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Raphael Hefti

Raphael Hefti was born in 1978 in Biel, Switzerland. He lives in London and Zurich. Raphael Hefti works with a wide range of materials and processes, from burning Lycopodium moss spores in the making of photograms, to the manufacture of museum glass and the extreme heating of steel and other metals. His actions are often performative, both in private and in public, and he frequently collaborates with industry in his quest to push the limits of what technological and physical actions are designed to do; the results are often charged with an air of mystery in a unique confluence of performance, chemistry and technology. His works have been exhibited widely, including Migros Museum, Zurich (2016) Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2015) Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (2015) Nottingham Contemporary (2014) CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain Bordeaux (2013) Camden Art Centre, London (2012) SALTS, Basel (2012) and Kunsthalle Basel (2011). In 2012 he won the Swiss Art Award prize.