Lena Maria Thüring’s work explores individual stories in a reflection on social systems and their underlying constructions using various media, such as photography, performance, video or installation.
The interview forms both the starting point and the staging ground for much of Lena Maria Thüring’s recent filmic work. Her films and videos explore how individuals forge their identities and shield their memories in the shadow of larger group dynamics and the socio-political systems in which they are cast, using personal narrative — its gaps and elisions, its specificity and opacity — to reveal how meaning is constructed, projected, protected, and perhaps deconstructed. Detaching the spoken narrative from the subjects’ bodies and even their voices, Thüring creates a fissure between seeing and hearing, identity and biography. Within this space we can consider the nature of memory, the power of words, and the significance of all that remains unsaid.
Born in Basel 1981, lives and works in Zurich.
Thüring’s work had been shown in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Baselland (2012) and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel 2013 and in groupshows and screenings at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunsthalle Basel, Haus der Kulturen Berlin, the Reina Sofia National Museum Madrid in Spain and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She received several awards including Swiss Art Award (2008), Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation Award (2011), Grant from Zurich City (2012), Manorkunstpreis Basel (2013) and two artist residencies in Paris (2009) and New York (2010).
Thüring is a member of the Fachausschuss Audiovision und Multimedia BS / BL.
2016 / 201611 / Home of the Brave: Archeology of the Moving Image
Lena Maria Thüring at Home of the Brave
Lena Maria Thüring
2016 / 201605 / 201606 / Ausstellung
New Buenos Aires
Anne Brand Galvez, Marie Carangi, Damian Christinger, Jonathas de Andrade, Distruktur (Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn), Luciana Freire D'Anunciação, Mariano Gaich, Oscar Gardea Duarte, Pascal Häusermann, Silvan Kälin, Cristiano Lenhardt, Jso Maeder, Ana Roldán, Dimitrina Sevova, Lena Maria Thüring, WORMS Künstler_innengruppe