2017-2019 Olivia Abächerli (Switzerland)

Olivia Abächerli (BFA, University of Bern) defines her practice as working on an extensive research about the connection between the intimate and the political, the narrative and the poetic. With a background centred on drawing, her practice is evolving towards forms of organisation and support structures. Her project A Furry Agora offers a unique perspective on the possibility of assembly by means of a social room on a natural plateau in the wilderness of the mountains of Northern Greece. Her curatorial practice is equally intense, with the management of a number of different projects, such as Schwob-Haus (an autonomous and non-hierarchical artists’ house in the centre of Berne, where cultural events, panel discussions, readings, exhibitions, or screenings are organised); and Cabane B (a multi-purpose space in Bern, focused on happenings and workshops). Olivia is also part of a collective called Hortus, which, in their own words, ‘moves between visionary prediction and proto-archaeological fieldwork, investigating aspects of utopia.’