The opportunity to propose an immersive installation in the basement of a North Zurich neighbourhood’s industrial building suits Isabelle Cornaro (b. 1974 in France) perfectly. This is because what this French artist is precisely interested in, is addressing notions of uses, values, and perceptions regarding everyday objects and cultural artefacts; regarding how artificial objects are powerful signifiers; regarding how all of us relate to our commodified environment and contemporary fetishes – the ones that proudly populate our living rooms and, totally abandoned, our cellars. After entering the former factory at Luegislandstrasse 105, the visitor has to go downstairs and, at the threshold of the car park door, comes face-to-face with a porthole that provides a view of the cave in which Cornaro has installed one of her signature works: panels of rubber castings featuring moulded industrialised and found objects of use and transaction. Until recently, this room had been neglected – by transforming it into a hidden sanctuary for her work, Cornaro creates an energetic space for meditation and, at the same time, an underground altar for an ambiguous accumulative industrial still life.
 Interestingly enough, this industrial building today hosts two artist-run spaces, Taylor Macklin and Plymouth Rock, confirming the fate of the western world as going from being a place of production to a place of transaction and contemplation. See the pioneering essay by Hito Steyerl on this subject, “Is a Museum a Factory?”, e-flux journal, no. 7, June 2009.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
Opening hours: Mon–Fri: 08:00–17:00, Sat & Sun: 12:00–17:00