Lena Maria Thuering
In my work I approach the personal histories of individuals or groups and their environment using various media, such as photography, video or installation.
Reflections on social systems and their construction within an assigned space play an important part in my work, as well the combination of memory, history and space.
In the film piece "The House" (2008), half a century of a family's history is projected on the empty walls of a detached house: the camera runs through the building while a narrator's voice tells the past. The film "Big Brother, Brother, Sister, Little Sister" (2009) focuses on the process of recollection by retelling a family saga. The social roles of man and woman as father and mother are as central to the film as the children's roles: all are shaped by social expectations, feelings of responsibility, dependence and gender specific behaviour.
Lena Maria Thuering is a swiss artist, based in Zurich Switzerland, but is currently artist in Residence in New York.
She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She has exhibited work at venues as Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne (2007), Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (2008), Kunsthalle Basel (2008), Kunsthaus Baselland (2009), Kunstmuseum Bern (2010) and had screenings at the Jeu de Paume in Paris (2009) and the Reina Sofia National Museum Madrid in Spain (2010). She received several awards including Swiss Art Award (2008), Grant from Canton Zurich, (2008), Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation Award (2009), BLKB-Art Prize Baselland (2009), Grant from Canton Zurich (2009) and 6 month artist residencies in Paris (2009) and New York (2010).
link to THE HOUSE | DAS HAUS (2008)