It was friday afternoon; the season of autumn announcing itself for the very first time outside of the old cellulose factory which has become stage and home for the artists currently in residence at the Kettenreaktion Art Campus. It has been a very hot end to the summer for all of us, and the room which currently displays a Mural by Swiss Artist Maja Kopp is a location I have visited frequently over the span of the last couple of weeks. I habe been here numerous times. Yet I have never seen it illumated in this diffused kind of lighting, making its way through the open windows of this special room of ours, rendering the space in front of us in its dustiest and greyest of appearances i came here  to observe so far.

Since the inauguration and opening of the the Art Campus, resulting in its recently introduced access for participating artists and activists, and the weeks before that, all taken place under the banner of explorations and discoveries, I have witnessed these walls undergo a immense yet subtle process of transformation. The structures in front of us becoming alive again. Every so slight variation in texture and color telling its own part of a bigger story. Each altered surface, be it caused by blunt force or the natural decay brought on by time and the elements of nature. A much grander tragedy which the very premises we stand on must have endured. A Daily drama as routine. Thus it is every time I attend to this this location, i discover something new, unexplored and unique.

And this day proved to be no different, as I was 10 minutes late for my appointment with Zina Vaessen; A back pack and a few other assorted items in one corner of the gloomy room which I took note of reassured me that the artist I had an appointment with was already on set.

Zina Vaessen would give me an impressive rendition of her perfomance which she decided to stage against this unique backdrop. I was rather taken by her subtle voice taking me through aspects of her work and the piece she was about show in a thorough and reassuring manner. “ Its never the same , every time it might be slightly different“…the performance dancer emphasized as we were discussing the shoot ahead of us. She planned a very own personal response to the room, the painting and the area in its own right. “ Without too much contemplation

As such, Zina reinacted the poses of the characters painted on the wall, breaking out into her own routines and sequences of movement and infusing her own interpretation into the work of Maja Kopp’s painting.

 

Performer: Zina Vaessen, Painting by : Maja Kopp / Photography by Mike Wolff

Performer: Zina Vaessen, Painting by : Maja Kopp / Photography by Mike Wolff

Performer: Zina Vaessen, Painting by : Maja Kopp / Photography by Mike Wolff

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