Latefa Wier­sch

Orig­i­nal Features


The Kun­sthaus Lan­gen­thal presents the first insti­tu­tional solo exhi­bi­tion of the work of Latefa Wier­sch (*1982 in Dort­mund, Ger­many, lives and works in Zurich). Her work is pop­u­lated by lim­i­nal beings that com­bine ele­ments of human and animal, plant, object, and machine, and that pupate and trans­form. Draw­ing on obser­va­tions of every­day life and a provoca­tive sense of humor, these fig­ures tell sto­ries about social real­i­ties and the life of the artist. Against the back­ground of cur­rent dis­courses on iden­tity, Latefa Wier­sch con­fronts the gaps in her own his­tory. The cen­ter­piece of the exhi­bi­tion is a per­for­mance with the Dan­dara Modesto and Rhoda Davids Abel.

Exhi­bi­tion Text

Curated by Raf­fael Dörig and Eva-Maria Knüsel.

The exhi­bi­tion is gen­er­ously sup­ported by:
Kanton Zürich, Fach­stelle Kultur
Stiftung Tem­per­a­tio
Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung
Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim-Stiftung


Latefa Wiersch, Optimism is a Superpower, 2022. Courtesy of the artist
06:00 pm
10:00 am
–12:00 pm
02:00 pm
–05:00 pm


Latefa Wiersch. artpop_insta

Since 2018, Latefa Wier­sch has been pro­vid­ing inti­mate insights into the life of a young artist on her Insta­gram account @artpop_insta: posts from the studio, from par­ties or open­ings show her analy­sis of col­lec­tive artis­tic processes, the mech­a­nisms of the art busi­ness, and her role as a female PoC in it. The clou‒the pro­tag­o­nist as well as her circle of friends are roughly sewn dolls that are staged for the pho­tographs with great atten­tion to detail; with ever new out­fits and hair­styles, attuned to cur­rent trends and pop cul­tural references.

With this fic­ti­tious account, Latefa Wier­sch raises ques­tions about the over­lap­ping of the public and the pri­vate which is taken for granted in the art scene and for which social media are both stage and cat­a­lyst. The vic­ar­i­ous fig­ures and their expe­ri­ences with racism, sexism, class, tokenism, and the moral con­flicts that come along are artis­tic means for Wier­sch to reflect on social changes against the back­ground of a post­colo­nial present, espe­cially in the art world.

The pub­li­ca­tion doc­u­ments Latefa Wiersch’s long-term project @artpop_insta in a selec­tion of image and text con­tri­bu­tions and is pub­lished on the occa­sion of Latefa Wiersch’s solo exhi­bi­tion “Orig­i­nal Fea­tures” at Kun­sthaus Langenthal.

Pub­lished by Kun­sthaus Lan­gen­thal and Präsens Edi­tio­nen, 2022
Ring bind­ing, 130 pages 
12.5 x 12.5 cm
Lan­guage: English
ISBN 978–3‑906282–28‑2
CHF 12.– + ship­ping costs