Marleen Sleeuwits – Fictional Spaces

For the exhibition ‘Fictional Spaces’, Marleen Sleeuwits has transformed the gallery space of FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph into a new dimension. Parallel to this a series of large-format photographic works with striking examples of her fictional spatial constructions are presented.

Exhibition Fictional Spaces
Artist(s) Marleen Sleeuwits
Venue FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph, Berlin
Photography: Gunter Lepkowski. Courtesy of the artist and FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph, Berlin.

A playful approach to site specific elements has always been a characteristic of Marleen Sleeuwits’ artistic work . What has always caught her interest to create interventions is not so much architecture in itself but the classically built space. It is rather the design of the same with a portfolio of exchangeable surfaces. These surfaces and materials place their inhabitants into a fluid world of supposedly individual and constantly changing projections. “How does man encounter these projections? How does he live in this cosmos of built surfaces? And what are his emotional states within this global design language? asks the artist. Instead of giving an answer to these questions Sleeuwits photographic body of work and installations highlights them for the viewer by “Blurring the line between the two- and three-dimensional”.

Marleen Sleeuwits studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and is represented with her works in various Dutch collections such as the Museum het Valkhof, KPMG, De Brauw Blackstone and Westbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Heden Den Haag and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as in numerous private collections such as the Sanders Collection and De Groen Collection.

Sleeuwits has exhibited internationally at numerous photo festivals including the Naarden Photo Festival and the Jeonju Photo Festival, South Korea. Her most recent solo shows were Not the Actual Site at Contact Photo Festival Toronto (2018) and LhGWR, The Hague. She has also appeared in several group shows such as the Museo di Diocesano di Milano, the Paleis Soestdijk, the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, the Museum het Valkhof and others.

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