©2024|Roger Weiss

rogerweiss@bluemail.ch

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About




The photographic work of Roger Weiss delves deeply into contemporary Anthropic identity. Weiss, a Swiss photographer, graduated summa cum laude from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Italy, reelaborates human bodies through fragmentations, hybridisations, dilations, and photographic reconstructions, to reveal the archetypal form of the human being.

His work has been exhibited at exhibit spaces and art fairs in Europe and the US including: Ohsh Projects, London (UK), Gallery Sèbastien Lepeuve, Clichy (FR), Snap! Orlando Gallery, Orlando (US), Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, Florence (IT), Museo del Barocco (IT), Gervasuti Foundation, Venice (IT), Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg (DE), Kulturzentrum Alte Kaserne, Winterthur (CH).
He has several publications in books and leading trade magazines including: The Opéra, Kerber publisher, book (DE), The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's, Josef Weiss Private Press, book (CH), Doppelgänger, Image of the Human Being, Gestalten publisher, book (DE), Schön! Magazine (UK), Carnale Magazine (IT), Digit! Magazine (DE), Blink Magazine (Korea), and interviews including Exibart (IT), ArtsLife (IT), i-D (UK), Dazed (UK), Vogue Italia (IT), RSI (CH), NY ARTS (USA). His collaborations include brands such as Apple, Enterprise Japan, Amina Muaddi and Wolford.
From 2017 to 2020 he was the art director of Collectible DRY magazine.

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Selected Shows



Group Show: Ohsh Projects
Liquify
London, UK
co-curated by Jon Baker and OHSH Projects

Art Fair: MIA Milan Image Art Fair
LOOKING AT HER
Paola sosio contemporary art milan, IT
Curated by DOMENICO DE CHIRICO


Group Show: FUMES AND PERFUMES
FUMES AND PERFUMES 9.0
Stuttgart, DE (Catalogue)


Group Show: Gallery SÈBASTIEN LEPEUVE
21
Clichy, FR

Group Show: Museo Regionale della Bonifica di Cà Vendramin
L’energia della creatività
Rovigo, IT
Curated byi Melania Ruggini

Group Show: Limonaia di Villa Strozzi
Diari Urbani
Florence, IT
curated by Chiara Massini

Group Show: Museo del Barocco
LA BELLEZZA SOSPESA TRA VISIONE E REALTà
Noto, IT (catalogue)
curated by Chiara Massini

Art Fair: Photissima Art Fair
Welcome to the jungle!
Torin, IT
Curated by Famiglia Margini gallery Milan, IT


Solo Show: PArCo | Padiglione Arte Contemporanea
Cyclical Time
Casier, IT
Curated by Chiara Massini

Group Show: Gervasuti Foundation
SCREAMING SCREEN
Venice, IT

Solo Show: Association Oltre la Moda, Spazio Luigi Salvioli artist representatives s.r.l. LULÙ
Milan, IT
Curated by Luigi Salvioli

Solo Show: Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut
Sospension
Heidelberg, DE
Curated by Jakob J. Köllhofer

Group Show: Kulturzentrum Alte Kaserne
Start 2
Winterthur, CH

Curated by Iren Tanner




Selected Artwork


  1. Hysteria 
  2. Human Dilatations
  3. Flat Humans
  4. Genealogy of a Body
  5. Survey of Human Map
  6. Intimate Archive
  7. Cyclical Time
  8. Be Two  
  9. I am Flesh



Selected Interviews


Magazine: Collater.al
LE HUMAN DILATATIONS DI ROGER WEISS
7 July 2023, IT
Text by Giorgia Massari


Blog: Exibart
OTHER IDENTITY #49. ALTRE FORME DI IDENTITÀ CULTURALI E PUBBLICHE: ROGER WEISS
Issue 49, 17 feb. 2023, IT
Interviewer: Francesco Arena


Newspaper: ArtsLife
ROGER WEISS: RIELABORARE IL CORPO ALLA RICERCA DEL SUO ARCHETIPO
the cultural revolution online, 19 Jan. 2023, IT
Interviewer: Rebecca Delmenico


Magazine: Carnale Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
Issue 3,  10 pages + a limited edition poster of 100,
size 203x140cm. Sept. 2022, IT
Interview by Lorenzo Ottone


Magazine: SFG Magazine
THERE ARE NO IDEAS THAT ARE NOT CON- NECTED WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, DESIRES AND FEARS
12 Feb. 2022, UA
Interviewer: Sergey Gutakovsky
Translation: Angelina Petrova
Editor: Sergey Fomkin


Magazine: Swarm Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
02 Sept. 2021, Prague, Czechia
Interview by Markéta Kosinová


Podcast: SPREAKER Podcast
ROGER WEISS E L’ARTE DEL KINTSUGI
00:12:34, 02 July 2021, IT
by Alessio Bottiroli
On The Nature Of Light
Un podcast di e sulla fotografia


Magazine: I-D
I CORPI DISTORTI ED EMANCIPATI NEGLI SCATTI DI ROGER WEISS PER LA COLLEZI- ONE AMINA MUADDI X WOLFORD
29 July 2021, IT
TEXT by Carolina Davalli


Blog: The Dummy’s Tales
ROGER WEISS, IL CORPO ANARCHICO
08 Feb. 2021, IT
TEXT by Francesca Interlenghi


Magazine: Art Super Magazine
ROGER WEISS: EATING, THE ACT OF CONFIDENCE
Jan. 2018, IT
Interview by Annalisa Scandroglio


Magazine: D’Scene Magazine
THE PERSPECTIVE OF ROGER WEISS
4 pages, Dec, 2017, UK
Interview by Sav Liotta


Magazine: Digit! Magazine
AUSWEITUNG DER KOMFORTZONE
8 pages, Oct/Nov 2016, DE
Interview by Von Peter Schuffelen


Magazine: Hestetika Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
8 pages, Oct. 2016, IT
Interview by Valentina De’ Mathà


Magazine: Dazed
THESE PHOTOGRAPHS EXPLORE NEW PER- SPECTIVES OF FEMALE BEAUTY
26 June 2016, UK
Interview by Ione Gamble


Blog: FotoRoom
HUMAN DILATATIONS: Roger Weiss Creates Mind-Blowing Portraits of Dilated Female Bodies
02 May 2016, IT


Rubrique: Les Blogs DE l’ART HELVÈTIQUE CONTEMPORAIN
UN HOMME EN MOUVEMENT: PORTRAIT DE L’ARTISTE DE THURGOVIE ROGER WEISS
23 July 2015, CH
Interview byJ-Paul Gavard-Perret
Rubrique des arts plastiques et de la littérature en Suisse


Magazine: Vogue Italia
ROGER WEISS
05 April 15, IT
Interview by Alessia Glaviano


TV: RSI, Cult Tv
ROGER WEISS
03 March 2014, CH


Magazine: Ticino Welcome Magazine
VOGLIO SCOPRIRE NUOVI TERRITORI DA ESPLORARE E RACCONTARE
6 pages, Sept/Nov, 2013, CH


Magazine: Blink Magazine
ROGER WEISS
14 pages + Cover, 2012, Korea


Magazine: NY Arts magazine
I AM FLESH
1 page, Summer 2011, NY


Magazine: Twill magazine
35 AN ETHMOGRAPHIC PROJECT
10 pages, June 2010, FR
TEXT by Adriano Zamperini


Magazine: Fotocomputer Magazine
ROGER WEISS
Issue 67, 6 pages, April 2005, IT









Special Projects


  1. Enterprise Japan
  2. Carnale Magazine
  3. Learnn
  4. Apple
  5. Collectible DRY
  6. Cosha
  7. Wolford|Amina Muaddi
  8. Camilla Sparksss
  9. Schön! Magazine




Selected Publications
    


BOOK: Seltmann Publisher
FUMES AND PERFUMES
10 pages, 18 Jan. 2024, DE
Herausgeber / Editors: Frank Bayh & Steff Rosenberger-Ochs, Peter Franck, Bernd Kammerer, Monica Menez und Yves Noir


MAGAZINE: WeAr Magazine
We Are One
Issue 75, 1 page, March 2023. IT
Enterprise Japan FW23 Campaign


BOOK: Dumont Publisher
I SEE VULVAS EVERYWHERE
1 page, 18 July. 2023, DE
By Lisa Frischemeier


Book: Kerber Publisher
THE OPÉRA
10 pages, 14 Nov. 2022, DE
Edited by Matthias Straub Designed by Steffen Knöll Designed by Sven Tillack
Limited anniversary issue of The Opéra – Magazine for Contemporary Nude Photography – including its most famous positions of the past as well as new views on the human body


Magazine: Carnale Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
Issue 3,  10 pages + a limited edition poster of 100,
size 203x140cm. Sept, 2022, IT


MAGAZINE: The Opéra Magazine
THE HUG
Volume X, 10 pages, 12 July 2021, DE


Magazine: D’Scene Magazine
THE PERSPECTIVE OF ROGER WEISS
4 pages, Dec, 2017, UK


MAGAZINE: The Opéra Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
Volume VI, 8 pages, Oct. 2017, DE


MAGAZINE: Schön Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
Issue 33, 10 pages, Oct. 2017, UK


BOOK: Josef Weiss Private Press
THE SONG OF SONGS, WHICH IS SOLOMON’S, 2016, CH


Magazine: Digit! Magazine
AUSWEITUNG DER KOMFORTZONE
8 pages, Oct/Nov 2016, DE


Magazine: Hestetika Magazine
HUMAN DILATATIONS
8 pages, Oct. 2016, IT


Magazine: Ticino Welcome Magazine
VOGLIO SCOPRIRE NUOVI TERRITORI DA ESPLORARE E RACCONTARE
6 pages, Sept/Nov, 2013, CH


Magazine: Blink Magazine
ROGER WEISS
Cover + 14 pages, 2012, Korea


BOOK: Gestalten Publishers
DOPPELGÄNGER, IMAGE OF THE HUMAN BEING
2 pages, Jan. 31, 2011, DE


Magazine: NY Arts magazine
I AM FLESH
1 page, Summer 2011, NY


Magazine: Twill magazine
35 AN ETHMOGRAPHIC PROJECT
10 pages, June 2010, FR
TEXT by Adriano Zamperini


Magazine: Fotocomputer Magazine
ROGER WEISS
Issue 67, 6 pages, April 2005, IT





















The photographic work of Roger Weiss delves deeply into contemporary Anthropic identity. Weiss, a Swiss photographer, graduated summa cum laude from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Italy, reelaborates human bodies through fragmentations, hybridisations, dilations, and photographic reconstructions, to reveal the archetypal form of the human being.

His work has been exhibited at exhibit spaces and art fairs in Europe and the US including: Ohsh Projects, London (UK), Gallery Sèbastien Lepeuve, Clichy (FR), Snap! Orlando Gallery, Orlando (US), Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, Florence (IT), Museo del Barocco (IT), Gervasuti Foundation, Venice (IT), Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg (DE), Kulturzentrum Alte Kaserne, Winterthur (CH).
He has several publications in books and leading trade magazines including: The Opéra, Kerber publisher, book (DE), The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's, Josef Weiss Private Press, book (CH), Doppelgänger, Image of the Human Being, Gestalten publisher, book (DE), Schön! Magazine (UK), Carnale Magazine (IT), Digit! Magazine (DE), Blink Magazine (Korea), and interviews including Exibart (IT), ArtsLife (IT), i-D (UK), Dazed (UK), Vogue Italia (IT), RSI (CH), NY ARTS (USA). His collaborations include brands such as Apple, Enterprise Japan, Amina Muaddi and Wolford.
From 2017 to 2020 he was the art director of Collectible DRY magazine.













©2024|Roger Weiss

rogerweiss@bluemail.ch

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2021-Present|Hysteria


hst220821_21ph from the Hysteria series
hst241023_28-2ph from the Hysteria series

hst051123_26ph from the Hysteria series
hst171023_40ph from the Hysteria series



Hysteria: Contemporary 
relational dualities




Hysteria is a photographic and video series that explores the mysterious concept of the double, focusing on the portrait and revealing a dichotomous representation of the intricate dynamics present in contemporary love relationships.

In any relational context, where instincts collide with sociocultural challenges, Hysteria seeks to unveil our ID, navigating through an increasingly sophisticated labyrinth of desires and repressions.

The series is articulated via the constant tension between the internal and private sphere, embodied
by a deconstructed Ego: incoherent, metaphysical and impulsive; and the external and public sphere, represented by the ‘mask’ generated by the superstructures of the Ego, oriented towards obtaining collective consensus.

This friction originates in the continuous state of homeostasis, feeding Hysteria in its mission to identify and interpret the point of convergence between the individual and his alter-ego, through double portraits paired to form postmodern, liquid couple.




Render exhibition project #2, excerpt. Be Two, 2024

Each work is accompanied by an intimate audio interview of the portrayed subject, outlining the complex subjective fabric of love ties, always in a delicate balance between emotional expressions and what remains unspoken in the respective relationships.









    hst180424_25vd from the Hysteria series, excerpt
    video 8k ultra hd, col. 00:34:23



    hst110524_18vd from the Hysteria series, excerpt
    video 8k ultra hd, col. 00:42:52




    2012|Cyclical Time


    Cyclical Time, excerpt, 2012. Video Full HD 16:9, Col. 00:17:56
    Performer: Anahì Traversi




    Time is the theme of the work. The silhouette of a woman crossing water, by definition the vital element by, on which the video of a forest on the border between two nations is projected. Her passing through the stream causes a series of concentric circles that disappear one by one, creating the illusion of the passage of time.


    Cyclical time, PArCo | Padiglione Arte Contemporanea
    27 October 2012, Casier, IT

      2009-2013|Be Two 


      On the left:
      bt300712vd from the Be Two series, excerpt. video full HD, 16/9 col. 00:15:03
      On the right:
      bt040812vd from the Be Two series, excerpt. video full HD, 16/9 col. 00:14:18




      When two human beings become a be two?

      Be Two – a video performances series in which the subject relates to himself through the process of breathing. 

      Each piece is projected with another one, creating the friction experienced during an encounter.


        2019|Survey of Human Map


        shm120519vd from the survey of the human map series. video 4k utra hd col. 00:05:14. co.ag music



        Survey of the Human Map, a video trilogy built upon the taboo driven by psychophysical confinement to which the female figure is subjected because of its physiological functions.




        the first video describes violence suffered. the subject gains awareness of himself to the point of raping his own body, or seeing it being abused.


        shm120519vd from the survey of the human map series. video 4k utra hd col. 00:05:14. co.ag music




        in the second video a couple performs a separation ritual that celebrates, with a loving “dance”, her abandonment.


        shm080619vd from the survey of the human map series. video 4k utra hd col. 00:05:25. co.ag music




        the third and last video traces the path of human life conception through the woman’s body. 


        shm1506-070719vd from the survey of the human map series. video 4k utra hd col. 00:04:28. co.ag music

          2020-Present|Genealogy of a Body 



          “Genealogy of a Body” is an art project in which I processed more than 3,000 macro photographs depicting human beings hybridized together to create hyperrealistic subjects that do not exist in reality.
          It is with this strand from Human Dilatations, I sought to reconfigure an indeterminable number of hybridizations to get to my contemporary totem.



          Genealogical research is customarily motivated by a sense associated to the pressing need to feel that one belongs to a clan, a set of people connected to each other by various degrees of kinship, ideally culminating with the progenitor from whom it all originated.

          The lineage of a family usually reaches a certain number of past generations until, because of the lack of accurate data, it comes to a halt. The notion of belonging remains nonetheless intact.


          “Genealogy of a Body’ implies the research of a starting point temporally positioned in the future and not, as in genealogical research, in the past. 

          It begins with a series of already shaped subjects, with parental status, which, following hybridisation after hybridisation, decrease in number until they reach the last child, heir to past combinations and poured into my contemporary totem.

          I am particularly seduced by the essence of things, by a focal point, towards which the plurality of elements is projected as a whole, as if they were one. 

          But why are humans attracted to it ? Essence is the last step of knowledge that indicate to us the nature of a given thing or being.

          It’ something precise that leaves no mental clutter and allows to trace, through a work of abstraction, the outline of a shared reality.

          It is like doing a big clean-up in the countless crossings that we experience on a daily basis and in the accumulation of nets/networks that become increasingly dense along the stretch of our life. One reaches the need to constantly form new anchoring points from which to begin again to structure one’s thoughts.
          Such repetitiveness in the research forms a pleasantly comforting handhold and places the utopia of the origin, or of the essence of things, in opposite balance to the mortal and uncertain condition of humans.


          The cross-section of mankind, which is delivered by the series, is relegated to the perpetual cyclicality of life and arises through a selection of human stereotypes identified in 12 source subjects.  Two-dimensional shapes, without any content. If we were to quote Borges:  ‘they are mirrors that appear full, but are empty”. By their nature, they reflect images of themselves which, as such, imply indeed a content, which will not be material but ideal and linked to totemism.
          Thanks to these different combinations I obtain, through the hybridisation of initially the source subjects, and subsequently by the hybridised ones, a synthesis that will attempt to reveal the essence of the thing in itself.


          “Genealogy of a Body” is also a child of the ‘big data’ era.
          Once the line of the potential for analysis of that incredible amount of data we generate has been crossed, spawns the opportunity to predict what is to come, to know the orientation of the masses as never before, to determine with mathematical accuracy the motion of our souls.
          In this momentum I tackled the will to search, through a limited number of human subjects, my own contemporary totem.



          A synthesis resulting from processing of over 3000 macro photographs portraying human details, which then formed the first 12 parent figures, ensued by various degrees of hybridisation until reaching the first subject, or last in the sense of time, loaded with the baggage of all its predecessors, and therefore the most ancient.
          A conclusive figure, imaginary, able to fulfil the function of the totem of a primitive tribe and, subsequently, projected into our present, the gnawing of a future threatened by our needs in contrast with our urges.


          Every piece is made up of hundreds of photograms assembled together. This method of working serves two goals that are fundamental to me: the first is about ensuring that each work preserves a wealth of photographic information that would be otherwise impossible to obtain; the second is linked to the possibility of creating distortion and heightened perspectives by using a variety of shooting angles and through the way I chose to assemble the photograms.


          video zoom_s3+s5



          s3+s5 from the Genealogy of a Body series

          s2+s5+sunburn form the Genealogy of a Body series
          s1_210719_100 ph from the Genealogy of a Body series
          s6b+s11b+cream form the Genealogy of a Body series



            2020-Present|Flat Humans





            fh040421_111ph from the Flat Humans series
            fh200221_129ph from the Flat Humans series
            fh250121_129ph from the Flat Humans series

            The project Flat Humans is to “handcraft” 2D surface textures of human bodies, reworked later as photographic and video images.

            In the West, the average life span of a woman is estimated at 30660 days.

            The counter to the right of the artwork numerically subtracts each complete cycle around the portrayed subject, which corresponds to the days of a lifetime, and continues until her time runs out.


            Installation_fh100922_153-3ph from the Flat Humans series

              2013-Present|Intimate Archive 


              ia201017vd from the Intimate Archive series, excerpt. Video 4k Ultra HD, 16/9, col. 00:16:51




              Eating is a basic gesture, primeval, derived from the survival instinct. The act itself is the merging point between two dimensions constantly connected with each other: the deepest one - our innermost and mysterious side - and the external structure and well known to all structure, where sounds, the eyes followed by the mouth, the tongue and the nerve endings translate into the so-called nourishment process.

              A development occurred through an unconditional act of confidence which reveals itself in one of the greatest human related moments of intimacy: eating. An act of will which allows the breakdown of our defences in favor of communication and the transition from what is external and alien towards the most inner and private part of our body, generating, in a dialectical motion and in just one word, life itself. 

              “Intimate Archive” collects this private moment in a video collection created in my studio during a break time.


              ia210118vd from the Intimate Archive series. Video 4k Ultra HD, 16/9, col. 00:14:10
              ia301114vd from the Intimate Archive series. Video full HD, 16/9, col. 00:19:20
              ia281120vd from the Intimate Archive series. Video 4k Ultra HD, 16/9, col. 00:17:11