curatorial practice

Curatorial practice |  projects  | selection:


  • 13. PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON. Performance Art Festival in a public space. Oerliker Park, Zurich/ CH

“Hybrid Forms – Hybrid Practices in Performance Art” –  curated by Verica Kovacevska and Maricruz Peñaloza. With Visible / Invisible, performance by Ana Lazarevska; 30 Ways of showing – Researching pointing out, live performance by Natasha Nedelkova; Late to the Party: Macedonian Performance on Video since the 1990s, talk and video programme curated by Jonathan Blackwood; Round table discussion with Jonathan Blackwood, Natasha Nedelkova, Ana Lazarevska, led by Verica Kovacevska and Maricruz Peñaloza. This the first presentation of contemporary Macedonian art in a major Swiss museum, as well as in Switzerland in general. It is supported by the Südkulturfonds and the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. 

“Performative artistic action as a place of encounter and confrontation”. Performance video programme with artists from Zurich and Glarus. Curated by Julia Wolf and Maricruz Peñaloza

“Parla Palma: an exchange with artists from Ticino”. A Performative talk with Yara Li Mennel, Natalie Peters, Anna Rigamonti.  Morphing The Roma Label – Das Buch im Raum” –  Live performance and  launch of the publication with Q & A. With Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (Mo Diener, RR Marki) and Esther Maria Häusler, Muhi Tahiri.


  • Co-coordination and curation of the performances in public space at the 20th edition of ACT – Festival of Swiss Universities, for F+F Schule für Kunst und Design Zurich. Biel. Various locations.


  • 12. PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON. Oerliker Park, Zurich/ CH
  • 3. Performance Open-Air St.Gallen. Stadtpark- Frauenpavillon, St. Gallen/ CH


  • 11. PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON. Oerliker Park, Zurich/ CH
  • Reminiscences – Leftovers – Artifacts – Remains. Objects of the  PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON 2010-2019. Material Raum für Buchkultur, Zurich/CH 


  • 2. Performance-Open-Air St. Gallen | Stadtpark – Frauenpavillon, St. Gallen (CH)
  • EXTRA! Festival Internacional de Performance. Encuentro Binacional Mexico/Suiza.Ex Teresa Arte Actual / Artspace México- Mexico City (MX). With the kindly support from ProHelvetia.


  • Performance-Open-Air St. Stadtpark | Frauenpavillon, St. Gallen (CH)
  • Performances at VOLUMES Independent Art Publishing Fair. Kunsthalle, Zurich (CH)


  • Switzerland – invited country. Kurator. Accion!MAD17-XIV Encuentro de ArteAcción. Naves Matadero. Artistic Director Nieves Correa. Madrid (ES)
  • LEGS. Ausstellungsraum Klingental. Together with Olivia Wiederkehr. Basel. (CH)
  • 1. Performance Reihe St. Gallen. MoE. Museum of Emptiness. St. Gallen (CH)


  • Remo Fella.  «vom designobjekt zum kulturgut» Photography exhibition. magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH
  • Luis Lumbreras.  «ex-presion». Photography exhibition. magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH


  • Vera Malamud. «Lieblings Luftschlösser». Drawing exhibition.  magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH
  • Christoph Hauri. «Monotypien und Zoologische Matrizen». Drawing and books exhibition. magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH


  • PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON. – until now. Oerlikerpark. Zurich/CH
  • Pascal Lampert. Video-installations. Performance. «In Örlikon gits öpis». magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH
  • Aida Schläpfer. Video and short films. Artist talk. magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH
  • Did Schaffer/Saskia Lampert. «Entre Deux», Dance.  magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH


  • Mariann Landolt. Künstlerin. «gefunden. found». Art book. Photography exhibition. magic box twice is nice. Exhibition space/ concept Store. Zurich/CH


  • «Technologie & Körper im 21. Jahrhundert » Technology & body in the 21th century. 3 days symposium. Project idea on the occasion of the the jubilee of the  Kanton St. Gallen. In collaboration with René Stettler (Lucern). The project came in to the second round.


  • Chroma Festival Internacional de Video. Curator «Swiss Window». Guadalajara, Mexiko.


  • Co-founder of  K4 Plattform for Performance Art, Zurich | Plattform for well-known and unknown performance artists from Switzerland.  Organisation and Research.

1997 –  2000

  • Co-organizator of different exhbitions. Among others «Video unter Grund» in Escher Wyss-Platz. Performance Events, Rote Fabrik,  Zurich (CH)


  • «México en Suiza» Photography and paintings, Mexican artists. Curator-Organiser. Waaghaus. St. Gallen (CH)

Talks / Lectures / Selection


  •  PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON -a decade of performances in public space-. Book presentation and discussion with Linda Cassens Stoian, Daniel Morgenthaler and Maricruz Peñaloza. Helmhaus, Zurich (CH)
  • Simposium Internacional y Virtual de Gestion Cultural. Provocando bienestar social. Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, Mexico City (MX)


  • ‘De ida y vuelta: de Performance Extra a Performance Reihe Neu-Oerlikon’. Artspace Galerie. Mexico City (MX)


  • Artist Talk with Eduardo Briones.  Lumen Consultores. Chiapas (MX)
  • Srinagar Biennale. Cultural Hues. Ausstellungsraum Klingental. Basel (CH)


  • «Bosquejos de la performance en Helvetia» . Acción!MAD17- XIV Encuentro Internacional de Arte de Acción.  With the participation of: Gisela Hochuli, Klara Schilliger, Adela Picon and Valerian Maly.  Naves Matadero, Madrid (ES)


  • Presentation and panel discussion about PERFORMANCE REIHE NEU-OERLIKON Festival as part of “Cuerpo a Cuerpo”.  4to. Encuentro de Performance, música video. Centro de Arte La Regenta. Gran Canaria (ES)

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