The FATart team
Ursina Gabriela Roesch (she/her)
Co-founder, Co-President, Project manager, FATcore /zh/ch
Despite resistance and hostility of the art world, Ursina Gabriela Roesch aka urgart was aware of the subversive and socio-political role of art. urgart creates multimedia conceptual art that creates and advances discourse. Already in early years her/his environment was influenced by world art. Ursina Gabriela Roesch finally decided to contribute to the art world as a woman as well as a man (dragking) - the persistent gender discrimination in the trade is a crucial reason for his/her commitment to FATart.
Ursina Gabriela Roesch's role as curator for the Women Power exhibition "144 Zurich Women Artists in Zurich" in 2016 was also inspiring and formative. The exhibition showed how present, yet still exceptional, the topic of women in art is. From the opening speech of Bice Curiger, former curator of the Kunsthaus Zürich:
"(...) We owe this lush and finely ramified overview to Ursina Gabriela Roesch, who has worked with great dedication over the past four months (without salary) to organize and select the works - she deserves applause."
Ursina Gabriela Roesch directs his/her focus on artworks and communication-oriented projects and commissions. See www.urgart.com.
Martina Venanzoni (she/her)
Curatorial director, Project Coordinator, FATcore /bs/ch
Her passion for contemporary art is based on the multiple ways in which art contributes to the cultural memory of history. As a curator and holding a PhD in art history, she is interested in how the canon of art history is formed, who receives visibility, and how quality is defined in terms of gender and culture. She advocates for an inclusive and solidarity-based feminism that creates awareness of structural problems and presents solutions. In her role at FATart, she is excited by the opportunity to make a tangible contribution to greater diversity in the arts.
Maja Renfer (she/her)
Maja studies Culture, Criticism & Curation in London.
She became interested in art at an early age, but has always been disappointed when the number of female artists and FLINTA in art exhibitions can be counted on one hand. She joined FATart in summer 2021 to support socially committed curation work, which represents an essential step towards an inclusive art world.
Noëlle Berger (she/her)
Actuary and Treasurer /zh/ch
Noëlle Berg (artist's name) is a woman and an artist and does not want to endure, but to act. To expose social conditioning and reference culture with bold poses drive her. The resulting work seeks to enrapture and disrupt, and in hindsight, seduce us to think of things differently and open our eyes to the beautiful and the possible. The engagement for FAT offers Noëlle Berg another opportunity to stand up for these values and concerns. www.noelle-berg.kleio.com
Gesa Röllinger (she/her)
Gesa studies art history at the University of Basel. She has read too many articles in professional journals, visited too many exhibitions in which women artists are reduced to wife, mother, muse, model, assistant or acquaintance of the male counterpart. She is tired of the Western male narrative in art historiography. Whenever Gesa is not submitting "too monographic and too feminist" academic papers to her lecturers, she takes care of FATart's online presence.
Swassthika Sarma (she/her)
Through her work, Swassthi advocates for queer feminist and anti-racist issues. She is a sociologist and philosopher. In a male and white world, Swassthi advocates for minorities and inequalities of all kinds.
With her company and think tank fragnach.ch, Swassthi is committed to inclusive, critical and intersectional research and surveys.
At FATart, Swassthi wants to bring a new perspective as a researcher and maker, and advocate for women artists.
Mona Rosa (she/her)
Mona Rosa is an artist and audio book producer. She empowers menstruating people to use their cycle resources and thus actively shape social spaces. She supports FAT as coordinator of the FATpermanent Art Space, the interim use of the 4th floor in Kammgarn WEST.
Lisa Spaar (she)
"I like people, find injustice unbearable and want to learn more about art. Being a board woman is a great way to combine all that."
Lisa grew up in the countryside and has been at home on, by and in the water ever since. She has been working for a consulting firm for more than ten years and deals daily with redirecting rusty structures into flowing processes.
irem güngez (she/her) /zh/tr
Irem is an artist and photographer. She originally comes from Istanbul and is based in Zurich. She supports FATart with photography and video documentation.
Nusa Núñez de La Torre (her) Digital /zh/ch
With roots in Switzerland, Spain and Peru, Nusa Núñez de La Torre carries the world within her. Her home is where her art is. Literally, because Nusa turns her most private spaces into walk-in luminous installations. She works with sound, light and video technology.
When Nusa is not travelling in analogue, she is in the digital ether. Working online offers Nusa further opportunities to advocate for the visibility of women artists.
Lukas Jäger (er)
Graphic designer /bs/ch
He is a trained printing technologist and studied Visual Communication at the University of Art and Design in Basel. Lukas has been responsible for graphic design at FATart since the beginning and is responsible for ensuring that all printed products have a uniform appearance.
Viviana Gonzalez (she) Meeting point for women artists* with a migration background /ch/at
Viviana is a Colombian visual artist. Her artistic and investigative work focuses on themes such as the relationships we build with places, cartography and migration, from a postcolonial perspective, and mainly through media such as drawing and installation. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Arts and Cultural and Media Theories at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in cooperation with the Linz University of the Arts. For FATart she is the initiator of the meeting place for female artists with a migration background.