Zilla Leutenegger

'One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets oneself be tamed'


Preview on March 10, 2006, 7 - 9pm
Exhibition from March 11 - April 22, 2006
Opening hours Tue - Sat 11am - 6pm


Galerie Kamm is pleased to present Zilla Leutenegger with her third solo exhibition in the gallery. Zilla Leuten¬egger works in parallel with different media, but she also creates direct inter-medial links. Her works frequently come about at the interface between drawing, video projection and wall painting. In the current exhibition Zilla Leutenegger will show, for the first time, three video reliefs, where she combines sculptural elements and video images. Abstract wall sculptures made of balsa wood become screens for video projections and are given a concrete meaning by the pictorial element projected on them.

The three video reliefs Level 49 1-3 record the view from a tower block, or more exactly, from a hotel room situ¬ated on the 49th floor. From a vertiginous height the gaze falls over an overlapping, multi-levelled tangled network of highways. The criss-crossing routes produce an irritating sense of depth, which is also extended into the room: the sculptural wall elements correspond to the depicted pattern of roads. The silent images of the stream¬ing traffic seem strangely fascinating, distant and foreign as though observed through the filter of a dream. Unlike most works by Zilla Leutenegger, Level 49 1-3 doesn't have a protagonist (frequently the artist herself or an alter ego). Nevertheless it's not a matter of a neutral, factual gaze. The urban landscape becomes a mirror for a feeling of estrangement from the surrounding world. These associations are backed up by the monitor work Sleeper. It shows the sleeping artist in the non-specific ambience of the same hotel room. She sleeps alone in a strange room in a foreign, continuously moving city. The subjectively felt distance to the unusual surroundings is mirrored by the position of the artist who is indeed situated high above the city.

“One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets oneself be tamed” revolves around the uneven power relations between urban and human organism. At the same time however the works convey the experience of being em¬bedded in a cosmos made fascinating by its strangeness.