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Maria Meinild

Born: 1984
Nationality: Danish
Based in: Denmark
Media: Multimedia / Video, Sculpture / Installation
Content: Conceptual, Gender

Website: http://www.mariameinild.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maria.meinild

I am a Swedish/Danish artist based in Copenhagen, I primarily work in video but my projects extend into photography, collage and installation. I hold an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where I graduated in 2012, I also studied at Akademie der bildende Künste in Vienna.

In my practice the staging of life, behavioral patterns and the scripts that seem embedded in our notion of normality are combined with a strong interest in theatre and film methodologies. Many of my works investigates the relationship between the personal and public space, as well as the relationship between the authentic and the staged.

Social codes, desire and identity are often the point of departure in my videos and installations. I am interested in how language and narrative structures from film and pop culture influence our personal biography and the unspoken common expectations and codes that lay the foundation of our private and social interaction and identity. Aside from the pop culture references, my work also borrows structures from the theatre, such as the commenting chorus from the Greek tragedy and Bertolt Brecht's idea of disrupting the illusion and revealing the fiction as fiction.

Short texts about uploaded works.

goodbye old rug (2015)
The video shows a group of people attending a laughter group - laughing for no apparent reason. Awkward bodies perform a disorderly choreography, accompanied by a digital, mechanical voiceover imitating the human voice. In disconnected fragments from method-acting exercises and Beckett-inspired lines, emptiness and the absence of rational meaning emerges and is reflected in the semi-therapeutic exercise “imagine yourself as a physical object”.

V.O. (2014)
In the video work V.O. an omnipresent voiceover seems to probe at the foundations of human life, playing out a stumbling dialogue between two characters. The actors wearing ill-fitting wigs interchange scraps of quotation on the hurried backdrop of what looks to be newly unpacked bed sheets. Reality appears both interchangeably generic as well as too brightly lit, in this way balancing between the synthetic and quotidian. We see too much. But it is perhaps precisely on an artificial background that basic human vulnerability shines through all the more clearly.

Curtain (2012)
Through a continuous loop of repetitions and variations Curtain investigates the constant restaging and confirming of certain gestures we perform to maintain a notion of whom we are. A broad fabric of film and theatre reference form a unique tapestry as the work enters a dialogue with its own conditions and simultaneously explores which relations are produced in and outside this controlled framework.

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goodbye old rug (2015) HD Video 5 min loop. Video still

V.O. (2014) exhibition view from New Jörg, Vienna (solo)

V.O. (2014) exhibition view from New Jörg, Vienna (solo)

V.O. (2014) exhibition view from Gallery Fauna, Copenhagen (solo)

V.O. (2014) exhibition view from Gallery Fauna, Copenhagen (solo)

V.O. (2014) exhibition view from Gallery Fauna, Copenhagen (solo)

Curtain (2012) exhibition view from "Words as doors", Künstlerhaus KM, Graz

Curtain (2012) exhibition view from "Words as doors", Künstlerhaus KM, Graz