The Birds Said You Move

Una Szeemann, 2021 - 2023

Una Szeemann uses dead organic matter such as leather, hair, plaster, copper, bronze, bones, rope, and dried plants. Oftentimes, her large-scale objects dangle from heavy metal chains into the exhibition space which grants them an almost persona-like aura, especially when she uses hair from horse tails. Una Szeemann’s practice is based on research within the realms of anthropology, psychoanalysis, including hypnosis, and biology. Through the various materials she strives to bring forth the invisible that doesn’t exist any longer but has left traces in the present. Like an alchemist, Szeemann tries to materialize these traces of bodies, thoughts, and the unconscious. In poetic ways that bear an intriguing closeness to modern day witchcraft, she attempts to preserve what otherwise would quickly sink into oblivion and features the transference of bodies and natural materials into different oftentimes intangible states.

Bronze I: 41 x 31 x 30, II: 52 x 40 x 40, III: 72 x 23.5 x 21.5, IV: 81 x 35 x 30, V: 50 x 25 x 18, VI: 64 x 26 x 11, VII: 66 x 48 x 16 cm
(Photographs: © Anna Maysuk, © Kunsthaus Zürich, Franca Candrian)