Ramaya Tegegne: That you can’t fight City Hall is a rumor being spread by City Hall

September 24–October 27, 2019


Opening: September 24, 6—9pm

Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 is pleased to present That you can’t fight City Hall is a rumor being spread by City Hall, the first institutional solo exhibition of Geneva-based artist Ramaya Tegegne in the United States. Borrowing its title from the American poet, essayist, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde, this exhibition is an attempt to reconstruct the public art space as a space of dissident voices, where rules can be designed and followed collectively.

By quoting, borrowing, and reworking the practices of other artists, Tegegne’s installations, videos, performances, and publications confront the established narratives of art history to reflect on the various social, historical, and economic contexts that make and unmake it. Interested specifically in the often unseen power relations that constitute the structural field of art, Tegegne’s works test out new ways of collectively thinking through the dynamics of trust, intimacy, and sharing as resistance.


Ramaya Tegegne (Switzerland) has presented solo exhibitions at Kevin Space, Vienna (2019); VIS, Hamburg (2018); Park View / Paul Soto, Brussels (2018); Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich (2018); First Continent, Baltimore (2017); Fri Art Kunsthalle Fribourg (2015); and Marbriers 4, Geneva (2014). Her performances have been presented at Kunsthalle Basel (2018), Kunsthalle Bern (2017), and the Swiss Institute, New York (2016) amongst others. She is co-founder of the bookshop La Dispersion in Geneva. In 2017, she launched the campaign Wages For Wages Against, for the remuneration of artists in Switzerland and beyond.


October 1, 2019, 6.30 pm


Introductory Workshop to Coop Fund with Coop Fund Members

Emma Hedditch & Ramaya Tegegne


Coop Fund is an experimental cooperative funding platform that accumulates financial resources through member contributions, and redistributes small funds to members using a cooperative decision-making process. www.coopfund.info

This event is presented as part of Wages For Wages Against, a campaign which takes a position toward working conditions in the field of art, launched by Tegegne in 2017. www.wfwa.ch