Marco Frauchiger *1976 

With a background in photojournalism, the driving force behind Marco Frauchiger's artistic practice is the question of “truth”. Still we tend to believe what we see. In his many-layered lens based oevre he examines the possibilities and limits of the photographic medium. His recent body of work has developed a more conceptual approach and plays with the blurring boundaries between fiction and the real. By entering into people’s everyday lives, the artist becomes a witness and an emphatic eye, occasionally revealing the absurdities and contradictions of today's human existence.

EXHIBITIONS (selection)
2023 cerco Kollektiv, Cantonale Berne Jura 2023/24, Kunsthaus Pasquart Bienne, office hours
2023 BelleVue, Ort für Fotografie, Basel, "how to dismantle a bomb"
2023 Ausstellungsraum Klingental Basel
2022 Prix Photoforum 2022, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, "how to dismantle a bomb" (Bringing light into Dark)
2022 Kunstraum Dreiviertel, Bern, "how to dismantle a bomb"
2021 Cantonale Berne Jura 2021/22, Kunsthaus Langenthal,  "how to dismantle a bomb"
2021 Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, Groningen, Niederlande, "how to dismantle a bomb"
2021 Prozess Kulturraum, Bern, "It reminds me of a place I’ve never been to"
2021 ARFF International Film Festival, screening "how to dismantle a bomb"
2020 Whiteout, Kunstmuseum Thun, Cantonale Berne Jura 2020, "how to dismantle a bomb"
2020 Common Ground, Kunsthaus Pasquart Biel, Diploma exhibition MA CAP, "how to dismantle a bomb"
2019 hier einschlagen/ brisez la vitre/ smash glas here, annual exhibition MA CAP HKB Bern, „Se mettre a nu“
2019 Stundenbuch V.I.B, Lehrerzimmer Bern, Lecture Performance, „Se mettre a nu“
2019 Short Story Dispenser, installation and Text, Zurich HB Main Station, „Der Mann der reist“
2019 Festival of Cultures, Heiliggeistkirche Bern, „Churches“
2018 Tête-à-tête, BFF Bern, „Ich und das Andere“
2018 Strategies Against the Map, A Ilha Gallery, Lisbon
2017 VFG_Sicht, Photobastei Zurich, „Where the french people are“
2016 Nuit des Images, Musée d'Elysée Lausanne, „Bär“
2015 Fotolabor Kreta, Pop-Up Photo Studio, Vienna Design Week, Vienna, Austria
2015 Rencontres Arles, Papeteries Étienne, Arles, France, „Bär“
2015 AnzenbergerMasterclass, Alte Brotfabrik, Vienna, Austria, „Bär“
2015 Camera Obscura, Gallerie Schwarzwaldallee, Basel
2015 Haus der elektronischen Künste, Museumsnacht, Basel, „Portraits“
2014 Camera Obscura in the Photobastei, Zurich, „Jura“
2014 Group exhibition Photobastei, Zurich, „Mars“
2013 Cantonale Berne Jura 2013, Stadtgalerie Bern
2013 Berne Photo Prize 2013, Kornhausforum Bern, „Whatever we have“
2013 Arte Laguna, Finalist Artist, Arsenale Venice, Italy, „Mars“
2012 Big Data, Swiss Re Rüschlikon
2011 Jungkunst, City Halle Winterthur, „Erinnerungen sammeln“

2023 “Atlas of Aspect change” Tine Melzer, Switzerland, 2023
2023 “WOZ” Newspaper Articel (german) Switzerland, 26.01.23
2023 “Neue Wege” Magazine Article (German) Switzerland, January 2023
2022 “Der Bund” Newspaper Articel (german) Switzerland, 1.12.22
2022 “TeleBielingue” TV Interview (french/swissgerman) Switzerland, 4.12.22
2020 Review about how to dismantle a bomb on SARN (Swiss Artistic research Network)

2018—2020 Master Contemporary Art Practice, University of Arts, Bern
2014—2015 Masterclass Anzenberger, Vienna
2004—2005 GaF, Gruppe Autodidaktischer Fotograf*innen, Bern

2022 Prix Photoforum Winner 2022 with "how to dismantle a bomb" (Bringing light into Dark)
2022 ‹Continuer› Research Grant of the Canton of Bern for "how to dismantle a bomb"
2022 Travel research grant of the City of Bern for how "to dismantle a bomb"
2021 Support grant, Kunstkommission City of Bern
2021 Project contribution of the Canton Arts Commission Bern
2021 Support grant Burgergemeinde Bern
2020 Support grant Bürgi-Willert Stiftung
2019 Selected by the Tête-à-tête competition, Canton of Bern, Kulturförderung des Kt. Bern
2019 Education Grant, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
2018 Real 21, Media Fund Scholarship
2017 Travel grants from the canton of Bern (fine arts)
2017 Selected by the Tête-à-tête competition, Canton of Bern, Kulturförderung des Kt. Bern
2016 ViennaPhotoBookAward, Austria (nomination)
2015 Landskrona Photo & Breadfield Dummy Award, Sweden (2nd place)
2014 Greenpeace Photo Award (nomination)
2013 SDC and MAZ scholarship for Laos
2013 Berne Photo Prize 2013 (nomination)

Marco Frauchiger (1976) works as a photographer and artist in Bern. He has lived and worked in the city of Bern for more than 20 years. He was born in Langnau im Emmental and grew up in Grosshöchstetten. There he attended school and later completed training as a tinsmith, plumber and sanitary draftsman. Since 2009 he has been working as a freelance photographer and Artist. He initially learned the craft of photography as an autodidact. In a GaF (group of self-taught photographers) in 2004-2005, he was able to intensively exchange ideas with professional colleagues and further develop his photography. In 2013, a scholarship enabled him to spend 3 months in Laos, where he worked as a photographer on his own series and with a wide variety of NGOs. In 2014, he completed a «Masterclass» training course in Vienna. This one-year training was a mentorship program that allowed him to experience focused engagement with lecturers and students. Starting in 2014, he completed in-depth continuing education workshops in the field of photography to expand his knowledge and further develop his photography. Starting in the fall of 2018, he completed the CAP (Contemporary Art Practice) master›s program at the HKB in Bern. He completed this master›s program in June 2020 with the highest degree of distinction. His artistic works are regularly exhibited in Switzerland and abroad. Marco Frauchiger is a member of NEAR Association for Swiss Photographers, pool member as well as in the process of admission as a member of Visarte Bern. Marco Frauchiger won last year’s Prix Photoforum. Marco Frauchiger is member and co founder of the cerco kollektiv.

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