> Anne Rochat, Gilles Furtwängler and Sarah Anthony
Swiss-born Anne Rochat travelled widely in Asia prior to her studies at Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne. In 2011-2012, she took up an artist’s residency in Varanasi, India, followed by a year at the Swiss Institute of Rome. Rochat has won many notable prices including Prix Irène Reymond (2013), Prix Kiefer Hablitzel (2012), Bourse culturelle du Canton de Vaud (2011), Bourse culturelle de la Fondation Leenaards (2010) and Swiss Awards, Art Basel (2010). She positions the human body at the centre of her artistic work – her actions are both sensual and powerful, mellow and savage, disturbing, sometimes funny and always informed by rigorous aesthetic discipline.
Gilles Furtwängler lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. He graduated from Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in 2006. Focusing on texts and words as his primary interest, Furtwängler sculpts them, treating them as materials to produce meanings, non-senses, paradoxes and contradictions. His work takes the form of readings, performances and posters. Furtwängler is a member of the art spaces Circuit in Lausanne (circuit.li) and Oslo10 in Basel, Switzerland (oslo10.ch). He is currently on an artist’s residency in Johannesburg, courtesy of Pro Helvetia.
Of Czech and Italian origin, Sarah Anthony lives and works in Switzerland. A trained actress, the techniques of text and body lie at the centre of her work. In 2009, she completed her diploma at l’Ecole du Théâtre des Teintureries à Lausanne. Since then she has collaborated with several Swiss and foreign theatre directors, also working with Anne Rochat on numerous live art performances, prior to joining Say Yes or Die in 2013.