TWISTED SISTERS: Reimaging Urban Portraiture


October 16, 2013 –  Extended to January 31, 2014
San Francisco City Hall
Ground Floor Exhibition
North Light Court Banners
40 Downtown Kiosk Posters

Opening Reception:

Wednesday October 16, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Free and open to the public.
San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, 94102
Remarks at 6:30pm in the North Light Court

This special event is co-hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland, The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Protocol, the Zürich Sister City Committee and the SFAC Galleries Advisory Board.

Featured Artists:
San Francisco:
Tammy Rae CarlandJohn ChiaraPablo GuardiolaSanaz MazinaniLindsey White

Bianca BrunnerDominic Hodel, Georg GatsasThomas JulierMarianne MüllerCat Tuong NguyenThomas Sauter,  Rico Scagliola & Michael MeierVeronika Spierenburg

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries has teamed up with the City of Zürich to present a dynamic, multifaceted, travelling exhibition project celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Sister City relationship. SFAC Galleries piloted the biennial Sister City Exchange in 2011 with Sydney, AU, and has greatly expanded the scope of this important cultural exchange project with the Zürich collaboration. In addition to a central exhibition featuring artwork by emerging and mid-career photographers from SF and Zürich, there will be downtown kiosk posters, educational programs and public events that accompany the exhibition in each city.

TWISTED SISTERS is co-curated by SFAC Galleries Director, Meg Shiffler and Zürich-based independent curator Alexandra Blättler. They asked conceptual photographers from each city to create new and unexpected urban portraits. The resulting 80+ images challenge and occasionally subvert stereotypes associated with these two great metropolises through narratives and landscapes that strip away, twist, or dig under the picture-perfect postcard and expose the nasty histories, private lives, hidden views and constructed alter-realities.

Artist and Curator Panel Discussion:

Thursday October 17, 6:30 – 8pm.
Free and open to the public.SF Camerawork,
1011 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join us for a lively discussion about photography, urban life and cultural exchange. Swiss artists Dominik Hodel, Cat Tuong Nguyen, Marianne Mueller and exhibition curator Alexandra Blättler will be joined by a selection of participating Bay Area artists and SFAC Galleries Director, Meg Shiffler.



TWISTED SISTER was previously exhibited at the Museum Bärengass in Zürich from July 4, 2013 – September 7, 2013.

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