The collectif_fact is comprised of Annelore Schneider (*1979, Neuchâtel, Switzerland) and Claude Piguet (*1977, Neuchâtel, Switzerland). Both studied at HEAD Geneva and are currently lecturers at Goldsmiths MA Design and UAL – Central Saint Martins and HEAD Geneva, respectively. They live and work between London and Geneva.
Their projects, mainly video based, are often a deconstruction of what we see as cinematic codes within our visual culture. They are fascinated with daily repetition, stereotypes and clichés that suffuse our popular culture. They deal mainly with aspects of (anti)spectacle, simulacra and appropriation. To do so, the artists investigate the ways that narrative can be appropriated, disrupted and re-edited to construct different stories and alternative meanings. Their videos frequently use the spectator’s ability to construct stories from ruptured narrative fragments. In fact, their videos weave together a complex mesh of references: fragments of dialogues, citations and music extracts. A collage of recognizable, familiar images with a multitude of allusion to cinema classics. collectif_fact plays with our desire to be gripped and even deceived by images and stories. By creating works that appropriate cinematic codes and strategies, they encourage the viewer to reflect critically on the habits that condition our perceptions of reality.
In 2022, collectif_fact’s video work White Shadow (2021) was awarded the main prize in the Swiss Competition category at the Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as the first prize in the Festival THIS IS SHORT organized by European Short Film Network.
Solo exhibitions of collectif_fact include those at Tenderpixel (London, UK), Centre culturel suisse (Paris, France), Palais de l’ile (Annecy, France), Centre d’Art Neuchâtel CAN (Neuchâtel, Switzerland) and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (Switzerland). collectif_fact attended the 25. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Lianzhou Foto 15th Festival (Guangdong, China), National Center of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg, Russia), Swiss Art Awards (Basel, Switzerland), Swiss Visual (Kyoto, Japan) along many others group shows. Their work has been included in several collections including the Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (France), Office fédéral de la culture (Bern, Switzerland), Fotomuseum Winthertur (Switzerland), Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain de Genève (Switzerland).