Valentin Carron (born in Martigny in 1977, lives and works in Fully) is one of the important youngest-generation Swiss artists. In recent years he has emerged with an oeuvre that combines central traditions of contemporary art making and questions them in terms of their current meaning. In this way he includes approaches to appropriation in his work as well as Pop Art traditions, the sociological search for clues and post-studio production. Valentin Carron is continuing the tradition of artists who, by means of appropriation and reproduction, offer a cultural analysis in their works. Pieces by Fischli/Weiss and Mike Kelley can be mentioned as role models. Because Carron very often refers to the strong cultural heritage of his native canton Wallis, an example of perfect tourist invention with an “authentic” identity in the 19th century, he succeeds in breaching the gap between the personal and the collective.
Valentin Carron has had recent solo exhibitions at Palais De Tokyo, Paris; La Conservera, Murcia, Spain; L’elac, Renens, Switzerland; Viafarini, Milan; Praz-Delavallade, Paris; Swiss Institute, New York; and Kunsthalle Zürich. In 2013, he will mount a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. He has been included in recent group exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; Villa Bernasconi, Geneva; and Sculpture Center, New York. He has published two catalogues with JRP | Ringier. The artist lives and works in Martigny, Switzerland.