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The Geneva Haute école d’art & design (HEAD) teams up each year with the BNP Paribas Switzerland Foundation to pay tribute to the talents of its young graduates. Four young artists have been awarded prizes in this year’s ‘New Heads’ contest.

The ‘New Heads - BNP Paribas Foundation Art Awards’ are based on an annual exhibition curated by an internationally-recognised figure from the art world, showcasing the work of eight artists who have graduated from the Geneva College of Art and Design. This year the exhibition, entitled ‘SOCLE(S)’, was designed by Nicolas Trembley.

‘New Heads - BNP Paribas Foundation Art Awards’ 2014

At the event, an international jury composed of Elizabeth Chardon (journalist on Le Temps), Abdallah Chatila (collector), Balthazar Lovay (Artistic Director of ‘Fri Art’, a modern art centre in Fribourg), Tobias Madison (artist), Gea Politi (Editor-in-Chief of contemporary art magazine Flash Art) and Stéphane Ribordy (Director of the Ribordy Contemporary art gallery) selected three winners. An additional winner was chosen, as every year, by BNP Paribas Switzerland employees to receive the ‘Special Award’.

‘New Heads - BNP Paribas Foundation Art Awards’ 2014The BNP Paribas Switzerland Foundation supports HEAD in promoting emerging talent in the field of the visual arts, and helping former students to embark on a professional career. ″The objectives we share and the close relationship the Foundation enjoys with its partners have enabled us to drive ahead with this ambitious project to support emerging artists,” underlined the BNP Paribas Switzerland Foundation President, Geoffroy Bazin.

The winners selected by the 2014 jury are:

  • Simon Haenni
  • Yoann Mudry
  • Ramaya Tegegne

The BNP Paribas Switzerland staff Special Award went to Simone Holliger, who has created a monumental work entirely out of paper.

The exhibition is held from 6 November to 13 December, an opportunity to see the work of the eight artists who took part in the competition, from among whom the winners were selected.

HEAD Curation Institute
4 rue du Beulet, 1203 Geneva, Switzerland
Wednesday – Saturday, 2pm – 7pm

Photography credits : © B.Coulon, HEAD – Genève