01.12.16 to 22.01.17

“There are no rules in my process. I use bleach, glue, soap and paint.  I find it interesting to see how the eye reacts to different techniques overlapping each other, and want to create something that is only truly readable in the physical, analogue world.”  Maya Rochat

Seen Fifteen Gallery is delighted to welcome Maya Rochat to Peckham for her first solo show in the UK.  Upon our invitation, she will be transforming our gallery space into a living collage of printed and hand-painted images, video and sound.  And for one night only during the opening on 1st December, the gallery will transform with an additional layer as Maya Rochat pairs with Paris-based musician, Buvette, for a live performance.  

The title GIVE ME SPACE is symbolic of the artist’s frustration with the accepted boundaries of photography.  Classically trained in the medium at ECAL – Ecole cantonale d’art Lausanne – Rochat has been pushing against tradition from the beginning of her career.  At the heart of her practice is an intense desire to experiment with fate, and with chemicals, printing processes and installations that refuse to conform to the gallery wall.  There is also an underlying reaction to living in our current image saturated times.  Rochat’s intention is to invert the saturation effect – by overwhelming the viewer physically, as opposed to digitally.  Many of the processes and materials on display in the gallery – flourescent spray-paint, hanging transparent banners – cannot be reproduced in their true form in the digital world.  The result: a lingering question about what and how we see today.

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Ville de Lausanne. 


Maya Rochat (b.1985 Switzerland) works between Switzerland and Berlin.  

Selected recent exhibitions in 2016 include: Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam; The Swiss Art Awards, Basel; Double Je at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; a solo show at Quai No.1 Vevey; Feminine Masculine for Photo50 at London Art Fair, and a solo show at Project Space, Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva.  

Maya Rochat’s works are held in the collections of the Fotomuseum Winthertur, Fotohof Salzburg and the Ville de Lausanne.  A Plastic Tool is published by Meta Books (2015), and Crystal Clear is published by Edition Patrick Frey (2014).

Opening Party
Thursday 1st December, 6-9pm

Opening night live performance at 7.30pm featuring Maya Rochat and Paris-based musician Buvette

Opening Hours
Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm
And by appointment

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