Maybe You Can Be One of Us
The works of Swiss artist Daniele Buetti (*1956) possess a strange ambivalence. Initially, it often pains us to see the fruits of his artistic labors: photographs of perfectly beautiful supermodels have been branded, tattooed, and scratchedsome have even had holes punched through them. However, it is fascinating to witness how the attractiveness and glamouressentially socially determined classificationsof these women and men always seem to get the last word, securing a lasting impression on the mind of the viewer.\n\nMaybe You Can Be One of Us focuses on Buettis recent drawings, videos, sculptures, and installations. They are an expression of world-weariness, and represent a sign of our times, focusing on the individuals precarious existential orientation. The grotesque elements of his works are eminently oppressive, triggering archetypal fears of the abnormal, and evoking associations of violence and destruction.