A catalogue page at random
Browse the Rencontres Internationales catalogue, or search the archives of the works presented since 2004. New video clips are routinely posted and the images and text are regularly updated.
Maya schweizer
Texture of Oblivion
Experimental doc. | hdv | color and b&w | 18'0'' | France / Poland | 2016
The film begins with footage of a city of ruins, when the entire cityscape of Warsaw is covered with stones. It is 1945. Themed around stones as carriers of historical memory, the movie is so closely filmed that the viewer can never see the city`s memorials in their entirety. Special attention, though, is paid to the author of the Umschlagplatz Wall, a monument located in the former Ghetto. Hanna Szmalenberg is explaining the process of realization of the Umschlagplatz as the camera winds through a snow-covered sculpture garden.
Biography Maya Schweizer, born in Paris studied art and art history at the university of Aix-en-Provence (1995-1998). She moved to Germany and studied at the School of Visual Arts in Leipzig (HGB) (1999-2002) and move in Berlin 2003 where she finished her studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) with Professor Lothar Baumgarten and graduated in 2006. She had solo shows in Westfälischen Kunstverein, Muenster (2010), Frankfurter Kunstverein, (2011) with Clemens von Wedemeyer, in the Kunstverein Langenhagen (2013), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2015), at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016). Schweizer was also involved in many international exhibitions, such as “Of Mice and Men,” Berlin Biennale (2006), “Storylines,” Kunstraum Munich, (2006), “Um-Kehrungen, Interaktion I - Speaker’s Corner,” Kunstverein Braunschweig (2007), “Magellaneous Cloud,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007), “Urban Stories,” The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, CAC Vilnius (2009), “Auto-Kino!,” Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2010), “Ambigous Being,” exhibitions in Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Taipei, tamtamART, Berlin / Kav16 Community Gallery, Tel Aviv / Hong Gah Museum, Taipei (2012), “Die Stadt, die es nicht gibt,” Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2012), “Vot ken you mach!,” Kunsthaus Dresden (2013), efa (Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA (2013). At “Villa Romana 1905–2013 Das Künstlerhaus in Florenz,” Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, (2013), “Gestern die Stadt von Morgen,” Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, (2014),. “Sammlungsalphabet,” Sammlungsausstellung, Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK), Leipzig (2014), and the forthcoming “Im inneren der Stadt. öffentlicher Raum und Frei-Raum,” Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst (GAK), Bremen, (2015). At the Museum MWW – Muzeum Współczesne, Wrocław, Poland, (2015), Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, (2016), in VOX, Montreal (2016), and at POLIN Museum, Warsaw (2016). She has received numerous prizes and awards including the German Prize at Oberhausen Film Festival (2006), a grant from the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles (2008), and the Toni and Albert Kumm prize (2009). She participated in the following residencies: Art Center 3bis F Aix-en-Provence Grant Residency Program, France (2010), KAIR - Košice Artist Residency, project of the Robert-Bosch-Foundation and Goethe Institute for the Cultural Capital Košice (2013), Slovakia, (2011), ifa, (institute für Auslandsbeziehungen) exhibition support, TCG Nordica, Kunming, China, and LA NON-MAISON, Aix-en-Provence, France, where she realized her film, “Der sterbende Soldat von Les Milles,” (2014) and recently she received the catalog grant from KdFS, Dresden (2015). She was invited Research grant from Goethe Institute Neapels and the Fundazione Morra-Museo Nitsch, Neapel, Italy (2016) and to a Residency at the Watchtower, Flutgraben, Berlin (2016).