Fondazione ICA Milano presents, from Friday 18 March to Saturday 28 May 2022, the exhibition Gezeichnet, an Italian solo show by Miriam Cahn (Basel, 1949), curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi.
Miriam Cahn's work finds its own central nucleus in life, made manifest through the representation of the body. The protagonists of his works, which at first glance elude the distinction between human and non-human, recall through the evocative force of lines and colors crucial themes of the present time, such as impotence in the face of traumas and violence suffered, the origin of a new life and the search for a coexistence between human beings, animals and nature.
With her works, Cahn brings about an overturning of the medium of painting, which from a traditional genre becomes an instrument of reflection used to thoroughly investigate European and global history.
Drawing inspiration from the performance art and feminist movements of the 60s and 70s, Miriam Cahn's work often placed the body at the center of the creative process. Since the early 1980s, her works have revealed a strong performative value, where the artist's body often turned into a real artistic medium. It was during this period that Cahn established himself on the international scene. In 1982 she participated in Documenta 7, however choosing to remove her works from the prestigious event as a sign of protest. In 1983 her works were presented at the Kunsthalle in Basel, during a solo exhibition curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann. Finally, in 1984 she was selected for the 41st edition of the Venice Biennale to represent her country, Switzerland. The 90s saw the artist make a radical transformation of his practice, with the abandonment of the monumental drawings that had made it internationally known and greater attention to the pictorial medium.