Velardi is a Swiss visual artist who lives and works in Geneva and Paris. Her work has been exhibited in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK. In 2014-2015 she represented Switzerland at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. She was awarded among others the '2015 Scholarship of the City of Geneva' for her on-going research project: Terre-Mer (Sea-Land). In 2016 she was selected by Pro Helvetia for a 3-month residency in India (in Delhi and Mumbai respectively).
Within her practice, Marie employs fact and fiction to both imagine and question the future. Her work closely examines movements of the earth, such as the continuous shift between land and sea or inhabited islands disappearing into the ocean, due to rising water levels. (Atlas of Lost Islands was exhibited at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2014). Marie's use of fiction to present a timeline of the 21st century as described in sci-fi literature and film (for the work, Future Perfect, 21st Century, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014), offsets our sense of reality to suggest a powerful yet playful protest that reflects on the uncertainty of our future, and the condition of the earth today.
Installation view of Atlas des îles Perdues (The Lost Islands) at the Salle Crosnier, Palais de l'Athénée, Geneva, 2007