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01.01. – 31.01.2020

Maya Schweizer: L’Étoile de Mer

HMKV Video of the Month



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In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents current video works by international artists for the duration of one month each – selected by Inke Arns.

Maya Schweizer
L’Étoile de Mer
HD Video, English, French and German, color, sound, 11:00 Min., 2019

„C'est une étoile qui tombe dans la Mer Méditerranée.“ - (It's a star that falls in the Mediterranean Sea) tells Man Ray’s film synopsis of L'Étoile de Mer (The Starfish) made in 1928.

L´Étoile de Mer* by Maya Schweizer is an experimental navigation in the Mediterranean Sea, mingling underwater shots, silent movies, author’s own video archive and underwater shots, faded-in texts and a sound collage. This image and sound essay is about forgetting and the sea as a point of reference and reflection. The sea is a flowing immaterial space and thus seems conducive to forgetting.

* Produced by and exhibited at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, 2019, screened at the German and International competition of the 65th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2019, awarded with the e-flux prize, Oberhausen 2019
Maya Schweizer, *1976 in Maisons-Alfort, FR, lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin, Germany. 1995-1998 art and art history, diploma at the Université d´Aix-en-Provence, FR, 2002 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig, 2003-2005 diploma at the Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin with Lothar Baumgarten, 2005-2007 master student at the Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin. Solo shows a.o. Kunstverein Leipzig (2017-2018), Drawing Room, Hamburg (2017-2018), After the Butcher, Berlin (2014), Kunstverein Langenhagen (2013). Recent group shows a.o. "Vergessen – Warum wir uns nicht an alles erinnern", Historisches Museum Frankfurt (2019), „Occupation“, Motorenhalle Dresden (2017)

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