Ramaya Tegegne’s installations, videos, performances and publications interrogate the established narratives of art history by reflecting on the various social, historical and economic contexts that make and unmake this history. Tegegne uses the concept of ‘gossip’ – not simply as a means of communication but as a speculative mode of thought and a productive force – to create new ways of collectively thinking through the dynamics of trust, intimacy and sharing. By quoting, borrowing and reworking the practices of other artists, she reconstructs lives, stories and anecdotes that reveal the structural bias of certain art historical chronologies.
During her residency at Gasworks, Tegegne took as her starting point SoHo So Long, the 1996 exhibition and accompanying publication by Art Club 2000 that gathered interviews with critics, curators and dealers on the mass migration of New York galleries from SoHo to Chelsea. The project focused on discussions about the transformations of these neighbourhoods, considering their relevance to current debates around gentrification.
Ramaya arranged meetings and interviews with a number of London-based artists and curators, and travelled to Edinburgh to take part in a performance programme at EMBASSY Gallery. She also continued to work on her curatorial projects for Forde Gallery in Geneva, where she is currently taking part in the two year curatorial program with Maud Constantin and Tatiana Rihs.
Ramaya Tegegne lives and works in Geneva. Recent solo exhibitions include Somebody in New York Loves Me, Fri Art, Fribourg; that someone else has underlined?, Twenty Years, Berlin (both 2015); Respektive, Marbriers 4, Genève; and Refresh, Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne (both 2014). Recent group exhibitions include Stipendium Vordemberge-Gildewart, CentrePasquArt, Bienne; G.I.F.T., Der TANK, Basel (both 2015); and New Heads Art Awards, Live In Your Head, Genève (2014).
Ramaya Tegegne’s residency was supported by Pro Helvetia, and she was hosted in the Juan Yarur Torres Residency Studio.