The artistic practice of Sonia Kacem (CH, 1985, currently in residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam) is largely dedicated to sculpture and installation and draws from strategies established by arte povera and process art. Her works are often site-specific, mutable or ephemeral and play with scale and volume of the material as its own entity as well as their relation to a biological scale, a temporal dimension and ‘human’ narrative.
Kacem’s solo exhibitions include ‘Carcasse’, Centre Culturel Suisse (2017); ‘Night Shift’, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2016); ‘Bermuda Triangle’, Kunsthalle St. Gallen; ‘Loulou replay’, Kunstverein Nürnberg; ‘Dramaticule’, T293, Naples (2015); ‘Loulou’, Mamco, Geneva (2014); ¨Thérèse’, Palais de l’Athenée, Salle Crosnier, Geneva (2013).
Kacem’s work has been exhibited in numerous group shows such as ‘Museion Prize’, Museion, Bozen; ‘Flatland: abstractions narratives’, Musée régional d’art contemporain, Sérignan; ‘Face to Face, a selection of emerging artists from the Ernesto Esposito collection’, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno (2016); ‘Unter 30.Junge Schweizer Kunst XI. Kiefer Hablitzel Preis 2015’, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus; Stipendium Vordemberge-Gildewart, Centre Pasquart, Bienne; ‘Swiss Art Awards 2015’, Basel (2015); ‘THENnow’, cur. by Giovanni Carmine & Alexis Vaillant, Miart, Milan; ‘Enigma’, /V\inibar /-\rtistspace, Stockholm; ‘FRIDAY’ (w/ Katharina Fengler & Charlotte Herzig), cur. by S. Leuenberger and E. Lammer, Autocenter, Berlin (2014); ‘Material Conceptualism’, Aanant & Zoo, Berlin; ‘Art of Living (i.e. Goodbye, Blue Monday)’, Chez Valentin, Paris; ‘Time’, Oslo10, Basel; Swiss Art Awards, Basel (2013).
Lucy Stein (UK, 1979, lives and works in Cornwall) is a painter exploring a gendered extrapolation of the historicity of the medium engaging with feminist theory and addressing masculine tropes with exceptional wit. In the last few years, Stein has built mainly on celtic paganism and British modernist painting in creating personal and specific cultural, often geographically linked mythologies.
Stein’s recent solo exhibitions include ‘On Celticity’, organised with Paola Clerico, Rodeo Gallery, London (2016); ‘Moonblood/Bloodmoon’, Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2015); ‘Retention’ (with Shana Moulton), Gimpel Fils, London; ‘Big Farmer’, Piper Keys, London; ‘On Heat’, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz / Tirol (2014); ‘O! where is St. George’, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2013).
Her work has been included in ‘A New Kitchen Sink’, Josh Lilley, London; ‘What is This Place?’, Newlyn Gallery, Penzance (2017); ‘I Wish I Never Kissed That Frog’, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam; ‘Caught in the trees’, Gregor Staiger, Zurich; ‘BLISS presents...REGRESSION’, Kingsgate Workshops, London; ‘Uncommon Chemistry’, curated by Dan Howard–Birt, Observer Bld., Hastings; ‘NEO-PAGAN BITCH-WITCH!’, curated by Lucy Stein & France-Lise McGurn, Evelyn Yard, London; ‘Le Bourgeois’, 3236RLS, London; ‘Opals’, curated by Vincent Honoré, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger; ‘What are we gonna paint?’, curated by Paola Clerico, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; ‘All the best/yours sincerely: Radical Positions in London Painting Today’, Galeria Alegria, Madrid (2016); ‘Stopping the Sun in its Course’, curated by Jesse McKee, François Ghebaly Gallery, LA; ‘In Search of an Author’, curated by Chiara Giovando and Andrew Berardini, UKS, Oslo; Roger Ackling, Keith Farquhar, Lucy Stein, Piper Keys / Life Gallery / The Duck at SPACE, London (2015); ‘July’, The Approach, London; ‘The White Hotel’, Gimpel Fils, London; ‘Sacré 101– An Exhibition Based on ‹The Rite of Spring›’, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2014) ‘SS Blue Jacket’, Karst, Plymouth; ‘next to perplexed you,’ curated by Jan Verwoert, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna; ‘Skirt the parlour, and shun the zoo’, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff (2013).