Carpet Pond, 2017

245 x 245 cm

Textile: Cotton, Sequins, Polyester

By Donatella Bernardi

in collaboration with Laura Locher

Gallery: Last Tango, curated by Linda Jensen & Arianna Gellini

Photos: Kilian Bannwart



Donatella Bernardi

The Belly of the Phoenix

Donatella  Bernardi has developed a practice comprising installations, publications, films, essays and exhibition curatorship. For her new body of works, Bernardi pays homage to Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916-2016) and her so-called “mini forms,” a series of stratified small sculptures. Bernardi’s custom-made shaped canvas and hand-made ceramic objects will inflect both monumental and miniature scales as the forms are enlarged to the size of the Roman Bocca della Verità. With a rushing horizontal cascade of lines and marble textures Der Bauch des Phönix encodes lineage, rupture, sagging and synchronicity.

Donatella Bernardi‘s interests cover questions of power, gender, post-colonialism, racial injustice and capitalism. She was part of the Zorro & Bernardo collective (2001-2006) as well as being co-founder and co-director of the award-winning nomadic and international festival Eternal Tour (2008-2012). She is currently the Director of MFA program at the ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts and was professor at the Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Konsthögskolan) in Stockholm (2010-2016). A former member of the Swiss Institute (Rome, 2006-2008) and a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, 2008-2009), she is writing a PhD thesis on events and the contemporary art system in the context of globalisation under the supervision of Denise Ferreira da Silva and Stephen Fox (Queen Mary University of London). Winner of the Picker Bursary in 2013, she published her first monograph In Pursuit of Unlimited Hospitality the following year. In 2015, she was a guest curator at the Kunsthalle in Bern, an experience followed by the publication of Into Your Solar Plexus (Humboldt Books, 2016). In December 2016, she presented a part of her research project Comunità Olivetti at the Swiss institute in Rome, in partnership with the Work.Master, HEAD, Geneva University of Art and Design. From August 2017 to January 2018, she will be in residence Landis+Gyr in Zug, and in February, opening a solo show at Corner College, Zurich.

The Belly of the Phoenix is made possible by the kind support of Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain DIP, Genève.