A very ductile malleable brilliant greyish-white element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal


The unlimited three-dimensional expanse in which all material objects are located

Seen Fifteen is delighted to present SILVER SPACE, a new installation by Maya Rochat at Approche – an innovative salon dedicated to the photographic medium during Paris Photo 2018.  We will be exhibiting a selection of works that embody Rochat’s on-going experimentation with the photographic process and the materiality of images.  

Maya Rochat is an artist who works in layers, fusing process, materials and artistic medium in the process.  Trained at the prestigious ECAL in Switzerland, Rochat’s starting point for image-making is photographic. She works from an archive of her own photographs which she continually revisits and recycles – breathing new life into her images by working on them by hand with paint, chemicals and various forms of textural layering.  The concept of propelling images into an altered state is central to Rochat’s practice.  The pure physicality of her works – which need to be viewed in person to appreciate the detailed interaction of texture and material – is a deliberate comment on image saturation in our current digital age.

The work of art as a physical object is important to Maya Rochat, and so too is the emotional experience for her viewers. Layers form an equally significant feature of her exhibition installations, which become complete takeovers of a space making use of every available inch of wall, floor, corner and window.  Live performances are the climax of Rochat’s art of layering – here she immerses a live audience in a fluid multi-dimensional collage of photographs, moving image, live music and live painting.  Most recently Rochat performed LIVING IN A PAINTING with musician Buvette at the Tate Modern Tanks in London, October 2018.

For SILVER SPACE at Approche the central works in the installation have been printed onto a silver surface and worked on by hand in silver paint.  The use of silver is significant – recognising the importance of silver in the birth of the photographic medium, whilst at the same time representing the highly charged electricity of Maya Rochat’s vibrant artistic expression.



Maya Rochat (b.1985 Switzerland) is a visual artist based in Lausanne, Switzerland.  She works in the fields of photography, painting, video and performance.  Her work was recently presented at Tate Modern London in the major survey exhibition, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art.  Maya Rochat and Buvette also performed a live performance at Tate Modern Tanks on 14th October 2018.  Rochat’s work has been on show in major institutions across Europe, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; La Filature, Mulhouse, France; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.  Maya Rochat had her first UK solo show and first UK performance with Buvette at Seen Fifteen in December 2016.

Thursday 8th November, 2pm-9pm

Friday 9th to Saturday 10th November, 1pm-7pm
Sunday 11th November, 1pm-5pm

Le Moliere, 40 rue de Richelieu 75001 Paris