Portraits of 21st century
Exhibition open from 11 February to 29 August 2021
The infrared image is one of the visual signatures of our time. It is disturbing, strange, hyper-technological. It identifies cases of fever in a pandemic or checks whether a building is well insulated. It is as much a surveillance tool as it is a diagnostic tool.
Architect Philippe Rahm uses a thermal camera in his practice, concerned about sustainable development. He also uses infrared technology to take portraits or urban scenes. The utilitarian image is diverted towards an artistic, especially empathetic goal.
Philippe Rahm, a Lausanne native, trained at the EPFL, holds a doctorate in architecture and lives and works in Paris. He is internationally renowned for a climatic approach to his art, between physiology and meteorology. He teaches in France and in the United States.