions and claw-like nails, pointing to Laffely’s interest in the fine line between hyper femininity and the witch persona.

She devotes deep contemplation to their making, merging modern digital techniques with traditional craftsmanship to disrupt sexist and ethnocentric stereotypes associated with textile art. Through a very specific process of digital painting, textile printing, patchwork and layering, embroidering, quilting and framing, her work highlights the richness of a material lead approach of textile.»

Linda Jensen and Arianna GelliniLast Tango, 2019

CV

SOLO & DUO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2022 (tba) Eastern Edge, St John, New Foundland, Canada
  • 2021 (tba) Eeeh, Nyon, Switzerland
  • Puzzled (with Suzanna Flock), Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria
  • Si les cuisses sifflaient, Valentin 61, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2020 Swan Lamp, Casa Bianca, Montréal, Canada / Swiss Art Awards digital
  • 2019 Expanding Bodies (with Nastasia Mera), Villa Bernasconi, Ferme de la Chapelle,
  • Geneva
  • 2018 Meeting (with Dieter Hall), Galerie Last Tango, Zurich
  • Buste, Design Parade, Hôtel de la Reine Jane, Hyères
  • Ghosts fever (with Valérie Reding), Espace d’art du Cabanon, Lausanne
  • #9, Galerie Strawberry fields, Genève
  • Dry your feminist tears (with A-V Zuber), Fête du Slip, Galerie Forma, Lausanne
  • 2017 Bienvenue chez les Charles, Villa Noailles, Hyères
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2021 (tba) Mayten’s, Toronto
  • (tba) Meta Movement Land, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Maison Modèle, Centre Clark, Montréal
  • WE, Rad Hourani Gallery, Montréal
  • 2020 Living Cube #4, Galerie B., Orléans, France
  • Love my way, Villa Noailles, 35 Fashion and Photography Festival, Hyères, France
  • Temple du futur, 13 Desserts, 35 Fashion and Photography Festival, Hyères
  • After Party, Fondation du doute, Blois, France
  • Opening show, Plain Gallery, Milano, Italy
  • Des seins à desseins, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Héros, Héroïnes, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France
  • 2019 Living Cube # 3, Orléans
  • De toute les façons, (curated by studio GGSV), Centre National d’Art Graphique
  • Le Signe, Chaumont, France
  • Nouveaux regards 2, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France
  • We couldn’t find the door, Fey Art festival, Fey, France
  • Swiss, Palazzo Litta, Design Week Fuori Salone, Milano, Italy
  • 2018 Noces barbares, Espace des Chiffonniers, Toulouse, France
  • Design Parade, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France
  • Charles et Marie Laure de Noailles, MAD windows, Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris
  • Swiss Design Awards, (winner), Basel
  • 2017 Bourses Déliée (winner), FCAC, Design Days, Genève
  • Exposition inaugurale, galerie Les lofts du vieux ports, Marseille
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
  • 2020 Swiss Art Awards, Switzerland
  • 2019 Grant for artistic research, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland
  • 2018 Winner, Swiss Design Awards, Basel
  • 2017 Finalist, Design Preis Schweiz, Langenthal
  • 2017 Finalist, Croix-Rouge x HEAD award, Geneva
  • 2017 Semi-finalist, Design Preis Schweiz, Langenthal
  • 2017 Winner, Bourses Défilées, Contemporary Art Found, Geneva
  • 2015 Cultural grant, Leenaards Foundation, Switzerland
  • 2013 Semi-finalist, H&M Award
  • 2013 Finalist, International fashion and photography festival, Hyères
  • 2012 Excellence grant, Hans Wilsdorf Foundation
RESIDENCIES
  • 2022 (tba) Residency and solo show, Eastern Edge, St John, New Foundland, Canada
  • 2021 Residency and solo show, Eeeeh, Nyon, Switzerland
  • 2018 Artistic residency, Pompadour Center, Ercourt, France