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At Home in Wollishofen

posted Jun 2, 2010, 3:59 PM by Anca Sinpalean   [ updated Jun 2, 2010, 4:08 PM ]
Having a sense of home is having a sense of connectedness to others. This is the motto under which the art project “At Home in Wollishofen“ will open its doors on the 11th of June and will continue until the 1st of July, in the artfoyer Cavigelli. The project is realized in collaboration with the GZ Wollishofen and with the support from the Rote Fabrik, as part of the series of events celebrating Rote Fabrik's 30th anniversary. 

One of the factors that trigered the idea of the project was the public construction works that take place in many areas of Wollishofen, which changed the face of the neighborhood, brought in new inhabitants in the area (the workers), made the streets narrower and the interaction more frequent. We can think of the whole project as being under the sign of labor, in process, as a network of relationships and interactions in flux. 
The “headquarters” of the project are situated in the artfoyer Cavigelli as well as in the window of the GZ Wollishofen (Albisstrasse 25). From here, the project will expand through actions and performances that will embrace other areas of the neighborhood. The artistic interventions are all site-specific responses to the area of Wollishofen and question the way we interact with each other within a community, about public versus private space, about recognizing the others not just in their stereotypical quality of being “workers“ or “artists“ or “immigrants“. The goal of the project is to create “spaces of encounter”, where the inhabitants of Wollishofen, the passers by, the artists and the street workers can meet, interact and maybe feel “at home”.  

The artist Genia L.-Hünemörder (RU) chose to make photographic portraits of the street workers on Albistrasse, in poster format, exhibited in the windows of the GZ Wollishofen. The artist gives thus a “face” to these anonymous workers, who are in fact temporary inhabitants of the neighborhood, portraying them as real heroes who “bring our streets into shape“. An impressive documentation of the night road works is also available in the Artfoyer. 

The Swiss artist Mo Diener will be engaged in performances and will make workshops in and around the Artfoyer, while she will actually live in the space for three days. Prior to the “living installation“, the artist will ask the inhabitants of Wollishofen to lend her a few basic things (mattress, cutlery, cup etc.) which she will collect during the opening on the 11th of June, and bring into her temporary home.

Besides her installation “Die Welt gehört (nicht) allen“ in the window of the Artfoyer, the Ukrainian artist Lada Nakonechna will make a series of performances in public space. The artist will hand yellow chalk and a set of instructions to people, encouraging them to delimit their personal/private territory in public space, where they can feel secure and protected, by drawing a circle around themselves. The aim of the action is to investigate the resulting “geography” of the circles: if they intersect, if the participants include or exclude each other from their symbolic territories. 

Anuradha Pathak, Indian artist in residence at the Rote Fabrik, will make an installation in the Artfoyer documenting the “Oliver” signatures in Wollishofen – the signatures of a person who intervened in public space by signing his name on benches, shields, bus schedules etc. She will also place a bench bearing the fake “Oliver” signature at different locations in public space and see how people react to and interact with it. 
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