In the context of Pilvi Takala’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland, Close Watch (10 June – 17 September 2023), at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the artist will share insights into her performative video works and discuss themes around her practice together with show’s curator Dr. Michael Birchall and frieze editor Chloe Stead in a hybrid online artist conversation.
Michael Birchall is curator at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, where he leads a programme of exhibitions, commissions and publications. From 2016–20 he was curator of public practice at Tate Liverpool and senior lecturer at Liverpool School of Art and Design, where he is currently a visiting fellow. He has edited numerous catalogues and journals and contributed to a wide range of publications, including Institution as Praxis: New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research (Sternberg Press, 2020); Tate Papers; ARKEN Bulletin; and the journal, On Curating. He is currently developing a group exhibition on the topic of Care, taking place in October 2023 at the Migros Museum.
Chloe Stead is a Berlin-based art critic and assistant editor of frieze. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and artist monographs. She has also taken part in or moderated talks at Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg; K21, Düsseldorf; Migros Museum, Zurich; and Vienna Contemporary.
Pilvi Takala is an artist who lives and works in Berlin and Helsinki. Takala represented Finland at the 59th Venice Biennial 2022. Her work has also been shown at Seoul Mediacity Biennale (2021); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2021); Künstlerhaus Bremen (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2018); CCA Glasgow (2016); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013): New Museum, New York (2012); Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Kunstinstituut Melly (FKA Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2010) and 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005). Takala won the Dutch Prix de Rome in 2011 and the Emdash Award and Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts in 2013.
Saturday, 10 June, 5 – 6 pm CET, with following Apéro 6 – 7 pm CET
Apéro Venue: Schwarzes Café (Löwenbräukunst) Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich