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Heidi Bucher

19 Sep - 09 Dec 2018

Heidi Bucher, Bodyshells, Venice Beach, 1972
Single-channel video on monitor or projection
16-mm film shown on DVD, colour, sound, 2:33 min.
Courtesy the Estate of Heidi Bucher
Installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby
Heidi Bucher, Fliegender Hautraum (Flying Skinroom), 1981
Installation view from the Ahnenhaus/Obermühle Winterthur
Photograph by Andreas Schwarber.
Courtesy the Estate of Heidi Bucher
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher, installation view at Parasol unit, London, 2018. Photography by Benjamin Westoby. Courtesy of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
Heidi Bucher
19 September - 09 December 2018

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present a major survey exhibition of works by Swiss artist Heidi Bucher (1926–1993). Showing for the first time in a UK public institution 25 years after her death, this exhibition brings together a significant body of her enigmatic latex works made during the last two decades of her artistic life and includes screenings of films that document her at work.

Well known for her latex casts of room interiors, objects, clothing and the human body, which she herself referred to as Häutungen (skinnings), Bucher’s process invariably preserved a haunting imprint of an architectural surface or an object which was simultaneously both a physical encapsulation of and a liberation from the memories these things held for her. To create her skinnings, Bucher first covered her chosen surface with gauze, pressed liquid latex into it, then when it was almost dry she peeled it off. Bucher dealt with the body and architecture in the same manner, an indication that these concepts are fully intertwined within her work. Her complex working technique was often physically demanding and carried out with great vigour and conviction.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a tailored programme of educational events and a comprehensive publication.

Parasol unit appreciates the generous support of Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Henry Moore Foundation, Pro Helvetia and Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road | London | N1 7RW
 

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