Drawing is the fundamental media for the artist Zilla Leutenegger (b. 1968 in Zurich). Digitally reworked videos are projected on wall drawings and / or objects, and the interaction results in poetically tempered, three - dimensional installations.
“Fairlady Z” is the designation for a Japanese sports car made by Datsun that — like the artist — has its origins in the 1960s. Aside from their age, they also both have the letter Z in common, occasioning “Fairlady Z” to become the artist’s mascot and ultimately the title of the exhibition and the accompanying monograph. Like the artist herself, the letter Z frequently appears as a symbol and a sign in her works. Zilla Leutenegger further explores the question concerning the power of memory inherent in articles of clothing; memories of important and less important moments in life, for example the jeans she was wearing when in New York on September 11, 2001. This artist lives and works in Zurich.
The exhibition was curated by Anna Wesle in collaboration with the artist.
“Fairlady Z”, a monograph, is published by the Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, parallel to Zilla Leutenegger’s exhibitions at the Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, and the Museum Franz Gertsch.