Sep 11 – Sep 13, 2020
For Zurich Art Weekend, Sommer Contemporary Art Zurich is proud to announce a solo exhibition by the Danish-born artist Nina Beier. The artist will produce a site-specific installation of her work in the context of the home environment of the space.
A series of pastel-colored bathroom sinks protrude out of the floor and walls of the space, containing hand-rolled cigars crafted to fit the hole of the drain. Human hair wigs are framed under glass and a live performance further activates the space.
Nina Beier‘s sculptures use mutable materials, motifs and tropes that have been regurgitated in a collective effort, variable stocks of visual patterns that are employed and updated over and over, elastic motifs that linger through ages of changing realities while having adapted to every de-contextualization and reinterpretation they are subjected to along the way.
Her work unpacks the contradictory agendas readily coexisting in the material used, exposing the paradoxical and transitory nature of our society’s value formation and laying bare the implicit economical and interpersonal power structures they represent, be they on a species, gender or global level.
The artist also created a special performance for the exhibition space on occasion of Zurich art weekend, that will take place in intervals during the opening reception on Friday, September 11, between 14:00-20:00 at the rooftop apartment at Theaterstrasse 18, 8001 Zurich.
Nina Beier (b. 1975, Aarhus, Denmark) has held solo exhibitions at Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara; Kunsthal Gent, Spike Island, Bristol; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius; Kunstverein in Hamburg; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Group exhibitions include the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Power Station, Shanghai, and she has participated in Performa 15, the Baltic Triennial BTXIII, 13th Biennale de Lyon, the 20thBiennale of Sydney. Her work is currently on show in Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) and upcoming in the 34th Bienal de São Paulo.
Opening hours during Zurich Art Weekend:
Friday, September 11, 14:00 – 20:00 (Performance: 14:00-16:00).
Saturday, September 12, 11:00 – 18:00 (Performance: 11:00-15:00).
Sunday, September 13, 11:00 – 18:00 (Performance: 11:00-15:00).