FATart Fair 2021
The fourth edition of the art fair and exhibition platform FATart Fair opens its doors with a multitude of contemporary artists presenting a selection of works as diverse as fascinating. For this fourth edition, the fair becomes even more international, as the artists and non-binary artists come not only from all over Switzerland, but also from Paris, Berlin, Mallorca, Istanbul, Cologne, Stockholm, Seoul and Dakar. Thanks to the confidence of the artists in our project, which grows year after year, the FATart Fair is clearly gaining in influence and prestige with each edition.
Program, date, opening hours, place
The supporting program is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
"Women Artists: A Contemporary Topography of Gender in Arts"
Saturday 11.09.21: 13h - 14h
Dr. phil. Diana Baumgarten (Research Assistant University of Basel, Gender Studies) in conversation with Ursina Roesch (artist, co-founder of FATart) about the preliminary study "Gender Relations in the Swiss Cultural Industry"
Saturday 11.09.21: 6-7pm
Presentation by Kristin T. Schnider (freelance writer) about her perspective as an author
Sunday 12.09.21: 13h - 14h
Angelica Tschachtli (Head of SIKART Lexicon on Art in Switzerland) in conversation with Elisabeth Eberle (artist and archivist) about SIKART
The 4th FATart Fair 2021 presents two panel discussions and one presentation, the aim of which is to discuss the current situation of women in art. Experts and artists from the fields of gender studies, art history, literature and visual art are invited. Every event stimulates discussion in order to generate new ideas and social added value. The curatorial director of FATart, Pauline Della Bianca, will introduce the guests and moderate the discussions. The lectures and discussions are open to everyone and are aimed at both experts and amateurs. The aim is to generate a highly professional and at the same time open and friendly discussion platform for a diverse audience. By inviting experts and artists from different areas, we want to create a space for transdisciplinary exchange and reflection in order to open up thoughts to a broader perspective with a great impact. This is how we encourage new debates about inclusion in the art world.
Saturday 09.11. 1- 2pm Dr. phil. Diana Baumgarten (Research Assistant University of Basel, Gender Studies) in conversation with Ursina Gabriela Roesch (artist, co-founder of FATart) about the preliminary study "Gender relations in the Swiss cultural scene"
The first panel discussion begins on Saturday, September 11th. at 13 o clock. The discussion is based on the results of the preliminary study “Gender relations in the Swiss cultural sector: an analysis with a focus on cultural workers, cultural institutions and associations”, particularly in the visual arts. They form the starting point for the conversation and are set in relation to those from other cultural sectors in Switzerland. This shows how strongly the current Swiss cultural scene is shaped by inequality and discrimination at the gender level. The media-conceptual artist, Ursina Gabriela Roesch, brings the perspective of an artist from the industry with her. Due to the absence of female artist positions, she began to campaign for women in art early on. She is interested in the visibility of women's art, wants to show it and make it accessible. In the context of the panel discussion, the discussion should also focus on gender stereotypes, for example that of the "male genius" and "the female muse", which continue to have a strong effect on an individual, institutional and structural level. More about the preliminary study: here
Saturday 09.11. 18-19h Presentation by Kristin T. Schnider (freelance writer) about her perspective as an author
«Suddenly a writer, suddenly a woman». Interpretation, inventory, sharing experiences. Question the future. In 1991 Kristin T. Schnider suddenly saw more than just herself with the first book publication confronted with the question of the public assessment of the literary quality of the text, but with the positioning of the text via her person. She states: "Oha, I am a woman." In the discussion about «Feminine Writing», which was conducted in the «Network Writing Women» (founded in 1991, today «femscript») and with essays by Mariella Mehr, Nicole Müller and her continued in his bulletin, a first attempt at positioning in the world of literature is taking place. In a broader context of categorizations, she commented on the life of lesbian women in Switzerland in the 1980s, and later also dealt with anti-racism. In her presentation she examines questions about changes, progress and regression in these fields and, together with the audience, questions the influence of categorizations on artistic creation, the “status quo” and a possible future.
Sunday 12.09. 1pm - 2pm Angelica Tschachtli (head of SIKART Lexicon on Art in Switzerland) in conversation with Elisabeth Eberle (artist and archivist) about SIKART
The second panel discussion will take place on Sunday, September 12th. at 1 p.m. SIKART Lexicon on Art in Switzerland (sikart.ch) is the editorially supervised, daily updated online reference work on visual arts in Switzerland, which is published by the Swiss Institute for Art Research SIKISEA. As a mirror of the reception in the art business, SIKART presents content on historical and contemporary artists and includes over 17,000 person entries as well as around 1900 detailed monographic and thematic lexicon articles. Angelica Tschachtli introduces the lexicon and the entry criteria and goes into the entries made by female artists in comparison to their male colleagues. Elisabeth Eberle, Swiss artist and archivist, has built up the unique archive “Women* Counting” on the representation of women artists in the art scene over the past eleven years. Eberle will bring examples from her personal experience into the discussion about the SIKART archiv system for artists.
«fragile» by Lyn Bentschik
Throughout the three days of the art fair, a body covered in bubblewrap appears and moves slowly through the exhibition. The performance pops up freely, without predefined schedule.
Concept and performance: Lyn Bentschik
Sound: Yannick Consaël
Developed in cooperation with cie O.
«Inside Absence» by Atelier für Digitalstoff
Virtually placed sound bubbles, triggered by visitors equipped with headphones and smartphones, form the material. Saturday from 2pm.
Friday 10.09.21: 16-20h
Saturday: 09.11.21: 10-20h
Sunday 12.09.21: 10-17h
Baumgartenstrasse 23, 2nd & 3rd floor,
Our rooms are also accessible for people in wheelchairs. From the entrance on the Baumgartenstrasse side there is a spacious elevator (the sidewalk on the Baumgartenstrasse side is accessible from the Rhine side). This leads to the 2nd and 3rd floor. Our WCs are also wheelchair accessible.
Dogs are not allowed in the rooms, unless they are assistance dogs.