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History of FATart

The meeting of the artist Ursina Gabriela Roesch with the artist and economist Mark Damon Harvey was decisive for the creation of FATart. Both of them had questioned their socialization and history since early childhood. Their critical world views became a breeding ground for an exchange.

Mark Damon Harvey und Ursina Gabriela Roesch

The exchange took place when the artist Ursina Gabriela Roesch helped to realize the exhibition under the title «Frauenpower» in 2016. The exhibition showed art by Zurich artists from the past 100 years.

3000 exhibits by 144 artists were showcased and honored for the first time on 2500m2. In doing so, the fire was kindled to bring the art of women to light. After the success of the exhibition, the artist Ursina Gabriela Roesch and the artist as well as intersectionality expert Mark Damon Harvey jointly founded “FATart” in November 2016.

It was an initiative with character and a role model  that sets new standards for the Swiss and international art scene.


Photo: Mark Damon Harvey and Ursina Gabriela Roesch (from left to right). (Photo by Jama Sanneh)

Since then, various projects have been set up that promote women | FLINTA in the arts. The Femme Artist Table (FATart) is the only organization in Switzerland that is so committed to the concerns of women in the art market.

With numerous projects, including the FATart Fair, FATart is restlessly campaigning for presence, voice, visibility, attention and acceptance of women artists .

As of 2020 the founding team Ursina Gabriela Roesch and Mark Damon Harvey has been complemented by the queer feminist curator and art historian Pauline Della Bianca. With its curatorial management, FATart sets another milestone in the history of art for women.


With extraordinary commitment and inexhaustible perseverance, the core team Ursina Gabriela Roesch, Mark Damon Harvey and Pauline Della Bianca, together with indispensable helpers, advocate for equal and contemporary inclusion of women in the art world.

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