Artist Talk

Denise Bertschi

5 Nov 2017 | Johann Jacobs Museum

Artist Denise Bertschi took two extensive trips to Northeastern Brazil. In preparation for the Coffee from Helvécia exhibition, she explored the question as to what the Swiss presence on Brazilian coffee plantations was all about and how the situation in Helvécia looks today.

Our discussion delves into Bertschi’s travel experiences and sheds light on the artistic realization of a colonial history that is essentially full of holes – not unlike the St. Gallen embroidery Bertschi uses as an artistic medium.