Didier Rittener

État Sauvage / Wild State
09.25.09 - 10.18.09
Exhibition — Galerie Sollertis

View of exhibition at the Galerie Sollertis

Photo Damien Aspe, ©Le Printemps de septembre, à Toulouse.

View of exhibition at the Galerie Sollertis, 2009.

Photo Damien Aspe, ©Le Printemps de septembre, à Toulouse.

Born in 1969.

Lives in Lausanne.


Cofounder of the Circuit collective in Lausanne, this draughtsman first accumulated a huge store of images, taken from very different sources. Redrawn, then transferred to books, wall paintings, and installations, these mixed images form cultural collisions, poetic panoramas, and mental projections.

The Swiss artist draws from his repertory of short-circuited images.


What does the festival’s subtitle “Here where I am doesn’t exist” do for you?
Didier Rittener : I think of a drawing. “I turn the radio up full blast. The streets are completely empty, I’m driving fast. When I come to a red light, I really feel like jumping it, but I stop when I glimpse an advertisement that I don’t remember seeing before. All it says is: “Disappear Here”, and even though it’s probably an ad for some seaside resort, it gives me the willies, I hit the gas pedal and the car leaps forward.”
Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero (1985).


What are you preparing for the Printemps de Septembre?
Didier Rittener  : “At the intersection, which might have acted as the entrance to the small town blurred by darkness, our headlights picked out three hoardings which proclaimed, in the guffaw of their sparkling red reflectors,
          THE SAME.”
Clarence Cooper, The Farm (1967).


What does art help you accomplish?
Didier Rittener  : A long journey.


Saturdays 26 September, 3, 10 and 17 October at 6pm

ZAACHEEL (2.0 MEETING), jazz  electro-improvisation concerts in four different formations.
Programme available online at