Donatella Bernardi, From Abdizuel to Zymeloz, 2018. Installation view at Corner College, Zurich, April 2018. Photo: code flow

From Abdizuel to Zymeloz

2017. Installation. 410 angel names digitally embroidered onto 410 different pieces of fabric

Based on a list of the names of angels compiled by Umberto Eco, From Abdizuel to Zymeloz is an installation made of four hundred and ten pieces of fabric ranging from white to black and passing through the entire color spectrum. Each piece is embroidered with an angel’s name. Four hundred and ten samples of what things could be like – hue, texture, printed pattern or monochrome surface, opaque or transparent, smooth or striated. When a child is named, two lists are traditionally composed before the birth. Here there is only one.


Donatella Bernardi (Geneva, 1976) is a multidisciplinary artist working with installations, publications, films, essays and exhibition curatorship. In 2015, she was a guest curator at the Kunsthalle in Bern, an experience followed by the publication of Into Your Solar Plexus (Humboldt Books, 2016). In 2017, she exhibited a new body of works, The Belly of the Phoenix, at Last Tango, Zurich, curated by Linda Jensen and Arianna Fellini. From August 2017 until January 2018, she is in Zug, as Landis & Gyr artist in residency. Since January 2017, she is the Head of the MA Fine Arts at ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts and was professor at the Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Konsthögskolan) in Stockholm (2010-2016).