Radical Sources at KRONE COURONNE

Artists: Claire Fontaine, Dorota Gawęda & Egle Kulbokaite, Laurent Güdel, Jeanne Jacob, Hunter Longe, Lou Masduraud, Sadie Plant, Augustin Rebetez, Jan van Oordt

Exhibition title: Radical Sources

Venue: KRONE COURONNE, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Date: September 2 – October 8, 2022

Photography: © Michal Florence Schorro/ all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and KRONE COURONNE, Biel/Bienne

With a text by Antoine Rubin
In collaboration with La Dépendance, St-Imier

There is a stream that follows the Arc of Jura through St-Imier down to the heart of Biel/Bienne, bringing with it the echoes of a politically engaged culture. Bordering France, the Jura region has hosted libertarian spirits and anarchist watchmakers, as well as the first International anti-authoritarian congress in St-Imier 150 years ago. What roots underground to emerge in a desire for greater mutuality? – “Is there something in the waters of the river la Suze, or in the air of St-Imier?” asks author Sadie Plant in a letter exchange with artist Jan van Oordt.

According to French philosopher Catherine Malabou, the question of the political role of art can be traced to the debate between Jean-François Lyotard and Jacques Rancière, who, starting by opposing argumentation, eventually agree that art can be defined as “an anarchist device”.

The collective exhibition RADICAL SOURCES takes its source from the history of anarchism in the Jura region and looks at artist practices that crystallise socio-political issues and reflect upon alternatives to current societal structures.

Proposed by Nicolas Raufaste
23.9 – 8.10.2022 / Vernissage: Fr, 23.9.22, 18:00 Magali Dougoud, Ariane Loze, Erika Nieva da Cunha, Joe la Noïze, Florence Jung

In addition to the exhibition, a video programme proposed by Nicolas Raufaste is presented in the attic floor of KRONE COURONNE. A selection of works by five artists gathered around punk attitude, hydrofeminism, injustice, alternative living and self-criticism.


Located in the old town of bilingual city Biel/Bienne, the contemporary art centre KRONE COURONNE was founded in 2021 under the direction of curators Kristina Grigorjeva and Camille Regli to strengthen the visibility of the local art scene while fostering engagement among artists and the cultural practitioners from all corners of Switzerland and beyond.