rennen, 03.08.2013 | Photo credits: Reto Pedrini, Courtesy Meyer Riegger
“Mare Nostrum” – in and beyond late antiquity, this term with its manifold political origins described the totality of all people included within the Imperium Romanum, and at the same time, the claim to power that the empire asserted, which has left its mark on European life up until today. In the autumn of 2015, the Italian naval operation of the same name – which had been called into life just two years earlier in the wake of the Lampedusa tragedy to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean – was terminated. It comes as no surprise that the Swiss artist Miriam Cahn chose this title for her new large-format works and smaller drawings created from the 1980s, displayed together for the first time.
Topics such as war, violence, and people fleeing from conflict have found expression in her work from the very beginning, revealing both her precise observation of the world around her, and her ongoing concern for her own history.
The exhibition, however, should not be seen solely as autobiographical or as retrospective. The forthright inclusion of current-day events testify to Miriam Cahn’s concerns with political developments, which are addressed directly in her paintings from a personal perspective, and are submitted for discussion and debate in the exhibition environment.