Maya Schweizer: L’Etoile de Mer

HMKV Video of the Month

„C'est une étoile qui tombe dans la Mer Méditerranée.“ - (It's a star that falls in the Mediterranean Sea) tells Man Ray’s film synopsis of L'Étoile de Mer (The Starfish) made in 1928.

L´Étoile de Mer* by Maya Schweizer is an experimental navigation in the Mediterranean Sea, mingling underwater shots, silent movies, author’s own video archive and underwater shots, faded-in texts and a sound collage. This image and sound essay is about forgetting and the sea as a point of reference and reflection. The sea is a flowing immaterial space and thus seems conducive to forgetting.

* Produced by and exhibited at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, 2019, screened at the German and International competition of the 65th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2019, awarded with the e-flux prize, Oberhausen 2019

Maya Schweizer, *1976 in Maisons-Alfort, FR, lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin, Germany. 1995-1998 art and art history, diploma at the Université d´Aix-en-Provence, FR, 2002 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig, 2003-2005 diploma at the Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin with Lothar Baumgarten, 2005-2007 master student at the Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin. Solo shows a.o. Kunstverein Leipzig (2017-2018), Drawing Room, Hamburg (2017-2018), After the Butcher, Berlin (2014), Kunstverein Langenhagen (2013). Recent group shows a.o. "Vergessen – Warum wir uns nicht an alles erinnern", Historisches Museum Frankfurt (2019), „Occupation“, Motorenhalle Dresden (2017)

In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents current video works by international artists for the duration of one month each – selected by Inke Arns.

Maya Schweizer
L’Étoile de Mer
HD Video, English, French and German, color, sound, 11:00 Min., 2019