Quynh Dong / Sereina Steinemann


28.5. – 4.7.2020


Quynh Dong, «rong rừng chuối, In the banana forest (or garden)», Filmstill, 2019, 44:49min
Quynh Dong, «Hahnenkamm», 2015, Aquarell, je 32 x 26 cm
Quynh Dong, «Please talk to me», 2015, Skulptur/ Performance, weisser Ton, Porzellan, Dimensionen variabel
Quynh Dong, «Please talk to me», 2015, Skulptur/ Performance, weisser Ton, Porzellan, Dimensionen variabel
Sereina Steinemann, «Notizbücher», 2019, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 38 x 41cm
Sereina Steinemann, «Fatime's Studio», 2019, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 130 x 90cm
Sereina Steinemann, «The Issue», 2019, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 41 x 30cm
Sereina Steinemann, «Vorhang», 2020, Acryl auf Leinen, 42 x 41 cm
Sereina Steinemann, «Landschaft Hochmoor», 2019-2020, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 28 x 42 cm
Sereina Steinemann, «Leiter», 2019, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 110 x 90 cm
Sereina Steinemann, «Farbstifte», 2018, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 31 x 40 cm


Quynh Dong was born in North Vietnam (* 1982) and has lived in Switzerland since the age of eight. She underwent her art training in Biel, Bern and Zurich and was awarded several art prizes (Aeschlimann-Corti, Binz39, Rijksakademie). Among other things, the artist works as a performer and singer and is known for her wonderful watercolors and videos.

In the video work "trong rng chui, In the banana forest (or garden)", Quynh Dong took a look at the lacquer work by the painter Nguyen Gia Tris and the story in the banana trees in Nguyen Tuan's novel " Echo and Shadow Upon a Time" (Vang bong mot thoi) get her inspiration.

So she uses different elements of culture to combine and destroy them, to think about how traditional or contemporary cultural patterns came about and creates a lacquer picture in the language of the moving images. Seven dancers perform in a butoh manner between the banana trees. They blend in with nature, like wandering souls or like the dried banana leaves in the garden. You can hear soft sonar pieces that are quieter than the sound of the banana forest.

In addition to the video, parts of the work “Please talk to me” are on display. The objects in the form of chamwae (Korean melons) are made of white clay and porcelain. Dong interacts with the material like with a performing partner. The factors of time, duration and space are always unpredictable. The clay has a different material in each drying process. The different drying moments are related to time, space and weather. With each piece, Dong begins a new conversation. The glazing and the firing process manipulate and transform the material.

After an intensive examination of non-representational painting (strip compositions), Sereina Steinemann (* 1984, Richterswil) has been dealing with figurative painting for several years. She is very interested in the subject; in what immediately surrounds it. She paints with acrylic on cotton or linen, mounted on a stretcher. The motifs are reduced-symbolic, figuratively-symbolically painted, often with borrowings from the medium comic, as far as the colors or the design language are concerned. The objects sometimes tip into the abstract. This is exactly what interests her that certain images move between abstraction and object. Her conceptual stance is often shown when dealing with titles. They should open something, add something to the work without narrowing it down. She is interested in loose telling when compiling series of works. The works for series were all created individually; she only puts them into context afterwards. The connecting title of the works can begin a narrative, but it should be loose enough so that there is enough space for the viewer's own pictures.

The artist also deals with questions about composition and image background as well as the economical suggestion of space. Sometimes the only finely primed canvas forms the background, as in «Mickey». Sometimes she paints dense backgrounds, as in the picture «ladder». Steinemann tries to explore the interplay of such different images when hanging them. Such neighborhoods can create tensions and breaks.

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Erich Weiss 2020
Dong / Steinemann 2020
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Martin Kasper
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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