Control: Zurich University of the Arts MA Fine Arts 2023 degree show

Control: Zurich University of the Arts MA Fine Arts 2023 degree show

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

View of Control: Zurich University of the Arts MA Fine Arts 2023 degree show, 2023. Photo: Cedric Mussano.

June 26, 2023
Control: Zurich University of the Arts MA Fine Arts 2023 degree show
June 9–23, 2023
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

Control, the Zurich University of the Arts MA Fine Arts 2023 degree show, presented the work of thirty-four artists at the beginning of their careers working in a wide range of media such as painting, video, installation, and sculpture. The exhibition was not organized under a common theme but rather presented a great variety of conceptual and formal approaches and themes that young artists are engaging with today. However, a review of the works suggested that different aspects of the notion of control were recurring themes for many of the international graduates: “As I viewed and discussed with the artists their manifold practices and individual works, I was struck by one theme in particular that seemed to preoccupy many of them, albeit in divergent ways and to various ends: control,” said Anna Goetz, the curator of the exhibition. “The quest for control, the desire to gain control over (one’s own) narrative and conception of others, the critique of an authority exercising control and the implications of its position—all of these reiterate and modulate the recurring theme of control, placing many of the graduate works in conversation with one another.”

Parallel to the exhibition, a poster publication organized by the students was released.

Participating Artists

Leandra Agazzi
Ruba Badwan
Gabriyel Bat-Erdene
Richard Blaško
Line Chevalley
Mathieu Dafflon 
Alisha Dutt Islam 
Tereza Glazova
Giorgio Graf 
Irem Güngez 
Nadia Hauri 
Ana Hofmann
Jorim Huber
Eugène Kaïmanovitch 
Alina Kopytsia
Peter Majercik 
Angelos Merges
Alexeï Monney
Julia Nusser
Daeun Park
Duarte Perry
Aline Petrò
Valentin Rilliet
Lark Ring
Cordula Schieri
Nils Schulz
Katerina Sedy
Steen Sperling
Denisa Svachova
Ronja Svaneborg
Leevi Toija
Aline Witschi 
Cristian Zabalaga

Teaching and research at the Department of Fine Arts (DFA) at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) has an international profile and focuses on experimental ways of initiating, developing, and consolidating diverse, individual, and collaborative approaches to artistic and theoretical (trans)media practice and their diverse strategies and processes. Firmly established and networked in Zurich (a university city rich in culture, art, and media and home to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the DFA is one of Europe’s leading international training and research institutes for artists, art critics, curators and researchers working in art and aesthetic theory.

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