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Françoise Cartier (Swiss, b. 1952)
Daniel Cartier (Swiss, b. 1950)

  • With established individual careers, Françoise as a sculptor/painter, Daniel as a black-and-white photographer (in 1977 & 1980 Daniel was awarded with the Swiss Federal Grant of Applied Arts), they have worked in dialogue since 1995. They fused their practices in 1998, exhibiting as f&d cartier. These artists create a series of images in which they question intimacy, everyday life, as well as fashion stereotypes in a poetic and ironical way. Applying generally the photogram technique, a primitive cameraless photography, f&d cartier use minimalists & alternative technologies. They place personal objects like empty Barbie dresses, handkerchiefs, panties and bras in contact with a black-and-white photosensitive paper surface. Following exposure to natural light, f&d cartier process the paper akin to the method Fox Talbot used for his very first "photogenic drawings" in 1839. The body of work has a unique pink tone which gives a delicate feeling, matching the contemporary themes. In 1998, f&d cartier were awarded Geneva's Michel Jordi Photographic Award. Through the Landis & Gyr Foundation, they spent six months in 1999 as artists-in-residence in London. Presented in "The-Selection vfg Prize," (swiss professional contemporary photography) in 2002, the series "someday,…" won the Acquisition Prize from the Swiss Foundation of Photography in Zurich. f&d cartier's work is in numerous private and public collections in Europe, the United States, and South America. Specific collections include the Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne Switzerland, the Swiss Foundation of Photography in Zurich, the Museet for Fotokunst Odense Denmark, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France Paris, and Fotografie Forum international Francfort. The Photoforum Bienne Switzerland will host a solo show in March 2003. The Houston Center of Photography in Texas will host a solo exhibition of their work in 2003-2004. The first solo show in New York of these Swiss artists will take place at Yossi Milo Gallery, who also represents f&d cartier in the USA, from December 5th, 2002 to January 18th, 2003.

  • Publications | a selection since 1997:

    1997 Revue Art Suisse 2.97 fc; 1999 Swiss Embassy Cultural Bulletin London, "Crossroads" dc; 2000 SSFA Journal 1/2000 fc; Varlin - Werk und Leben, Ed. Scheidegger & Spiess, Zuerich dc; KATALOG - Journal of photography & video, spring 2000 "Slowness" fdc; Museet for Fotokunst, Danemark fdc; Catologue Month of Photography, nov. 2000, Bratislava fdc; 2002 Revue "Intervalles" "La photographie a Bienne et dans le Jura" dc; Jahrbuch "The Selection vfg. - photographie professionnelle Suisse" fdc; Le tombeau vide - monologue - dialogue, Open 02 fdc; Photovision magazine, Spain (ed. Joan Fontcuberta) fdc; The Photo Review, Philadelphia (ed. Stephen Perloff) fdc; Foto - Edition, nov. 02 / dutch photographic magazine fdc

  • Reviews:

    Aquisition | acquisition 2001, Martin Gasser, Conservateur Fondation Suisse pour la Photographie / Chairman Swiss Foundation for Photography. Daniel Cartier: Le temps universel / The universal time, Charles-Henri Favrod, Directeur | Former director Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne. Apparition de l'image / Image de l'apparence: les photogrammes de F & D Cartier Anne Sanciaud-Azanza, conservatrice chargée de la photographie contemporaine, Bibliothèque nationale de France. F&D Cartier, J.-Christophe Blaser, Conservateur adjoint Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne.