About

Clarina Bezzola was born Switzerland and lives and works in New York. Clarina is a performance artist, sculptor, painter and trained classical singer.

 

My work investigates human consciousness. With the arise of consciousness and the identification of the self humans began to feel isolated – hence, fear and feelings of vulnerability arise. Each of us has his or her own individual way of dealing with the discomforts that result from feeling isolated and alone in the world. Some of us shield themselves with physical armors or walls while others wear masks or uniforms to deceive. Through the mediums of performance, sculpture / installation, painting and drawing and sometimes photography I investigate the struggle of the individual trying to find it’s place in society. 

BIOgraphy

 

EDUCATION

1995 BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

  • Dada Bomb, Installation with performance in collaboration with Miles Pittman, White Box Gallery, New York, USA

2012

  • Fressen und Gefressen werden, Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Tersyüz // Inside-Out, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey

2011

  • Pool Art Fair, Special Guest of honor: Gershwin Hotel, New York, USA

2010

  • Residency Exhibition, Galerie Krinzinger with One World Foundation, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
  • Structure, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD USA

2009

  • Two Worlds, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2008

  • Inside-Out, Kunsthalle Wien-Project Space am Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
  • Lärm im Kopf, Galerie Antje Wachs, Berlin, Germany
  • Inside-Out, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
  • Zone 1Vienna Art Fair, Galeries Krinzinger & Antje Wachs, Vienna, Austria
  • Swiss Miss: a Gathering, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich, Switzerland

2007

  • Der glückliche Tod im Leben und die Geburt ins Jetzt, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
  • Inside-Out, Lokaal 01, Antwerp, Belgium

2005

  • Inside-Out, Galerie Antje Wachs, Berlin, Germany

2003

  • Gathering, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA
  • Structure (2 shows), Jeffrey, New York and Jeffrey Atlanta, USA

2002

  • Skin and Structure, Gallery International, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Fluid, The Drawing Center, New York, USA

2001

  • Structure, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA
  • Wearable Sculptures, Art Resources Transfer, New York, USA

2000

  • Skin, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA

 

PERFORMANCES

2017

  • Why do we hide? Performance and lecture series. Beirut, Lebanon

2016

  • The Lady with a Thousand Faces at Totem and Taboo in Collaboration with Daniel Horowitz, Tillou Fine Arts, Brooklyn, NY, USA,

2015

  • Shaddow: Grand Central Station, New York January 2015
  • The Lady of a Thousand Faces: Picking in the Parlor IV, Park Slope- Brooklyn, New York January 2015

2014

  • Lady Screenface Performance at the Dadabomb party, a part of the Zurich meets New York Dada festival, organized by the Consulate of Switzerland in New York.

2013

  • The Lady of a Thousand Faces Residence of the Swiss Ambassador of New York François Barras

2012

  • The Lady of a Thousand Faces (2 performances) Fressen und gefressen werden, Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
  • When I walk AloneFressen und gefressen werden, organized by Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
  • The Lady of a Thousand FacesSpecial Event at the ART-Basel-UBS-VIP Lounge, Basel, Switzerland
  • When I walk AloneBeauty Contest, MUSA (Museum of the City of Vienna), Vienna, Austria

2011

  • Inside-OutUBS Fall Art Forum, UBS Conference Wolfsberg Ermatingen, Switzerland
  • Inside-OutUBS Fall Art Forum, UBS Conference Center Seepark Thun, Switzerland
  • When I walk alone, Performance in the streets of New York, Beauty Contest, organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA
  • Lamentation, Pool Art Fair, Gershwin Hotel, New York, USA

2010

  • Der glückliche Tod im Leben und die Geburt ins Jetzt, Playing the City, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Lamentation, Structure, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD USA

2008

  • Inside-Out, Kunsthalle Wien – Project Space am Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
  • Inside-Out, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg , Agathenburg, Germany
  • Swiss Miss: a Gathering (2 performances), Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich, Switzerland

2007

  • LamentationSanctuary, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, USA
  • Solo Vocal Recital with Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Celebration: Robert Karrer, Sihl City, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Der Glückliche Tod im Leben und die Geburt ins Jetzt, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
  • LamentationLooptopia, Chicago Cultural Institute, Chicago, Il, USA
  • Inside-Out, Lokaal 01, Antwerp, Belgium

2006

  • Inside-Out, Kunstraum Syltquelle, Sylt, Germany
  • Rigoletto, Opera by Verdi (Clarina as Gilda), Espresso Opera, New York, USA
  • Lamentation, Transmodern Age Performance Festival, Baltimore, MD, USA

2005

  • Inside-Out, Galerie Antje Wachs, Berlin, Germany
  • LamentationLimbs Heart Tongue and Teeth, Dalton Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Lamentation, Dress Makes a Woman, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, USA

2003

  • Gathering (2 performances), Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA

2002

  • Lamentation, during my show Fluid, The Drawing Center, New York, USA

2001

  • Lamentation (2 performances), Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA

1998

  • Study Chamber, Art Resources Transfer, The Armory Art Fair at the Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, USA

 

     

     

     

     
     

     

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2015

    • Under the Skin, Textiel Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
    • Dead West, Place and Identity, Lakeside, TX

    2012

    • AIR Sri Lanka, Krinzinger Projekte, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
    • Beauty Contest, MUSA (Museum of the City of Vienna), Vienna, Austria

    2011

    • Beauty Contest, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA
    • We the Artists, Trinidad National Museum of Art, Port of Spain, Trinidad

    2010

    • Playing the City, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
    • Evidence, Curated by Robert Attanasio, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, USA

    2009

    • Jahresausstellung der Bünder KünstlerInnen, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland
    • Performance II, Übertragung und Übersetzung, Photogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria

    2008

    • Who Are You? Faceless Tableaux Vivants, Galerie Adler, New York, USA

    2007

    • Sanctuary, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, USA
    • The Moss Gathering Tumbleweed Experience, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium and Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands
    • Le pais où on n’arrive jamais, Galerie Antje Wachs, Berlin, Germany

    2006

    • Innenwelten, Kunstraum Syltquelle, Sylt, Germany

    2005

    • Limbs Heart Tongue and Teeth, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA, USA
    • Dress Makes a Woman, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, USA

    2004

    • Art Project in the Public Realm / Part II Grenzfall Schweiz, The old port of Hamburg, Germany
    • Brave New World, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
    • Fresh: Works on Paper, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fé, NM, USA

    2003

    • Wear Structure, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

    2002

    • 15 Years Heads Projects, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland
    • Art Here and Now, sixteen showcases in the streets, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland
    • Spring Forward, Channel Store, curated by Downtown Arts Project, New York, USA

    2000

    • Preview Exhibition for 2000-2001, PS 122, New York, USA

    1999

    • Edition Heads, EXPO Gallery, Biel, Switzerland
    • Package, PS 122, New York, USA
    • Peek, White Box, New York, USA
    • Collective Jam, Night Owls, New York, USA

    1998

    • Small Works International, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, USA
    • The Tip of the Iceberg, Dorfman Projects, New York, USA

     

    FILMS and documentations

    2017

    I wanted my House to be a Sculpture: documentation by The Atlantic, by Emily Buder

    2015

    • Wir Schweizerinnen in New York, Documentary about three Swiss women who have come to live in the Big Apple from Switzerland,
      directed by Karin Bauer, produced by   the Swiss Radio and Television corporation

    2014

    iLady and Dadabomb, documentation of Dadabomb Festival New York - Zurich

    2013

    • Swiss Romansh interview with Clarina Bezzola Swiss Radio and Television corporation

    2012

    • Inside-OutTersyüz // Metropol Art Channel documentation of exhibit at Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Inside-Out - Gallery Zilberman, EkavArt TV, documentation of exhibit at Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Lady with a Thousand Faces, documentation of performance
    • A conversation among Sisters: documentation of interviews Katz Contemporary

    2011

    • When I walk alone, documentation of performance from Times Square, New York for the Austrian Cultural Forum New York collaboration with Thomas Wirthensohn

    2010

    • Playing the City, video Documentation of art in the Public realm. Organized by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
    • Playground 6 Documentation of lecture series organized by Andrei Severny

    2008

    • Judgement Day, video art work created in collaboration with Thomas Beug 
    • Noise in my Head, documentation of sound installation at Antje Wachs Gallery, Berlin
    • Swiss Miss: a Gathering, documentation of performance at Gallery Nicola von Senge, created in collaboration with Conny Kipfer 
    • Inside-Out, documentation of performance at Kunsthalle Wien am Karlsplatz.

    2007

    • Happy Death – Der Glückliche Tod im Leben documentation of performance created in collaboration with Jörg Burger
    • Solo Vocal Recital with Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Zürich, documentation of concert.

    1998

    • Eternal Moment: The Artist Clarina Bezzola, 16mm short documentary film directed and produced by Simone Stammbach

     

    LECTURES AND TEACHING WORKSHOPS

    • Why do we hide? Performance and lecture series. Beirut, Lebanon, 2017
    • Residence of the Swiss Ambassador of New York François Barras, New York, 2013
    • Playground 9, Lecture Series in Chelsea New York, USA, 2012
    • MD Institute (MICA) Mount Royal School of Arts, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2011
    • Art workshop at the Free Education Unit of One World Foundation Sri Lanka, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, 2010
    • Lucid Conference, New York, USA, 2010
    • Smolny College / St Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009
    • Nizhniy Novgorod Contemporary Art Center, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, 2009
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, 2009
    • Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA, 2007
    • School of Visual Arts, New York, USA, 2006
    • Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, USA, 2005
    • University of Massachusetts, New Bedford, MA, USA, 2004
    • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, 2004
    • The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI, USA, 2002