ISCP TalkMarch 22, 2011
Salon: Xenia Fink and Louise Manifold
Xenia Fink was born and raised in Latin America, and studied in Germany, respectively in Halle, Hamburg and finally in Berlin where she received her Meisterschueler degree at Berlin University of Arts. She will have an upcoming solo show at Gallery Schuster in Miami, FL in May 2011.
Louise Manifold’s art practice primarily utilizes video and installation. Within those, she employs a variety of mediums including photography, drawing, paper silhouettes, text and found objects. For her Salon, Manifold will discuss her practice, and also present some of her current ideas and work realized during her residency at ISCP. Fascinated by power of stories and the creation of myth, Louise Manifold draws her inspiration from overlooked and unbelievable subject matter- ranging from rare delusional illnesses, obscure phenomena and manifestations of medieval melancholy as a means in which to comment upon human awareness in contemporary culture. At the center of her practice is a focus upon visual arts’ capacity to convey a story, and how the artist can use storytelling techniques within visual production. Her engagement with the esoteric centers upon its potential to generate legend, so in a sense her work questions the possibility of creating new mythology for the viewer to consume.