Cleaning Her. 

public performance series & video installation / 120 & 8 min each / 2018 & 2021
merchant city, glasgow, UK & st gallen, CH

You will need:

A tin bucket

Filled with clean water

A bright neon cloth

Your work uniform

Go and clean public art

made by female artists.



Martina cleaned five sculptures made by female artists in and around Merchant City Glasgow referencing the laborious history of the area. The sculptural object was only treated with water, first brushed off and, depending on the surface, also polished, both with a cloth. The movements followed the surface as an act of care. 


Liz Peden - Gorbals Boys (Cumberland Street)

Jacqueline Donachie - Slow Down (Grendyke Street)

Margaret Findlay & Edith Burnet Hughes - Mercat Cross (Trongate, Gallowgate)

Shona Kilnoch - Thinking of Bella (Italian Centre)

Louise Crawford & Ian Alexander - Dug-out Canoe Found AD 1871 (Tontine Lane)


photography by Wassili Widmer

text by Isabelle Thul:


The seven-part video work focuses on art in public space and the gesture of cleaning and care focusing on works by international and regional artists in the city of St.Gallen. Martina Morger thus generates attention and initiates the discourse on public commissions and demands in the art context. In addition, she questions the handling of artworks and how they are made visible.

7 Videos, 4K-Video, 19:10, 7 Hantarex, each 7 min

camera, cut & sound by Lukas Zerbst

Adelaide Pandiani Maraini - Sappho, 1895

Elisabeth Nembrini - Ohne Titel 2013

Eva Lips - Der etwas andere städtische Schulweg, 1995

Jessica Stockholder - Sign Waving Blush, 2002

Maria Eichhorn - Zeitkapsel im Wasserfall der Steinach, 2012

Marie-Cécile Boog - Brunnen Singenberg, 1991

Monika Ebner - Wassergarten, 1998

Pipilotti Rist & Carlos Martinez - stadtlounge, 2005

Cleaning Sappho - video by Lukas Zerbst:

Text by Roman Hertler:

26th February 2022 - 2pm: In the context of her solo show Lèche Vitrines at Kunstmuseum St Gallen there is a guided city walk open for everyone to attend. Together with director Roland Wäspe und curator Nadia Veronese five out of the eight art works from Cleaning Her will be visited. After some warm beverages back at the museum, a discussion about public art in St Gallen together with Kristin Schmidt will be hosted: