Exhibitionin Zürich / Switzerland
Martin Beck, Mathieu Dafflon, Vaginal Davis, Yuki Higashino, Ursula Hodel, General Idea, Nan Goldin, Milda Lembertaitė and Amelia Prazak, Manon, Mélodie Mousset, D’Ette Nogle, Hannah Parr and William Wegman
With a section dedicated to radical magazines such as FILE Megazine (General Idea), Made in USA (Bernadette Corporation) as well as materials by Lutz Bacher, Martin Beck, Cécile Feilchenfeldt, Bruno Jakob, CNN Style with Elsa Klench, Wu Tsang and more
“Can You Feel It?” is an exhibition exploring staging and the staging of others through a variety of approaches be it portraiture, theatricality, private reality, shape-shifting identities, and collective bodies. Some of the works make us ponder about our encouraged culture of spectacle wherein artists have confronted the absurd idea of placing high value on our image with enigma, irony and satire. In the Gaga-Abramović-Kimye age with performative, fabricated (and online) personalities is staging a source of empowerment or rather supporting problematic idolatry and creating oversized egos?
Staging is looked at as an architectural, cultural and social space for identity searching. Featured are positions that relate closely to cultures of the night and DIY culture be it house and dance music havens in New York City, homo-core punk movements in Los Angeles or campy “fake” pageantry contests in Toronto. We come to see reactionary stances and subversive strategies in the attempt to re-negotiate the politics of representation. The exhibition also lays bare the potentially seducing and the sometimes deviantly violent sides of fashion and styling.
Opening hours Fri 3 – 6 pm, Sat 12 – 6 pm