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Interviewed by Alina Baldini

nano—Raum für Kunst, Zurich Interview with Maria Bill, Antonia Hersche, and Regula Weber

February 15, 2020


Alina Baldini: Could you tell me about your art space?

nano: nano – Raum für Kunst emerged from the art space KunstRaum R57. Since the beginning of 2019, we—Maria Bill, Antonia Hersche, and Regula Weber—have taken over, creating the current new management team, a new name, a new logo, and a new concept.

AB: What is your concept and curating approach?

nano: nano - Raum für Kunst is an alternative and non-commercial platform for professional artists from local and national areas. We offer a place for multidisciplinary art projects and organize around five duo-exhibitions per year, and a collective annual exhibition.

Artists with different backgrounds are invited (always two at a time) to collaborate and create a common exhibition. An artistic exchange and process enables them to create a dialogue between their different artistic personalities (in terms of media, age, experience, and origin).

Each exhibition lasts two and a half weeks. We also have performances, music, and literary interventions during openings and closings.

AB: Who is your audience?

nano: Many people come through our newsletters, flyers, website, art platforms, Instagram, and word of mouth. It is rather difficult to get coverage through the press however. The exhibiting artists bring their own public as well. We have visitors of different generations and different backgrounds, artists, people with a cultural interest, visiting our exhibitions regularly.

AB: How are you connected to the Zurich art scene, and what is unique about what you do?

nano: We have a good network in Zurich, its area and Geneva (where one of us comes from) because we are artists ourselves.

The concept of showing duo-exhibitions and creating cultural projects connected to the neighborhood is our uniqueness. For example: from the 2nd to the 18th of September 2020, nano - Raum für Kunst has invited nine artists, three authors and two musicians living in Wipkingen to work in conjunction with this neighbourhood and create an interactive exhibition covering different aspects in relation to the community. This cultural project is called WIP-KINGE, ein Klang aus dem Quartier.

AB: What are your backgrounds?

nano: We are artists living, working, and exhibiting in Zurich and elsewhere.

We manage nano - Raum für Kunst as curators but do not exhibit there.

AB: What is art for you?

nano: For us, it is about seeing things from a different perspective, with unique angles and views. It is also a way to share and interact with other people, other artists. It is a way of life. It permits us to express emotions, react to our environnement, tell a story, etc...

AB: What do you wish for the Zurich art scene?

nano: We wish for the Zurich art scene to continue to be open to different art forms, to promote cultural diversity and create cultural connections. It is important for us that Zürich continues to support off-spaces and artist run spaces, as they enrich the art scene and offer a complementary perspective to the more institutionalized venues.

We are concerned that the new regulations from Zurich city limiting financial support for off-spaces will put their existence at risk. We hope this position will be revisited if not amended.

tempo rubato, Ida Dober, Lara Russi, Photos: Maria Bill and Regula Weber

Die Massnahme, Regula Spörri, Philipp Ehgartner, Photos: Maria Bill and Regula Weber

Maria Bill lives and works in Zurich. Her artistic work deals predominantly with alterations in urban environments changing the structural identity of the city, proposing a new geography. From these alterations emerge new aggregates, architectural fragments, floating cities. It is through drawing, monotype prints, painting, and objects that her imagination and concerns emerge. www.mariabill.net

Antonia Hersche lives in Zurich as a freelance artist with a Master of Arts FHNW Fine Arts, and Film/Video designer HFG. She mainly works cross-media with video/audio, animation, photography, and drawing. Poetry and socially relevant topics are important components of her work and exhibition projects. www.antoniahersche.ch

Regula Weber lives in Zurich, where she works as a freelance artist. She mainly exhibits in the greater Zurich area and its surroundings. Her works refers to space, location, and society. The medium for her artistic work is painting, drawing, and installation. www.regulaweber.ch

Alina Baldini is an Italian psychologist, she has lived and worked in Basel (CH) since 2017. For the past couple of decades, she has been working in corporations addressing topics like company culture, coaching, and personal transformation. Following her passion for contemporary art and her curiosity to discover the curating aspects in what she experiences, she decided to begin the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, MAS at the ZHdK in 2019.

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