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Romy Rüegger, A Fabric in Turkey Red, 2013. Performance, 25'. Courtesy of the artist.

Romy Rüegger, What She Said Before Leaving Society, 2013. Performance, 25'. Courtesy of the artist.

Romy Rüegger, I am the Wall, 2017. Performance, 35'. Courtesy of the artist.

Romy Rüegger, Climbing Monuments, 2016. Performance, 35'. Courtesy of the artist.

Romy Rüegger develops performances, audio works and writings that consider how we move and communicate in social space, and the institutions and structures that control and restrict these actions. Her work is often site-specific and made in collaboration with other artists, creating sites of shared listening, encounter and unlearning that counter accepted narratives and value systems.

During her residency, Romy will develop a new performance addressing questions of social change beyond the borders of the nation state and national language, to be shown in an open rehearsal at Gasworks. The work will present a fragmentary vocabulary, in which objects, words and movements are poetic indicators of forgotten, lost and invented names, places and movements. She will also work on publication of texts by artists engaged in anti-racist and de-colonial practices of unlearning in the cultural field.


Romy Rüegger lives and works in Zurich and Berlin. Recent performances include: Reina llora*, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; I am the Wall, Performatik Festival, Brussels (both 2017); Binary Codes –as NO, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam; È lei qui sottolinea, Swiss Institute, Rome (both 2016); Are You an Underground? A ship’s deck or a terrace, Kunstmuseum Luzern; and Touching Tones with Tender Buttons, in collaboration with Anna Frei, district Berlin (both 2015). Recent texts and scripts have been published in The Air Will not Deny You, Diaphenes, Berlin and On Tips of Tongues, and Feeling as Taste, ed. The Side Room Amsterdam / district Berlin (both 2016).

Romy Rüegger’s residency is supported by Pro Helvetia and she is hosted in the Sackler residency studio.