Nina Beier at Sommer Contemporary Art Zurich
Sommer Contemporary Art Zurich presents a solo exhibition by the Danish-born artist Nina Beier. The artist produced a site-specific installation of her work in the context of the home environment of the space. A series of pastel-colored bathroom sinks protrude out of the floor and walls of the space, containing hand-rolled cigars crafted to fit the hole of the drain. Bringing to mind Marcel Duchamp's iconic Fountain, in which he presented a urinal turned upside down, Nina Beier has created a tongue in cheek, feminist take on the use of a readymade household sanitary object. Human hair wigs are framed under glass further activates the space. For the occasion of Zurich Art Weekend, the artist also created a special performance: pregnant women recline on the sofas, chair and beds of the apartment, clad in camel hair coats and gazing at the same direction. A classic urban uniform, the camel coat, originally made from camels used on the Silk Road to carry goods, made the transition from a coat worn by polo players between chukkas to an outright glamour garment that exudes oriental charm.
The exhibition is open by appointment only until October 25, 2020.