Pierre-Philippe Hofmann (b.1976, Belgium) is a Brussels-based visual artist with Swiss roots. Since graduating from the Ecole de Recherche Graphique (Brussels), his career has been devoted to exploring his interest in both the landscape and banality.
Lieux Communs, a huge project (2003–2008) which went on show at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, also became the subject of a monograph and received the Prix du Parlement de la Communauté Française.
A residency at Arc will allow Hofmann to capture images for Portrait of a Landscape, a project he has been conducting on Swiss territory since 2012. He has been crossing Swiss territory at various points in time, following 10 straight lines that take him in stages from the country’s borders to its geographic centre, the Älggialp in the canton of Obwalden.
During these outings, in which he walks at a brisk pace, he sees all the variations in altitude, the ever-changing weather and the topology of the landscape unfold before him. He stops at regular intervals along the route to capture a large number of images in the form of static video shots. This collection of images will be presented as a monumental video installation requiring several dozen screens.
No fewer than 2,700 short videos attempt to create a synthesis of the Swiss landscape, its contours, its different weather patterns, its customs and typologies. His visit to Arc will allow him to rekindle his memories and give verbal expression to the last remaining thoughts on his experience.