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Michal Rovner Print Sale & Gallery Talk to Benefit UNHCR

Thursday, Apr 28
6 – 8 PM CET

Event Details:

Michal Rovner in Conversation with Cristina Davies
Thursday, Apr 28
6 – 8 PM CET
Quai des Bergues 15-17, 1201

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Join Pace Gallery in Geneva for a fundraising cocktail hour benefitting UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, featuring artist Michal Rovner in conversation with Cristina Davies.

Rovner will be donating edition prints in support of UNHCR, which works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.

Print Editions

Michal Rovner often meditates on histories of displacement and notions of identity in her practice, which spans drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video. Two prints by the artist, editions of which will be sold in Pace’s Geneva gallery with proceeds donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, examine experiences of migration. Imbued with ambiguity, these politically and socially engaged works eschew references to a specific time or location, reflecting the universal and collective nature of historical memory.

Michal Rovner, Untitled, 2019, archival pigment print, 48.3 cm × 32.9 cm (19" × 12-15/16")

Featuring two images of classical statues at its center, this 2019 archival pigment print by Rovner incorporates abstract and figurative elements. Set against an intensely red, nonspecific landscape, the central sculptures face one another, lending the work a sense of balance and symmetry. These figures tower over and are partly reflected in a hazy scene below, where zig-zagging lines of silhouettes move through a vast, unknown space. Dynamic and rhythmic, this work exemplifies Rovner’s ability to reflect on pressing and current issues while maintaining otherworldliness and mystery in her compositions.

Michal Rovner, Untitled, 2019, archival pigment print, 48.3 cm × 32.9 cm (19" × 12-15/16")

This archival pigment print created by Rovner in 2019 reflects the artist’s longstanding investigations of identity, place, and memory. Depicting images of a large-scale figurative sculpture and ornate architecture overlaid with a mesmeric, abstracted landscape, the work explores issues of displacement. The lower third of the artwork features straight and intersecting lines of migrating, anonymous figures represented as silhouettes. Speaking to the universality of the human condition, the work addresses the ongoing global refugee crisis without allusions to a specific time or a single place.

About the Speakers


Michal Rovner

Michal Rovner’s work shifts between the poetic and the political to explore questions of nature, identity, dislocation, and the fragility of human existence. By recording and erasing visual information, where specifics of time and place are obscured, her works become gestural, layered, and abstract reflections on the continuum of human experience.

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Cristina Davies

Cristina Davies is the Executive Director of Switzerland for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's national partner in Switzerland.

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The UN Refugee Agency is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.

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