Flo Maak
bangaloREsident@Pepper House

Flook Maak Teaserpicture © Flo Maak Flo Maak (born 1980) studied fine arts with Wolfgang Tillmans and Willem de Rooij at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, and Cooper Union, New York City. From 2013 to 2017 he was professor for fine art photography at Chung-Ang University, Seoul. After a one-year scholarship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, he now lives in Berlin.

His work is based on photography, extends to installation, text, sculpture and video, and explores the relation between pictorial and exhibition space. His works are thematically diverse, whereby questions of autonomy, sovereignty and mutual dependency, especially in human-animal relationships, and the destructive consequences of human economy are recurring subjects. Starting from photography, he usually develops large installations in which the images are extended into space through architectural interventions and sculptural elements. Text also plays an important role in his work, either as part of the images, title or accompanying wall text. He always emphasises the visual aspect of his concept-based works.

Maak has also been cooperating with filmmaker and artist Lasse Lau for many years. Together they've been enquiring into the history of queer protests and the relationship between sexuality and food, whereby John Harvey Kellogg, as the inventor of cornflakes, a pronounced opponent of masturbation and patent holder of a chastity belt, has taken up a broad space in their joint works.

During the bangaloREsidency, Flo Maak plans to further develop his project “seascapes”, which explores the worldwide network of the seas and its role in the transmission and transformation of life forms and forms of life. To this end, he will explore the port and beaches of Kochi and work with local experts.

Selected solo exhibitions include “Technologies of the Kitchen” at Pro Arts, Oakland (2017), “Friendly Patterns” at gallery Bernhard Knaus, Frankfurt (2017), “In/Off The Grid” at 공간291, Seoul (2016), “DANGER” at Corner Art Space, Seoul (2015), “-graphie” at von Cirne, Cologne (2013), "Nichts tun wie ein Biest" at Bielefelder Kunstverein (2009), "Trompe-l'eil Polizei" at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008) and  "silent specters" at JET, Berlin (2006). Selected group exhibitions include “Europe in China” at Sculpture Museum, Quingdao (2017), “On the Possibility of Life in Ruins” at Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro (2017), “Scattered Showers” at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), “After Prisma” at Villa Romana, Florence (2011) and "I Animal! (You Human)" at Perla Mode, Zurich (2010).

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