Vreni Spieser is an artist who moves comfortably between installation, performance and community art, creating provisional counterculture spaces.
She has borrowed the term “Eldorado” to describe her approach, which has both a local and global dimension as she attempts to satisfy her unquenchable thirst for discovery through non-stop research. Eldorado’s thematic focus is concerned with migration, postcolonialism, adaptation, ornamentation, travel and dance.
Stays abroad and residencies have taken her to Ghana, Halle/Saale, Paris, Buenos Aires and the Philippines, among others, including a trip to Japan in 2016.
At Arc, Vreni Spieser will research what Japan and Western Africa have in common with one another. She connects these two places with trips she has made: that to Ghana almost 30 years ago and that to Japan this year. Emigration, ornaments, dance, her own biography, the slave trade, seafaring and our view of what we term the “exotic” will serve as the background for several experimental set-ups and first performative images. The Japanesengesellschaft, a carnival organisation from Schwyz, will also play a role.