Zurich

Ulrich Görlich

Mai 36 Galerie

Ulrich Görlich’s work often comments on the sociopolitical context surrounding the exhibition site, so it was not surprising that his recent photographic installation in Zurich took Switzerland as its theme. Clichés about Switzerland are ubiquitous enough: reflecting the image of hard currency and political stability, they tend to include a narrow range of scenes involving mountains, peasants, and local customs. After a long period of shuttling between Berlin and Zurich, Görlich certainly can see through these stereotypes. Entitled Heimatschutz (Defense of the homeland, 1995), his installation suggested a society trying hard to reconstruct the narratives it spun about itself in the early ’50s.

The narrow, subterranean gallery space was encircled by newly constructed walls; onto their unfinished wooden surfaces, using liquid photoemulsion, Görlich copied a panorama of found black and white

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