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Exhibition Opening: On Fire – Vulnerable Footage

  • S.A.L.T.S 12 Hauptstrasse Birsfelden, BL, 4127 Switzerland (map)

With works by Melanie Bonajo, Samira Elagoz, Juliana Huxtable, Carolyn Lazard, Leigh Ledare, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Tobias Madison, Markus&Markus, Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Christoph Schlingensief, Martine Syms, Johannes Willi and Sasha Wortzel with Morgan Bassichis

Curated by Benedikt Wyss with Boris Nikitin (Basler Dokumentartage) and Samuel Leuenberger (SALTS Birsfelden)

Opening: Thursday, 11 April 2019, 5pm
with Jannik Giger, Legion Seven and Awet Tesfazgi

The exhibition is commissioned by the Basler Dokumentartage 19.


Presenting new and older film and video works, the exhibition «On Fire – Vulnerable Footage» investigates human vulnerability as a potential to represent, uncover, cope, interfere etc. Liveliness, disease and mortality are inscribed in the moving image. In this transformation, people, and their bodies are captured and archived. This creates the paradox of an illusion of eternity, which at the same time refers to the future absence of the filmed person. Film and video are flickering testimonies to melancholy, a contemporary memento mori.


Exhibition: 12 April – 11 May 2019

Opening hours: 12–14 Apr 2019 Fr–Su 2–6 pm
after that: Fridays 2–6 PM, Saturdays 1–5 pm and by appointment


Hauptstrasse 12
4127 Birsfelden/BL


On Fire – Vulnerable Footage is kindly supported by Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt, Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Landschaft, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Christoph Merian Stiftung, SüdKulturFonds, zürich moves!, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Deli Projects and L. + Th. La Roche-Stiftung.


Access to the exhibition space through the backyard.
The gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Admission is free, we're open Friday & Saturday 2-6 pm and by appointment


Earlier Event: April 10
Vernissage: Jonas Etter
Later Event: April 11
Performance as Method