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Lena Maria thuering
ZUP, 2011
Video installation | hdv | color | 19'8'' | Switzerland / France | 2011
Lena Maria Thüring is known for her examination of socio-cultural and anthropological topics. The reflection on social systems and their construction by assigning them a specific place, as well as the combination of memory, history and space figure prominently in her work. She often positions those questions based on personal stories of individual people or groups. The video ?ZUP? (2011) is based on the work ?chez eux? that was created in 2007. In the process Lena Maria Thüring had close contacts to hip hoppers from Mulhouse and dealt with their identity formation and the influence music and media play in it. For the current work she renewed her contact with the group. We see adults, adolescents and children. Their clothes take up various fashion styles and combine seemingly unconnected elements like a kaffiyeh with Burberry jackets and baseball caps. In their poses and gestures they demonstrate danger, by which they consciously accommodate a stereotyped public image ? along the lines of ?You think that I am dangerous, so I will show you how dangerous I am?. With their music they find their piece of defiant garden. The video portraits show people who are confronted with violence in different ways, who fight with the discrepancies between their self-perception and the perception of others, who are aware of the incompatibility between individual wishes and collective compulsion.
Lena Maria Thuering is a swiss artist, based in Zurich Switzerland. She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She has exhibited work at venues such as Musée de l?Elysée Lausanne (2007), Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (2008), Kunsthalle Basel (2008), Kunstmuseum Bern (2010), Kunsthaus Baselland (2012) and had screenings at the Jeu de Paume in Paris (2009), the Reina Sofia National Museum Madrid in Spain (2010), at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in Germany (2010), at Video Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, US (2010) and at the Project Circus, Havanna, CUB (2011). She received several awards including Swiss Art Award (2008), Grant from Canton Zurich, (2008, 2009 & 2012), Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation Award (2009 & 2011), BLKB-Art Prize Baselland (2009), the Manor Artprize Basel (2012) and a 6 month artist residency in Paris (2009) and New York (2010).