Istituto Svizzero is pleased to present “I is we, we is them, them is us, us is I, I is you and you is I”, first solo exhibition in Italy by Swiss artist Ramaya Tegegne.
Ramaya Tegegne’s installations,performances,publications, and projects investigate the economics of art production, display, representation, and reception. She often cites other artists and artworks to do so. Tegegne’s preoccupations for this exhibition lay on the intersection of feminist and activist discourses. She explores collaborative practices, cooperation, conversations as a means of sharing knowledge as well as deconstructing the social preconditions and dominant mechanisms of the art field. The title of the show is a borrowed quote by Sister Souljah, an Afro-American “raptivist”, author, recording artist and community activist.
Ramaya Tegegne (based in Geneva, Switzerland) has presented solo exhibitions at Kevin Space, Vienna (2019); VIS, Hamburg (2018); Park View / Paul Soto, Brussels (2018); Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich (2018); First Continent, Baltimore (2017); Fri Art Kunsthalle Fribourg (2015); and Marbriers 4, Geneva (2014). Her performances have been presented at Kunsthalle Basel (2018); Kunsthalle Bern (2017); and the Swiss Institute, New York (2016) amongst others.
She is co-founder of the art and critical theory bookshop La Dispersion in Geneva. In 2017, she launched the campaign ‘Wages For Wages Against’, for the remuneration of artists in Switzerland and beyond.