Axel Crettenand is an artist, photographer, creative director, designer and inventor. His artistic practice takes the form of installations, sounds, texts, videos and images. A central theme of his work is the observation and representation of the invisible forces that give shape to the material world. He is specifically interested in exploring and producing intersections between ritual and scientific practices and experimenting with trans-disciplinary approaches. Seeking collaborations with authors and professionals from other fields of research, he generates contaminations between different perspectives and hybridations within the processes of proof making in order to imagine alternative ways of reading and understanding reality.
In recent years he started a new research focused on the narratives of the collapse of civilization, with a first couple of works realized and exhibited in 2023.
Axel Crettenand earned his MA in Fine Arts at the ZHdK (Zurich) after obtaining a BA in photography at the ECAL (Lausanne). His work has recently been presented at the International Sound Biennial (Sion), Klang Moore Schopfe (Gais), Helmhaus (Zurich) and the Collegiale of Neuchâtel. In 2023 Pro Helvetia Cairo Liaison awarded the Co-creation prize to Eart_ض, a research project he is developing with Zaira Oram and Qanat collective between Switzerland and Morocco.