F&D Cartier
WAIT AND SEE, 1998 to present


Visual artist F&D Cartier, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Worked individually for years before to decide, as a couple, to merge our practices in 1995 –plastic arts & photography- to move toward new experimental approaches, initiating the photographic on site installations work Wait and See, produced without camera or dark room or chemicals. We do question the role of the artist and of the evolution of the image in today’s society.

Françoise et Daniel by Julian Salinas, 09.2018


English Visual artist duo F&D Cartier live and work in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Examining the essence of photography and its indispensable prerequisites - light and photosensitive materials – they mainly produce photographic works without camera or dark room or chemicals. Evolutional site-specific chromatic photo-based installations are created, left unfixed, a living process Wait and See: the shared experience engages the public to face reality instead of looking at an image. Everyday life, intimacy, the role of the artist and the image’s evolution in our society are examined

Français Françoise, plasticienne, Daniel photographe. Questionnent l’essence de la photographie, ses fondamentaux, la lumière, les papiers photographiques. Expérimentations minimalistes, objets trouvés, sans caméra ni chambre noire. Dès 1998, installations de matériaux photosensibles périmés exposés directement à la lumière des lieux d'expositions. L’expérience partagée engage le public à faire face à la réalité au lieu de regarder une image, l’invite à la patience. Wait and See. Le quotidien, l’intimité, le rôle de l’artiste et de l’évolution de l’image dans notre société sont examinés. 

  • E X H I B I T I O N S - Selection

2018   Kunsthaus Centre d'art Pasquart, Biel/Bienne Cantonale BE-JU 

Kunstmuseum Thun Cantonale BE-JU

Kunstmuseum Solothurn, 34 Jahresausstellung

Uno Art Space Stuttgart

   Monika Wertheimer Galerie, Oberwil/Basel

            Metenkov's House Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg  

            Reset the Apparatus!  University of Applied Arts in Vienna

2017    Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Ludwigshafen Wilhelm-Hack-M.

            Musée d'art de Pully. "La photographie face à ses lacunes".

            Finalist of first Grand Prix Interphoto 2017 Bialystok Poland

            Kunstbezirk Stuttgart - Kodak show           

2016    Swiss Photo Award Zurich, nominated 3 best Fine Arts

            Transformer Station Contemporary Art Space, Cleveland

2015    Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi

            Kunsthalle Berne, Jahresausstellung

            Imago Mundi Helvetia, Venezia Fondazione Cini

2014    Blue Sky Gallery Portland, Oregon

            Kaunas gallery _Nominated Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

            The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

            New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

2011 Journées photographiques de Bienne


2006   Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur Switzerland

2002   Yossi Milo Gallery, New York           

  • P U B L I C A T I O N S

Farewell Photography, Verlag Walther König, 2017
La Photographie face à ses lacunes.Pauline Martin /Ithaque 2017
Périodique Musée Charleroi, 4.2016
Mould ≠2, Degree Zero, curator J. Fontcuberta 2015 >inside
Blue Sky  2013-2014-2015

Eikon Austria, 2014
Hochparterre Zurich, 2013

Journées photographiques de Bienne, 2011

Artists Books
Wait and See F&D Cartier Ffotogallery Wales, UK2013
Roses F&D Cartier Niggli 2006

  • C O L L E C T I O N S

George Eastman Museum, Rochester NY

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation Cleveland OH

Portland Art Museum, Portland OR

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX

Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur CH

Kunstsammlung F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel CH

Akris collection, Sankt-Gallen, CH

Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne CH

Imago Mundi Helvetia, Luciano Benetton Collection

Museet for Fotokunst, Odense DK

Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro BR

  • Distinctions

Finalist Swiss Photo Award Zurich, nominated 3 best Fine Arts, 2016
Nomination Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015
Kaunas Photogallery artist in residence, Lithuania, 2013
Istituto Svizzero di Venezia, Italia, Artists-in-residence, 2008
National Endowment of the Arts Creativity Grant (USA), 2004
Critical Mass selection, Portland 2004
The Selection vfg 01, Acquisition Fotostiftung Schweiz 2002
Landis & Gyr Foundation, Artists-in-residence, London 1999
Michel Jordi Photograhic Award, Geneva 1998, 1st Prize
Bourses Fédérales Suisses 1977 & 1980

  • Art Education

Schule für Gestaltung Berne, Switzerland, Plastic Arts
Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich Switzerland
Master of Fine Arts-Photography

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