Denise Bertschi

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

Aargauer Kunsthaus – AUSWAHL 16

"Ova Spin is considered as the 'most beautiful barricade site' in the Graub√ľnden, south of Switzerland. This because of the unique and idiosyncratic original camouflage of the two main structures: The bunker camouflaged as a medieval wall off the Ova Spin street acted with the infantry cannon and a machine gun on the tank barrier and on the explosive project of the Ofenpass road, which were located on the opposite side of the valley below the barrier. The second machine gun was aimed at Ova Spin nord. This bunker stands exposed on a ridge in the middle of the dam, which is about 1.5 km wide. But thanks to its camouflage as a wildly jagged rocky promontory, it is hardly visible."This is how the Ova Spin bunkers are described on an internal web page of all Graub√ľndner bunkers.

During a residency at Nairs in the Engadine, Denise Bertschi tried wandering off the beaten track only with GPS data, to find the place of the 'camouflaged' Swiss reduits. What she found on this strategic imitated rock ledge are painted abstract landscapes by skillful craftsmanship, painters in military service during the WW2. She takes photographs of the 'pain-tings' and is about to play another camouflage trick. The paintings, now printed on large scale textiles be-come other shelters in the white space of the museum, where they could be interpreted as impressionistic art works. It poses questions of seeing, of classification and also of authorship. Finally, the real creators of this work remain unknown.

Year: 2016