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How to Cure Your Swiss Illness?

18 October - 10 November

| Free

Flux Laboratory is happy to welcome Maëlle Gross for her first solo exhibition. Young Swiss of Greek descent, Maëlle is a multidisciplinary artist that puts forward a new reflection on the question of identity.

After focusing on subject matters surrounding gender, mainly through the medium of video filming, she found her inspiration for new creations in the concept of nostalgia – one being away from his / her native country. The so called “Swiss illness” is linked to Dr. Johannes Hofman’s research dating back to the 17th century. He observed the depressed state of Swiss soldiers sent abroad, explored the sources of their despondency and described the first symptoms of this since then much talked about sentiment.

Her father being Greek, Maëlle herself has been affected by origin-related queries. For a year, she has been conducting research rotating between Geneva and Athens in order to detect codified social behaviors, notably around the notion of identity. By using imaging, sequencing, writing and narration she transforms her vulnerabilities into vivid pieces and explores, via the big data of the world-wide web, nine new ways to find a cure for the “Swiss illness”.

Curator: Olivia Fahmy



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