Subjektive Utopien – subjective utopia, 16 February 2011 curated by Susanne König Off Space Kunstétage Visarte Zurich
„Revolutions are not caused. They arise from the unsatisfied need for justice.“ Nicole Biermaier (*1971) uses spoken text for a space-consuming installation in the Kunstétage in order to illustrate the topics of power, violence and manipulation dominating her work. The artist reinterpreted the self-conducted interview with a Palestinian. She reproduces her memories of the story the woman told who tried to enter the country of origin of her parents. In the audio text, a house represents a universal topic. Detached from the context of the Israel Palestine conflict, it generally stands for an individual’s origin or belonging. The detailled descriptions of the protection of the home are contrasts to the gloomy undertone of the conversation. But exactly these two opposite poles define the need and the search for a homeland associated with it. Visitors find themselves in a stage-like installation. Meanwhile, the Kunstétage serves as a space that does not have a clear location. A space that could be anywhere and in which the form of an interrogation blends with a staging of an inner world.
Text by Susanne König