Maren Strack



About Maren Stracks Performances
Maren Strack studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From the beginning she moved between the disciplines, combined sculpture with dance and used her manual skills as a seamstress and engineer to create wonderfully idiosyncratic settings for her performances. Since then, it has been proving that there is nothing between the outdoor tent and car tires that you cannot put on. In her studio, handmade items of clothing, unique items made of fabric, screws and nails, spikes, runners and stone are created. When the petite performer squeezes into these clothes, the material defines the contours of the choreography, or dismantles them, as in the Ytong performance. Like a wave on a rock, the dancer's beauty is broken by the raw materiality of car tires, metal bars or latex fabric. Who will win remains open. Looking at it is an aesthetic experience.

About Maren Stracks Shop Installations
Something always turns, rises and falls. Small motors in Maren Strack's installations ensure that the material never comes to rest. This prevents your installations from disappearing in the background. They are not mere decor, but rather crowd in and call for the viewer's attention.

(Kerstin Lücker)
Maren Strack received, among other things, the authors' award of the Junge Theater Bremen as well as the special award for the best German dance solo. She was a scholarship holder at the Künstlerinnenhof “Die Höge”, Bassum (2000), at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2001) and the Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop (2005). From 2008 to 2013 she was visiting professor and head of the spatial strategies course at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art.

She has shown her work and performances at the following locations, among others:
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona; Goethe Institute Salvador Bahia, Brazil; Städelmuseum, Frankfurt; City Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria; Academy of Arts, Berlin; Panasonic Center, Tokyo, Japan; Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse; Berlin Festival; In Motion, Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona; Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris; Vooruit, Genth, Belgium; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Goethe Institute Belgrade; Deutsches Museum, Munich; Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; Festival Tanz im August, Berlin; Yamaguchi Center for Media and Arts, Yamaguchi, Japan; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Festival Perspectives, Saarbrücken; Pina Bausch Festival, Essen; BankArt 1929, Yokohama, Japan; In Situ, Marseille; New Berlin Art Association, Berlin; Rathausgalerie, Munich

Photo by Peter Hartung