• Valeria Caflisch

    After finishing high school in Switzerland I moved to Sicily, Italy, where I worked in display windows, while studying sculpture at the Fine Art Academy. I then moved around working in wall conservation of medieval churches and studying cultures in Indonesia, Berlin and the United States.
    Having grown between three different cultures made my transcultural experiences become my "fil rouge" for my interest in anthropology, ethnology and the idea of the "Other".
    From 2010-2013 I studied painting at the Corcoran College in Washington and started to exhibit. My work questions social constructs and ways of perception in diverse society. Interested since my youth in the idea of social sculpture and the Erweiterte Kunstbegriff, I studied social pedagogy and social culture in Bern, discovering social philosophy and in particular deconstructionist theories. I then started participative projects with intergenerational groups "GiM" and with focus on the perception of art by Alzheimer "TimSlips".
    Actually I'm interested in Ping-Pong Art, an art which builds up (or tares down) from participation and interaction between the artist and it's environment. It's built on improvisation, and changes through interaction, it involves the Other as an actif part of the art event or art piece:
    The Pompon project, Resilience, Sant'Agata at the fishmarket, Give me your breast!

    Since 2013 I am member of Visarte Swiss, where I'm on the board of the admission committee. In 2016 I co-organised the event of the 150 years of Visarte Fribourg. Since 2019 together with Atelier à la X and artist colleagues, Klakla Wojtek and Isabelle Pilloud, we started the cultural association KIV. The association organises monthly "Flash Expos" and "Werkgespräche" with invited artists to fill the gap between artists and their public.

  • Paradox and deconstruction

    Je travaille sur l’incertitude du sens. Avec un intérêt constant, comme dirait Derrida, aux « cadres » ou au « marges » des choses. Le paradoxe et la déconstruction sont pour moi mouvement même de l’attention à l’autrui.

    September 2017

  • Exhibitions

    Museum Murten Exchange project terra-terre between Fribourg and Catania (Italy) with participation of 9 artists, 2 curators. Organized and coordinated by V.Caflisch

    Musée d'art et d'histoire Fribourg MEMOIRES VIVES Création contemporaine et patrimoine Fribourg "GIB MIR DEINE BRUST!"

    Congrès TRANS (20ème journée ASSA) Genève "TRANS-FORMATION" performance
    Musée d'art et d'histoire Fribourg LE CAFE: une soif de société "CARTE BLANCHE" pour l'Atelier à la X
    Senslermuseum, Tafers "LARVAE SESAMENSIS"
    Pescheria di Catania Italy, "W S.AGATA!"

    Le Tunnel, Fribourg EXPO HOSTIES aux tunnel "ETRE"
    Eglise des Capucins, EXPO LES MINIMES
    Ancienne Gare, Fribourg REFUGE
    DarBellage, Marakech,Marocco "POMPON PROJECT"

    Fribourg,150 ANS VISARTE Place George-Python "INCLUSION"
    Salon des femmes Forum Bulle "VALERIA ET MARCELLA"

    Blue Factory Fribourg ART POSITION

    Musée du Papier Peint Mézière VIS-A-VIS VISARTE

    Circle Gallery Annapolis EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
    Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Washington DC
    Gallery102 George Washington University, DC, SANDY

    Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC, WHITE HALL
    Hillyer's Nin9 Gallery, Washington DC, PERSONAL SHOW
    Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC, GALLERY 31
    Artomatic Cristal City, Virginia
    Batista Fine Art Washington DC

    Corcoran College of Art and Design,Washington DC, WHITE HALL,
    Stanford-Bing Gallery, Washington DC

  • Workexperience

    2016- Atelier à la X, Fribourg, Werkgespräche with invited artists
    2016- Sesam School, St Wolfgang, Teaching Artist
    2013- Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Fribourg, Teaching Artist
    2013-17 BFH Bern, Socialstudies and work at Espace Femme
    2009-13 Corcoran College of Art and Design, Painting degree
    2009-13 Kreeger Museum Washington DC, Teaching Artist
    2005-09 Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Fribourg, Teaching Artist
    2002-05 Berlin
    1999-02 Indonesian National Museum Jakarta, Teaching Artist
    1995-99 Kunstmuseum Bern, Teaching Artist
    1994-95 Atelier ACR Fribourg, Wallpainting Conservation,
    1990-94 MA Fine Art Accademy, Catania, Italy