The Banque Vincent Bergerat (BVB) is a living organism, like any bank, plant, animal, etc. Created in 2006, the BVB places itself close to the artistic fictions which cover the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Marcel Broodthaers’ Musée d’Art Moderne, département des aigles (1968), which range of activities extended to accommodate a financial section and produced gold ingots marked with eagles, or Gérard Gasiorowski’s AWK (WorosisKiga academy), and its 500 hats signed with famous students’ names, or more recently, in 2001, Maurizio Cattelan’s 6th Caribbean biennial.
The BVB’s distinctive feature does not lie in the fact that it introduces reality, a necessary component – within a certain amount – to any fictional construction, but rather in the place given to this component, since in fact, here, everything is real, the creation of a specific currency, the transactions, the art collection, and even a scholarship : all this finally tending to bring the BVB and its various approaches closer to Gille Mahé’s commercial / artistic devices, cf. this piece financed by Rudi Ricciotti – and carried out from 1993 to 1996 : Gilles Mahé thinks about Rudi Ricciotti while playing golf.
RVB BOOKS is an independent Parisian company that publishes books according to an original modus operandi, born thanks to the possibilities offered by Internet, and yet close to the Pre-Gutenbergian era of publishing. Matthieu and Rémi work on the assumption that each and every book, and in some cases, every model (Skin Memories by Thomas Mailender*) of every author should have its own form and format. Not a collection, but a living spirit which is not frozen into rigid forms.
Mathieu Charon and Rémi Faucheux both followed singular paths in the publishing industry before uniting their ideas and their know-how to create RVB BOOKS in 2011. Matthieu was at the origin of the collection Janvier Léo Scheer: monographs devoted to artistic photography, while Rémi directed the publishing project “Clinic” with Useful Photography.