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Raphael Hefti Salutary Failures

Edited by Fabian Schöneich
Texts by Nora N. Khan, Dieter Roelstraete and Carmen Van Pamel
Conversation between Raphael Hefti and Elena Filipovic
Designed by Maximage

19 x 27 cm. 352 pages. Hardcover
ISBN 978-88-945353-0-3

The first comprehensive monograph on Swiss artist Raphael Hefti is published on the occasion of a major solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel in October 2020. Over the last ten years, Hefti has created an astonishingly rich body of work consisting of sculptures and installations, performance and “art-in-public-spaces.”

Industrial materials and manufacturing processes run like a thread through the artist’s practice. With a background in electrical engineering, industrial design, and photography, Hefti makes work based on our everyday world but focused on what is hardly noticed, the properties and possibilities of the material. He disrupts industrial process flows, developing work in close cooperation with employees of industrial production facilities.

This publication is structured as a captivating visualization of the artist’s complete body of work. Addressing the ground zero of Hefti’s art—material and process—diverse contributions by art researchers, fiction writers, and scientists shed light on the artist’s work and attempt to define a new interpretation. Ideas about sculpture and installation in contemporary art play a role—and so do notions such as error, risk and the finiteness of the universe.

The Artist

Raphael Hefti was born in 1978 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as an electronics engineer, he studied photography at the École cantonale d’art, Lausanne and art studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Hefti has shown internationally including solo exhibitions at Camden Art Centre, London, CAPC Bordeaux, Nottingham Contemporary, Foundation Vincent Van Gogh in Arles and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

The Editor

Fabian Schöneich is a curator, writer, and editor based in Berlin, Germany and Basel, Switzerland. From 2014 to 2018 he was the curator of Portikus in Frankfurt. He worked as an assistant curator at the Kunsthalle Basel from 2012 to 2014 and curated the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Performance Project of LISTE Art Fair in Basel.