collaborative exhibition with Alessandro Rolandi at JETLAG in Bern, Switzerland,
NOV 2022

JETLAG is pleased to present, UPROOT, a collaborative exhibition by Alessandro Rolandi and Arden Surdam, organized by Till Könneker and hosted by Hella Studios.

For their first Bern-based show, Rolandi and Surdam will present site-specific installations in the former fire house at Viktoria Platz. The artists expand on their parallel experience of relocating to Switzerland, negotiating the physical and emotional phenomena of being uprooted. By incorporating displaced materials or capturing similarly foreign Bernese subjects, UPROOT invites viewers to consider the oddities associated with finding oneself in an alien location.

Installations are featured on all five floors of the building. Engaging with the unique architecture of the now defunct station, the artists generate sensorial environments through site, smell, and sound. Each level proposes a moment of fragmentation in an attempt to encapsulate the bizarre feelings of dislocation or longing. Through uprooted subjects, Rolandi and Surdam ask us to reflect on the occasionally violent acts of displacement and why we insist on imposing habitual transference on the natural environment or one another.

Please contact JETLAG at jetlagw@gmail.com for additional viewing appointments or directions.