Marte Kiessling

Marte Kiessling works in a variety of media. With a conceptual approach, she reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question whether anecdotes ‘fictionalise’ history.

Her artworks directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from her personal point of view as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. She makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of our daily lives.

Kiessling’s works are an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopaedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and local myths and legends. By using an ever-growing archive of her own personal belongings to create autonomous artworks, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way.

Additionally to her “solo”-work, she work with the international artist group “Global Alien”, as well as in collaborations with fellow artists and curators in order to organize shows and projects.

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Berlin, 2014, 4min 55sec, HDV
The work narrates decisions that my great-grandmother made during her life. These decisions influenced the future and the destiny of my whole family, up to the current work and social status of me as an artist nowadays.
The images are taken from my personal archive and the internet.