The solo show bedingt physisch (engl.: somewhat physical) by Gianin Conrad and the performance by Quirina Lechmann at the opening of the exhibition are part of our thematic exhibition program in the first half of 2024, that runs under the programmatic title Friends of Friends of Friends of… celebrating friendship as a central aspect of resistance and resilience, reflecting the diverse strategies of artists to create resilient structures and networks in order to realize works and make them public despite their generally precarious living conditions.
The title of the exhibition bedingt physisch (engl.: somewhat physical) refers to the metaphysical, temporary space between things, between people, between thing and performance. – Artistically and musically, Gianin Conrad and Quirina Lechmann pose the question of the ephemeral but formative nature of a thing, an activity. – Something they are also pursuing with the exhibition space Scala Trun. Conrad and Lechmann jointly organize the non-profit exhibition space Scala Trun, in the Bünder mountains, far away from supposed art centers. Their work is exemplary for all initiatives by artists providing basic cultural work outside of the large centers, creating new art spots where one would not initially expect them.
Gianin Conrad thinks and works sculpturally. For him, however, objects are rather situations in a place or things that bring about or manipulate certain situations. For him, objects are therefore not something static, but rather moments that trigger a movement.
As an opera singer, Quirina Lechmann works with the concept of perfect staging as we know it from the stage. In her performance practice, however, she uncouples this from the actual, written piece and allows the liberated staging to proliferate freely.
Gianin Conrad works in a variety of media. In connection with digitalization, there is a massive dematerialization. In his works he picks up this discussion.
Gianin Conrad grew up in the Swiss Alps. He lives and works in Trun/SUI, Zurich (SUI) and Antwerpen/BE. After an apprenticeship as a stone sculptor, he studied fine arts in Zurich (ZHdK), Basel (FHNW) and Berlin (UdK). Conrad works in various media. His work includes sculptures, plastics, installations, and performances.
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