01. 05. 2019
30. 06. 2019


Marie Raffn is a young contemporary artist from Denmark. She is the first artist in residency of this year at PRÁM Studio. She will stay here for two months (may and june) to prepare an exhibition fitting our gallery space. The exhibition opening will be on 18th June, the exhibition will be curated by Šárka Koudelová.

Marie Raffn (1991 Copenhagen, DK) holds an MFA from Malmö Art Academy, SE (2016). During her studies she did an exchange at Cooper Union School of Art, New York (2013) and Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna (2015). Recent exhibitions include Backward Sway ½ Upper Beam ½ Forward Swivel ½ Lower Bound, Forlaget Gestus Teak, Helsinki (FI), La Robe Chinoise Vol. 1, Delfi, Malmö (SE), Dead Swath She Said, Pavillon 11, CPH Art Week ’17 (DK) and Tail and Heads at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (LT).

Marie Raffn’s work is influenced by the fragile relationship that exists between imagery, language and meaning. Her work unfolds primarily in textual and performative formats, which are taking shape in time-based media, artist books and sculpture in installation.

About the residency

“At Prám I’ll be working with subtle handlings of materials in spatial arrangements where associative flows occur through patterns and etymologies. The starting point of my work will be the distinctive architecture of the first room in the gallery. From here the works will bloom and spread as a rhipidium.

Recently I’ve been interested in the notion of plot devices (objects that are used to push the plot into a narrative forward) and how sculptural elements can be perceived in this context. Where the interaction with one sculpture affects the next. As a plot device, it is not the sculpture itself, that is interesting, but rather the effect it has on what is around it. As a part of the residency my intention is to create a choreographed situation consisting of spatial elements and sound – in close dialogue with the particularities of space and site.

In my solo shows, I perceive the exhibition space as an entity where the works exist by virtue of each other. The exhibition space is never a terminus but rather a temporary place where my sculptural work unfolds like thoughts said aloud.

In spite of the fact that ideas and concepts are my main motivation in the artistic process, I always strive to combine my conceptual approach with tactile sensibility and a strong interest for material. Inspired by concrete poetry where the visual appearance match­es the topic of the poem, I aim to transform visual poetry from page to space.

I’m interested in how idea and matter cohere and that curiosity I wish to develop and explore during my stay.”