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 from August 15 to March 28, 2019

A 365m2 artwork exhibited in the heart of Geneva

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



The Swiss photographer Guillaume Perret presents two monumental portraits titled “Trait d'union” (hyphen) at Boulevard Helvétique 14. The work stretches over 365m2 of protective canvas and symbolises the link between different generations.

A duo of smiles consisting of two anonymous faces. One looks at the past, the other at the future - the young girl smiles at Saint-Pierre Cathedral, her elder oversees Lake Geneva and the more modern city center.


There is however a common point between these two beings: the sun, source of life that feeds the youth passion and illuminates the wisdom of the older generation.

Kaleo-Solar © Guillaume Perret
Kaleo-Solar @ Guillaume Perret
©Guillaume Perret

The artist






Snapshot autodidact, the Neuchâtelois Guillaume Perret looks at his peers with

an aesthetic and sharp eye. His work focuses on the human being through reporting and portrait, his favourite areas given his fascination for their elusive nature. In 2018 he won the Swiss Press Photo for his positive journalism featuring everyday heroes. The artist gives us here a concentrate of facial expression and inner energy. An invitation to seize the present moment and the transmission between generations.

Geneva Tour de Rive,
a reflection of post-war

Trait d'union, 2018, Toile urbaine au Boulevard Helvétique, Genève © 1m83 Art

La Tour de Rive, a reflection of post-war modernity, was created by the architect Marc-Joseph Saugey and is considered one of the most brilliant work of his time.

A secular look at this faded-looking old lady would suggest she was born in the 1960s alongside Citroën DS and Polaroid.


At almost 80 years old, this lookout nestled in the heart of the protected perimeter of Geneva's Old Town still knows how to play tricks.


Product of the architecture studio grouping Louis Vincent, René Schwertz, Marc-Joseph Saugey and Henri Lesemann (VSSL), the Tour de Rive hopes to recover its 1938 appearance, the one entered in the cantonal inventory.


In the news

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16 Août 2018

Bâche de chantier pour promouvoir l'art en grand

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3 Septembre 2018

Quand l'art s'invite sur les chantiers genevois

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16 Août 2018

Une oeuvre de 365m2 exposée en plein coeur de Genève

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Septembre 2018

Un collectif genevois se mobilise pour que des photos d’artistes recouvrent les échafaudages de chantier. Et rendent la ville plus belle.

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6 Septembre 2018

Transformer un chantier en œuvre d’art

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3 Septembre 2019

Genève: No’photo devient une biennale

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27 Août 2018


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22 Août 2018

Le photographe neuchâtelois Guillaume Perret expose des portraits géants à Genève

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16 Août 2018

La photographie s’affiche à Genève

Exhibition produced thanks to the support of



Guillaume Perret


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