Film screening

Maya Schweizer: Moving Voices

Maya Schweizer: Moving Voices

05/13/2023, 5:00pm

e-flux Screening Room

172 Classon Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205


Language: English
Price: $5-8

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Join us at e-flux Screening Room for a screening of films by the French-German artist Maya Schweizer. The evening will feature a curated selection of Schweizer’s film and video works spanning the last fifteen years, and will be followed by an in-person conversation with the artist.

Schweizer’s body of works explores themes such as memory, perception, and representation. Blurring the line between artistic and documentary expression, Schweizer’s films reverberate voices of human and non-human histories, and scrutinize mnemonic structures and infrastructures, focusing on their social and political shifts over time. By blending personal narratives and historical contexts, Schweizer continues to captivate audiences with cinematic reflections on the human experience within the ever-changing landscape of modern society.


Texture of Oblivion (2016, 18 minutes)
This thought-provoking film reflects on the construction of history through material memorials.

Voices and Shells (2020, 18 minutes)
This intricate film-collage entwines historical traces with natural forms.

L’étoile de mer (The Starfish) (2019, 11 minutes)
This experimental voyage through the Mediterranean Sea intermingles underwater shots, silent films, and the artist’s own video archives.

Sans histoire (2023, 28 minutes)
In Sans histoire, Maya Schweizer follows a thought experiment on a consciousness without history. She delves into fears and hopes of impermanence, exploring the museum as an immediate location as well as larger societal processes. What happens when memory fades in the face of historical upheavals, climate catastrophe and, ultimately, the finitude of human existence? Does the past still impact upon the future? Does digital storage delay or hasten an incipient collective amnesia? Alternating between impulses of threat and liberation, the artist explores transhuman and posthuman scenarios.

Maya Schweizer is a French contemporary artist based in Berlin. She is renowned for her multidisciplinary approach to art, often combining photography, video, and installation to explore themes of memory, identity, and the socio-political dimensions of urban space. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with solo shows at institutions such as Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Villa Stuck among others. She has shown her work in group exhibitions and art biennials including Berlin Biennale, Centre Georges Pompidou, and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York. Her films have been screened in festivals and film events worldwide. Throughout her career, Schweizer has received a number of awards, including the HAP Grieshaber Prize and the Dagesh prize.