Elza Sile – Geneva SET

15.10 – 15.11.2020

Elza Sile holds a Master of Fine Arts from the ZHdK, Zurich (2019, with distinction). From 2014–2015 she resided in Norway, where she took part in in study trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, Teshima, Los Angeles and New York with The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Taking an interest in psycho-spatial typologies, she is working on an organisational system that she calls SETS. Her current focus is to merge the ideas of the extruded image and the territorial perception of painting, and to develop it on classic, vertical surfaces. At other times she constructs human-scale installations, builds models from painting materials, writes fictional dialogues, which she calls CASES. She also translates her vocabulary onto stickers and tattoos and collaborates on CG renderings. Since 2019 she has worked at {F_x Office} together with Ilona Isabel Stutz. She has been nominated for the Shizuko Yoshikawa Award 2020.

For her installation at TOPIC in Geneva, Elza Sile finds inspiration in the landscape of the surrounding urban area and the building where TOPIC is housed, including both its volumes and materials: from the concrete to the transparent, from white walls to a ceiling made out of wood slats and a window made entirely of glass opening onto the street. Elza Sile uses her favourite material to realise a site-specific installation: industrially produced aluminium plates, SAGEX filler material for packaging, coloured paint out-of-the-tube, 3D-printed visualisations, etc. Elza Sile will realise a unique specific installation for the first exhibition project in the programme “Hyperlocal: new territories” 2020/21. The work is an initial territorial imprint, poetically formalised through the language of art.

Elza Sile was born in 1989 in Riga, Latvia. She lives and works in Zurich.

With the support of fplce, Loterie Romande and Pro Helvetia


The day before Elza Sile’s opening at TOPIC, the UCHIGAWA (Inside) exhibition from the OPO/DPD (Œil pour Œil / Dent pour Dent) collective will open at 105, Boulevard La Cluse, Home of TMF, The Montesinos Foundation aka The Total Madness Fortress, on Wednesday 14 October. There Elza Sile will exhibit a model, displayed in a glass box inhabited by cockroaches.