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Maya Schweizer

I, an archeologist

Documentaire expérimental | hdv | couleur | 20:0 | France | 2014

A young archaeologist working as a tourist guide is in a dark space with her light operator and an imaginary group. She would like to rehearse her tour in the Jewish catacombs of Rome. The scene becomes a monologue of the young woman, in which she mingles fragments of the history of the Jewish catacombs with thoughts on her appearance and instructions to the lighting engineer. The narration hovers between a stage play and the real historical site.

MAYA SCHWEIZER Born in 1976 in Maisons-Alfort/ France the artist lives and works in Berlin. She has studied Fine Arts and Arts History at the University in Aix-en-Provence, at the Hochschule für Grafik undBuchkunst in Leipzig and at the University of Arts Berlin with Lother Baumgarten. Her works are based on documentary materials which she weaves into (hi)stories by means of excerpts, images, sound samples and texts. She has been part of residency programs as KAIR- Kosice by the Robert-Bosch-Foundation, the Künstlerinnenprogramm Senat Berlin, the residency program of the Goethe-Institute in Villa Aurora Los Angeles. Her works have been internationally shown in solo exhibitions as very recently, DIE MINIATUREN AUS RAVENSBRÜCK UND DER STERBENDE SOLDAT VON LES MILLES, (2014) together with Antje Majewski at after the butcher, Berlin. EDITH SEESHOW´S NOTES, (2013) at the Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany, IT’S NOT ABOUT NOTHING (2012) at the gallery Katharina Bittel in Hamburg, METROPOLIS, REPORT FROM CHINA (2011) at Frankfurter Kunstverein and THE SAME STORY ELSEWHERE   (2010) at  Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster. Also she contributed to group shows as GESTERN DIE STADT VON MORGEN (2014), Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, REDUX, (2014) at the Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, VOT KEN YOU MACH ! (2013) at Kunsthaus Dresden, DIE STADT, DIE ES NICHT GIBT, at the Ludwig Forum Aachen
AI WEI WEI IS IN CHINA at Fichtebunker, Berlin, TRANSATLANTISCHE IMPULSE at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, NEL PALAZZO DI CRISTALLO in CA`ASI/ Venezia, HERE AND THERE Wallace Gallery New York, and URBAN STORIES at The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, CAC, Vilnius in Lituania.