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Elke Marhöfer

Elke Marhöfer
Elke Marhöfer
Valand School of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg

Via the potentialities of moving image and suppositious writing I work with notions of heterogeneous temporalities, radical othering, the ahistorical and disorientations of narratives. Within this compost, I revise notions of animal, vegetal and object relations, often combined with ambiguous elements and awkward durations. Currently, I am speculating how anthropology without the categories of being, without ontological distinction would look like? One question is, if a monistic political ontology would make the distinctions of plants, animals, humans and things redundant, and by eradicating signification enable a responsive, but unnatural participation? Or is it necessary to keep difference? And further, how can the history of a place be related to the history of its inhabitants—human and non-human. The registering camera and the disuniting montage are able to bring forth a structure of double representation which flights symbolic relations as we know them from anthropological films or history lessons. In order to articulate what Walter Benjamin called a nonteleological critique of modernist progress one needs to open up to diverse histories and to explore each singularities’s properties. Projects have received fellowships, grants, and generous support from IASPIS Residency (Sweden), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), Whitney Independent Study Program (US), Cité des Art International Paris (France). Art exhibitions include the FCAC Shanghai (China), Houston Museum of Fine Arts (US), Röda Sten Gothenburg (Sweden), Guangzhou Triennial (China) and in Germany the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Halle 14 Leipzig, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen.

* born 1967 in Baracoa, studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City.

Elke Marhöfer defended her project Ecologies of Practices and Thinking 17 December 2015, and the documentation can be found at GUPEA.


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