Launched in 2014, the Geneva Luxe festival presents works of art made of light, created and staged especially for Geneva by Swiss and foreign artists. These luminous creations are presented in the city center.
These contemporary works take up public spaces. Combining modernity and tradition with technological and artistic innovation, Geneva Luxe presents the city’s heritage in a new light, illuminating the city with original works of art by artists from here and abroad.
Immersing itself in Switzerland’s reflections on a sustainable future, engaging the audience in debates and emotions, the Swiss project “Reflections” at Expo Dubai invited us to reflect on this extraordinary magma of inspiring ideas, the allure of rare encounters, the horror of predictions. , of disasters.
A testament to how innovative cultural industries can immerse us up to our necks in the passions, hopes, sufferings and expectations of men. Like the disappearance of Sissi, who was assassinated in Geneva in September 1898.
Revisiting Sissi’s statue during the Geneva Luxe show will be an opportunity to question the eternal contemporaneity of this vision of man in the face of all its horrors.
Through the “Sissy the African” project, visitors can become the protagonists of a play of mirrors, colors and soft lights, softened by the alpine mist on the shores of Lake Geneva, and then reappearing in the urban environment. Innovative and sustainable.
A sensibility and an artistic project can emerge from the integration of the prism of light and its symbolic representation at the base of the statue of Sissi in Geneva. Statue near the Beau-Rivage Hotel where the Princess stayed.
Subsequently, the idea would be to create an artistic and Afro-futuristic parallel between the hallmarks of secret societies such as sissy and entop cloth branding, ritual wear.
For generations, its use was reserved for kings, queens, dignitaries and secret societies. Ndop is a textile present in Bamileke and the surroundings vary depending on location, colors, shades, type of cotton, heavy stitching on raffia, embellishments and patterns of designs. The use of Ndop and its decoration dates back to the 18th century. Similar fabric samples date from the 15th and 17th centuries. Bahamian leadership preserves ancient patterns of rugged Ndop clothing to this day. It was only from the 18th century that the technique of entope improved to reach its present form.
Ndop is rich in traditional Pamilek fabrics. Through its specific symbolic value, it is the ceremonial garment of secret societies.
Presented by artist-designer Suza Créa, the project aims to rediscover the place of Ndop fabric and its relationship with light in the urban space.
In Cameroon, the Cameroonian Jean-Félicien Gacha Foundation has a large collection of Ndop fabrics whose decorative richness inspired the Anamorphi square from the French luxury house Hermès.
The Ndop cloths of the Bamileke, who live in the Cameroonian savanna in central Africa, are made of cotton woven into narrow strips. This first stage is in the north of the country, not far from Karoa, where the Bamileke women use raffia thread and the patterns are stock-dyed with indigo.
Sissy, an African princess?
Driven by the need for freedom, Empress Sissi left for Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa. The Queen of England, Queen Victoria, gave him a yacht to sail from Trieste, Italy on November 17, 1860.