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from September 21, 2019 to October 8, 2020

410m2 of creativity to support the metamorphosis of Uni Bastions

Since 2018, Collectif 1m83 has been inviting contemporary photographers to exhibit their work in public spaces in an effort to show passers-by the interaction between nature, art and architecture.


Each “urban canvas” is inspired by the history of the place and its environment, fusing together, during the period of renovation, a building with a piece of art.


Cultural mediation plays a central role in the proposed creations. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, 1m83 invites the public to meet and exchange ideas around important themes such as public art, the environment, heritage and architecture. 


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The artwork



From the series “Vous êtes ici” (you are here) designed by Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, this singular panorama offers an opportunity to contemplate. Like this dreamy and lonely woman, the spectator is immersed in the beauty of

a landscape that is both peaceful and mysterious. The originality of this bare space lies in the manufacturing process. The landscape is produced by a computer program that uses the colors and shapes of the woman herself.

At the heart of this anamorphosis of 410 m2,

the human - very real - is the origin of the digital environment. The image refers symbolically to the vegetal universe of the Bastions Park and the impact human beings have on nature. While being integrated into the urban space, this canvas also echoes the planned transformation of the emblematic building of the University of Geneva. A metamorphosis of the stone that follows sustainable development principles and supports the continuous acquisition of knowledge within a creative university open to the world.

Vous êtes ici, 2002-2006 © Mathieu-Bernard Reymond

Cultural mediation


Within the framework of this open-air exhibition, the Collectif 1m83 proposes to children to rediscover the Parc des Bastions through art. Available online, the cultural activity Who are the landscapes? echoes the photographic work "Vous êtes ici" by the artist Mathieu Bernard-Reymond. Its subject: a solitary woman facing the beauty of a mysterious landscape. 


This mediation has been conceived for classes from 5P to 8P (8-12 years old) as an interactive and playful journey in this essential place in Geneva. It is also a virtual visit at the end of which each child is invited to draw his or her own landscape and to discover the secret of the work's making. 

©Mathieu-Bernard Reymond

The artist


Born in Gap in 1976, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond

graduated from the Institute of Political Studies

in Grenoble and the School of Photography

in Vevey. He made visual transformation

his signature. By numerically transforming landscapes and architectures, the French-Swiss artist creates strange and poetic worlds that combine romanticism and conceptual dimension. He exhibits his work around the world since 2001 and already received multiple awards.

The meeting between photography

and an emblematic building

of the alma mater

Métamorphose, 2019, Toile urbaine à l'Uni Bastions, Genève © 1m83 Art

Built by architects Collart, Franel and Gindroz between 1868 and 1872, the University of Bastions was built on the backfilled pits that surrounded the ancient fortifications of the 17th century.

Symbol of Geneva's academic life, the building is made up of three bodies: in the center,  the Academy founded by Jean Calvin, and in the wings the Museum of Natural History (Aile Jura) until 1963 and the Public Library (Salève wing).

Symbol of Geneva's academic life, the building is made up of three bodies: in the center,  

the Academy founded by Jean Calvin, and in the wings the Museum of Natural History (Aile Jura) until 1963 and the Public Library (Salève wing).


In the news


23 juin 2020

Les enfants partent à la (re)découverte du Parc des Bastions

Pendant le confinement, le collectif 1m83 a proposé à des enfants de redécouvrir le parc des Bastions à travers l’art. Une visite virtuelle à la fin de laquelle chaque enfant a dû dessiner son propre paysage.


1er octobre 2019

Métamorphose aux Bastions

Découverte du projet artistique "Métamorphose" au Parc des Bastions à Genève.

24 septembre 2019

Une toile urbaine à Uni Bastions

Une fresque photographique habillera durant un an l'une des façades de l'Aile Jura à Uni Bastions, actuellement en rénovation.

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1m83 Metamorphose Tribune de Genève

3 septembre 2019

No'Photo ouvre grand les yeux

La 2e édition de la biennale photographique genevoise s’étoffe largement. Deux semaines durant, elle sustentera tous les appétits.

1m83 Métamorphose Tribune de Genève

10 octobre 2019

Alternative innovante aux bâches traditionnelles

Le «Collectif 1m83 Art» offre la possibilité à des artistes de faire dialoguer une œuvre d’art existante et un bâtiment, les échafaudages servant de supports d’expression. 

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Capture d’écran 2019-09-27 à 09.23_edite

25 septembre 2019

L'oeuvre la plus spectaculaire de NO'PHOTO

La 2e édition de No’Photo investit aussi bien l’espace public que des lieux fermés


19 septembre 2019

Une œuvre d'art accompagne la rénovation d'Uni Bastions

La photographie monumentale de Mathieu Bernard-Reymond sera inaugurée samedi 21 septembre dans le cadre de la biennale No'Photo.

1m83 Métamorphose Radio Lac

3 septembre 2019

Genève: No’photo devient une biennale

Au vu du succès de l’édition 2017 de la nuit de la photographie, la Ville de Genève a décidé de lancer une manifestation biennale. Cette deuxième édition de No’photo aura lieu du 21 septembre au 5 octobre dans une vingtaine de lieux.

1m83 Métamorphose Radio La

10 octobre 2019

Une fenêtre métaphysique aux Bastions

Décryptage: Mathieu Bernard-Reymond a couvert une façade bâchée pour travaux d'Uni Bastions d'une œuvre géante, fenêtre vers un monde minéral apaisé.


N°32 - automne 2019

Un automne photographique

Photographier le bâti, photographier le paysage urbain. Qui s'y est essayé sait qu'il faut un peu de technique. 

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1m83 Metamorphose Le Courrier

4 septembre 2019

No’photo: la Ville de Genève transforme l’essai en biennale

Le succès de l’édition 2017 de la nuit de la photographie a encouragé la Ville de Genève à pérenniser la manifestation.

1m83 Métamorphose Le Courrier

The metamorphosis
of a canvas

In collaboration with the Métiers d'Art Genève, the Collectif 1m83 wished to launch a competition to recycle this 410m2 urban canvas.


The recycling of the canvas will give a second life to this ephemeral art and will highlight the creativity and know-how of local Swiss designers and craftsmen in order to produce, distribute and market an original and attractive product.

Métamorphose, 2019, Toile urbaine à l'Uni Bastions, Genève © 1m83 Art


Mathieu Bernard-Reymond


©Mathieu-Bernard Reymond

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