GINA FISCHLI - INTERIOR LIVING

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INTERIOR LIVING


Gina Fischli


25.11.2018 - 27.1.2019

By the time she arrived, her colleagues were already inside the house. A typical cottage in the middle of a long terrace, two-up two-down. She entered the narrow hallway, some coats on hooks to her left took up almost all the space. She squeezed past. A smell of stale, cold cigarette smoke filled her nose. As she entered the living room she saw Detective Jackson holding what appeared to be a perfectly ripe pear in is hand, inspecting it from all sides.

“Chief Inspector Lichti, good thing you’re here, ma’am.“

“Jackson, please, we’ve talked about this. It’s Gina, not ma’am“, she retorted while looking around inquisitively. “So what have we got here?”

“The neighbour called 101. A young mother lives here with her child. Apparently he saw her going into the house with a strange red haired man this morning and heard them fighting soon after. When he went to check on her, the front door was open but he said he didn’t see anyone coming out of the house all day. He spends a lot of time on his window sill, if you know what I mean.“

“I see“, Lichti nodded. “So there is nobody in the house?”

“No, ma’am.“

She leaned over the baby crib that was standing in the corner and touched the mattress. It was still warm. Whoever was here last must have left minutes before the neighbour had checked on them. She let her fingers run over the whitewashed beechwood of the crib. Well balanced Danish design. The thought of the baby inhaling all this smoke disgusted her though. There were ashtrays everywhere. Boxes were scattered throughout the space. The kind you use to move house.

“I can’t make out whether she has just moved in or was in fact planning to move out shortly. How long has this woman lived here?”

“Two years“, Jackson replied.

A bird cage was empty. It’s door open. There was still food inside. It has definitely been inhabited recently, she thought to herself. But where was the bird? Apart from the cigarettes and the moving boxes nothing was too unusual in this space, but something wasn’t right, she thought.

“Tasteful furniture for this part of town. This is the original Callimaco floor lamp by Ettore Sottsass from 1982. And the wink chair by Kita Toshiyuki, more or less from the same era.”

She whistled through her front teeth. „Not bad Jackson, didn’t know you were also a design expert.“

An alarm clock in the corner was ticking, making the passing of time almost tangible. The classic Braun model by Dietrich Lubs and Dieter Rams. She personally preferred Swiss clockwork. More precise.

“Ma’am, we found red pubic hair in the bidet in the upstairs bathroom. We’ll take that to the lab“, said Inspector Gordon who was just coming down the stairs after a thorough investigation of the bathroom.

“I always thought these things were for washing your feet?“, Jackson remarked.

She kneeled down to take a book from the bookcase next to the crib. They all looked so perfectly untouched. She opened one and immediately looked up, horrified:                                                                                                                             

“Gentlemen, this is a crime scene!“



Gina Fischli studied at HfBK Hamburg and at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London (2015-2018)

Selected group and solo shows include:

2018: Trout and Steel, group show - Horse Hospital, London; Way Out, group show, JENNYS, London; Ties and Fries, group show, Her Gallery, London

2017: I've still got it but do I want it, group show, DELF, Vienna; Molto Suggestivo, solo show, DELF, Vienna; Christie, Gina Fischli&Issy Wood, ZAK's, New York

2016: structuras, group show, stalla,  Madulain; Sufficient Joy, Gina Fischli&Issy Wood, Greatorex, London; Burlington Gardens Project, Installation at Royal Academy of Arts, London; London Today, solo show, Forde, Genf

2015: Susy Culinski & friends, group show, Fanta Spazio, Milano; Hiscox Kunstpreis, Kunsthaus Hamburg


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - Aschenbecher, 2018, ashtray, salt dough, ash and cigarette ends


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - Aschenbecher, 2018, salt dough, ash and cigarette ends


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - Aschenbecher, 2018, ashtray, salt dough, ash and cigarette ends


Gina Fischli - Birne, 2018, glue and glitter on plywood, 12,5 x 8 cm


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018


Gina Fischli - Aschenbecher, 2018, ashtray salt dough, ash and cigarette ends


Gina Fischli - INTERIOR LIVING, Installation view, 2018



Gina Fischli - Aschenbecher, 2018, ashtray, salt dough, ash and cigarette ends


Gina Fischli - Bücher, 2018, glue and glitter on plywood, 118,5 x 39 cm


Gina Fischli - Bidet, 2018, glue and glitter on plywood, 58 x 35.5 cm