Lena Maria Thüring

Lena Maria Thüring


With her work "Down the river" we show a multi-layered multimedia work (20') that depicts the smallest Swiss population group, the Rumantsch-speaking people (fourth national language) from the Bergell valley (towards Italy). The video is about witches, medicinal plants, conspiracy theories and shows how in this wonderful, secluded mountain world, a natural cocoon, such legends could last especially long. Symbol also for today's Fake News.
The artist did research on today's mechanisms of marginalization of women, based on the Bergell witch trials of the 16th to 18th centuries. Image and sound levels were interwoven in collaboration with the Bergell choir to create an essayistic film that also deals with questions of possible empowerment - English subtitles.

Among other things, art manages to give us this feeling of being connected to something that is boundless and beyond words.

Born 1981 in Basel, CH. Lives and works in Zurich, CH. Lena Maria Thüring completed her Master in Fine Arts at the ZHdK in 2014 and has since been teaching at the Institute of Art at the FHNW in Basel. Thüring uses various media such as video, sound, photography, performance, and installation to question social systems and their underlying constructions. Spoken language is the most important medium in which she makes visible processes of history production and negotiates issues of linguistic articulation, collective and personal memories, social structures, gender and identity. In 2013 she was awarded the Manor Art Prize and exhibited in a solo show at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel. In 2015, the Kunstmuseum Bern dedicated an exhibition to her in the Fenster zur Gegenwart. For the Zurich Reformation anniversary, Lena Maria Thüring produced the film "Arbeit als Liebe. Love as Work".

Grant, Landis und Gyr Stiftung, CH
Grant, Pro Helvetia, CH
Grant, Stadt Zürich, Zurich City, CH
Grant, Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt, CH
Grant, Wahlverwandschaften, Stiftung Erpprozent, CH
Public Art, Schweizer Botschaft, Seoul, KOR
Grant, Stadt Zürich, CH
Grant, Kunstkredit Basel Stadt, CH
Manor Art Award Basel / Manorkunstpreis Basel, CH
Grant, Kanton Zürich, CH
Grant, Stadt Zürich, CH
Award / Preis Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung, CH
Artist in Residence / Atelierstipendium, New York, iaab, Basel, CH
BLKB-Art Grant / BLKB-Kunstpreis, CH
Grant, Kanton Zürich, CH
Award / Preis Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung, CH
Artist in Residence / Atelierstipendium, Paris, Cité internationale
des Arts, Kanton Zürich, CH
Grant, Canton Zurich / Kanton Zürich, CH
2008: Swiss Art Award/ Eidgenössischer Kunstpreis, CH


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