MAËLLE GROSS - HOW TO CURE YOUR SWISS ILLNESS?
Flux Laboratory welcomes Maëlle Gross for her first solo exhibition. Young Swiss of Greek descent, Maëlle is a multidisciplinary artist working on opening up through her work a new reflection around the question of identity.
She first investigated the question of genre with various projects and videos, before moving on for her new creation to another source of inspiration: the concept of nostalgia inherent to being away from one’s native country.
How does one cure his “swiss illness”?
The swiss illness is linked to Dr Johannes Hofer’s research dating back to the XVII century. Having observed the depressed state of swiss soldiers sent abroad, he looked into the source of their despondency and described the first symptoms of the since then much talked about sentiment.
Maëlle Gross suggests a way to cure this condition.
Her father being greek, she begins four years ago her research – plastic, mostly using video – in order to identify codified social behaviours linked to identity. She herself is affected by this feeling, experiments it personally and through her work, using imaging, sequencing, writing and narration. Her own perception of her double nationality is authentic, but she questions first and foremost the internet so as to know how to cure her “swiss illness”. Her narrative may stem from the reality of her own family and a shared feeling of homesickness, but she then builds on this, creates new chapters to add, sometimes losing us observers along the way, unsure of who’s telling the story and who’s listening.
Opening at Flux Laboratory Zurich: Wednesday October 18th 2017, as of 6pm
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm
Curator: Olivia Fahmy