GiG Munich is excited to present the exhibition, ‘Vier’ by Maria VMier, artist and collaborator, known for her work with Ruine München and the Hammann von Mier Verlag.
Maria VMier: Vier
12 October - 23 November, 2019
VMier’s multidisciplinary practice has two distinct aspects. On the one hand there is her performative work with its feminist, social and political references, on the other, her formal, abstract drawings on paper. For her GiG Munich exhibition she shows both - performance and drawing - developed during her recent residency in Uckermark, near Berlin, as part of the Libken e.V. Kunst & Umwelt fellowship.
The work is made in response to her remote location in Uckermark and the concept of nature, as well as our relation to it, forms a large part of exhibition. With her performance VMier acknowledges the feminist approaches to ecological concerns, endorsing an ecofeminism that demonstrates the close ties between the structures of capitalism, patriarchy and the disenchantment of nature. With her drawings, she subverts the traditional place of nature in aesthetic discussions of art. Utilising an abstract language of expressive signs, she shows that to identify with nature in the work of art need not be the privilege of the male genius, but can be rather, a postfeminist critical gesture.
Maria Vier studied at philosophy and fine art in Vienna before graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany in 2015. As part of the artist collective Hammann von Mier she co-runs the publishing house for artist books Hammann von Mier Verlag together with Stefanie Hamann since 2013. In 2017 she co-founded the artist-run project space Ruine München (with Leo Heinik and Jan Erbelding). Since 2019 she is part of the programming committee of the project space Lothringer13_Florida. With solo shows at Libken e.V., Uckermark, Brandenburg (2019), Kunsthaus Raab, Munich (2019), Glasbau, Pfarrkirchen (2018 and lecture performances in Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2019), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2019), Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg (2019), HGB, Leipzig (2018), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2018), she has also participated in group exhibitions in the Akademie Galerie, Nuremberg (2018), Nationalmuseum, Berlin (2018), PLATFORM, Munich (2017), Galerie der Künstler, Munich (2017) and the Kunstverein Munich (2013, 2017, 2019).