For her sculptures and collages, Goshka Macuga uses historical documents and photographs, artefacts, handcrafted objects and natural materials, combining them into installations that give them a completely new context. As part of this recontextualizing process, Goshka Macuga explores a multitude of disciplines, such as the production and presentation of art in the course of history, ethnology, psychology and esoterics. Operating on many levels, in terms of both form and content, Macuga's complex installations reach beyond the boundaries of our prevailing understanding of cultural production and create, from a mixture of resistance to tradition and humorous persiflage, new, ideal spaces of free expression.
In her second solo exhibition at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Goshka Macuga will be showing a series of photographic works first presented in her exhibition I Am Become Death at the Kunsthalle in Basle. For her photographic collages the artist selected documents from the archives of the Tate Gallery in London, the Warburg Institute of the University of London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Kunsthalle in Basle. Besides her photographic works, the artist will also be showing new sculptural objects – new and surprising combinations of archaeological and natural objects trouvés with fragments from her personal image archive.
Goshka Macuga, born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1967, lives and works in London. She studied at the Wojciech Gerson School of Art, Warsaw, and at the Central St. Martin's School of Art, London, and is a graduate of Goldsmith College, London. Goshka Macuga took part in the Berlin Biennale in 2008 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in the same year.