“Shifting Identities”

Kunsthaus Zurich

About every ten years, the Kunsthaus Zurich exhibits an interpretive cross-section of the newest contemporary Swiss art. In “Shifting Identities,” the institution’s curator, Mirjam Varadinis, set out to capture yet another turning tide in the country’s art scene, using sixty-seven artists as points of reference. Along with the mobility of many Swiss artists, whose studios are now located in Berlin or elsewhere, the inclusion of a number of international figures with no relation to the country—but whose works address the notion of identity—made it difficult to categorize these pieces simply in terms of nationality. “Shifting Identities” responded to developments in society but also in media: Thus Vektor, 2008, a video sequence by Goran Galić and Gian-Reto Gredig, takes us through side streets in Cairo that only gradually emerge from the white nothingness of what seems to be drifting smoke.

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