Stephane Blumer

Born in 1985 in Geneva, CH
Lives and works between London, UK and Paris, FR
Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense

Well-versed in communicative methodologies and rhetorical abstractions, Stephane Blumer’s sculptures, installations, videos and salt paintings speak in a language of the artist’s creation, one that attests to his on-going conversation with the verbal and non-verbal cues appropriated by expression.
By removing emoticons, symbols that have more pervasively begun to pepper electronic messages, from their text-based homes and inserting them, black, big and bleakly, onto white gallery walls, Blumer monochromatically magnifies their significance to feeling and function. His translation of fundamental images of emotion back into a stark, complex language is a compelling commentary on the communication between humans and their seemingly always winking minds.


2015 PhD in Anthropology, EHESS, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, FR
2015 Saas-Fee Institute of Art, The European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, CH
2012 MA Fine Art Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK
2010 BA Fine Art HEAD, Haute Ecole D'Art et Design, Geneva, CH

2014 Pro Helvetia Grant for Research, Shanghai, CN
2014 Research Residency, The Institute For Provocation (IFP), Beijing, CN
2014 The Elephant Trust, with Assembly Passage Project, London, UK
2014 VITRINE Residency, VITRINE gallery, London, UK
2012 Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour, Geneva, CH
2010 Rotary Foundation Bursary, Geneva, CH

Ameias, Zaratan Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, PT
Algazzara, Appleton Square Gallery, Lisbon, PT
Etcetera 等等, Institute For Provocation (IFP), Beijing, CN
(Super)latus, Tivoli Kunsthalle, Geneva, CH
Epi(deixis), BYCR gallery, Milan, IT
Ellipsis, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK
Sweat Dreams, Le Spot, Geneva, CH
Dobra, Flausina, Lisbon, PT

Standing in the Shade, Mile End Art Pavilion London, UK
Deviant Art Festival, La Reliure, Geneva, CH
Restrospective, Le Spot, Geneva, CH
Drive Thru, Q-Park Cavendish Square, London, UK