Overview

Maria Miesenberger is one of the most acclaimed artists in Sweden. She had her breakthrough in the 1990s with her iconic photographic series Sverige/Schweden. Her suggestive black and white images with their conspicuous black silhouettes are forever inscribed in Swedish photographic history. Since then, Miesenberger ́s work has shown great material diversity and technical curiosity. Her sculptural materials range from textile, aluminum, bronze and stainless steel to ceramic granite. In addition to these materials, she experiments with glass moldings, resulting in almost holographic sculptures. By combining the figurative and the abstract, Miesenberger wants to illuminate the inseparable relationship between physical and mental.

Miesenberger’s imagery exists on many different levels. It spans opposites such as present and past, dark and light, the individual and the collective, joy and sorrow. The artist is not interested in telling her own story. Instead, she throws the question back on the viewer, asking what is your history, what is your story, your experience? Her art is imbued with a strong vein of curiosity paired with a large portion of humility. Taking the self and the individual as her starting point, she is able to pose highly and constantly relevant questions about what it actually means to be human.

Exhibitions
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