#FNCCities: Maya Schweizer

Maya Schweizer (*1976, Paris, FRA, lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin) explores identity, biography, politics, history and memory in her photographic and video works. With a documentary gesture, she explores public spaces and architectures where historical moments collide with private living conditions.

Schweizer graduated in art and art history at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence, FRA in 1998, studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig until 2002 and graduated in 2007 at the Universität der Künst (UdK), Berlin with Lothar Baumgarten.

Solo exhibitions include: Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, DE (2020), Kunstverein Leipzig, DE (2018), Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA, Dublin, IRL (2016), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE (2015), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE (2011), Argos, Center for Art and Media, Brussels, BEL (2007). Group exhibitions including: SAVVY contemporary, Berlin, DE (2021), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, DE (2020), Kunsthalle Mannheim, DE (2020), GfZK Leipzig, DE (2017), Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, DE (2016), Museum Für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Oslo, NOR (2010), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FRA (2007).

Her films have been selected for numerous festivals and screenings, including the 67th Berlinale (2016), Vancouver International Film Festival (2017, 2019) and the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2019), where L’étoile de mer was awarded the e-flux prize. In addition to several grants, project funding and artist residencies, she received a fellowship from Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, USA (2008) and a working grant from the Berlin Senate (2019).