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Galleri Lars Bohman is proud to present the Swedish artist Maria Miesenberger’s second exhibition - Uncut. She is perhaps best known for her series of manipulated photographs, Sverige/Schweden (1993-2000), and her mutilated vinyl sculptures, Case Study/Fallstudie (1997-98). After the success of her first exhibition at the gallery, It’s all in your head, in 1998, she now exhibits several new works, all from this year. For the first time she uses more traditional materials such as hand-blown glass, aluminium and bronze, although in a contemporary way. In Uncut Miesenberger continues to make the personal universal, she raises gender issues and questions of identity with a series of photographs, drawings and sculptures.

Ambiguity and duality have always been major themes in Miesenberger’s work. Uncut is a playful, eerie and at times humorous exhibition. In these new works Miesenbeger investigates different methods of self-representation, not, however, in the traditional sense of portraiture; both the material and the subject matter have direct art historical references. The series of photographs Portrait (Uncut) show a position of vulnerability, of total submission while at the same time exuding enormous strength, almost brutal in its intensity.

Born in Svalöv, Sweden in 1965, Maria Miesenberger lives and works in Stockholm and New York. She attended Konstfack (the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) in Stockholm (1991-95) and later studied sculpture at the Parsons School of Design in New York (1995-96).

Since her debut in 1993 she has had several solo museum and gallery exhibitions including: Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden; Jönköpings Läns Museum, Jönköping, Sweden; the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden; Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden; Robert Mann Gallery, New York; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland; Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden. A solo exhibiton at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden is planned for February 2002.

She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at such venues as: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; DAK’ART Biennial 2000 Dakar, Senegal; BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden; Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France; Bradford National Museum of Photography, Bradford, England; Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands; the International Center of Photography, ICP Midtown, New York; Fotomuseum Winterhur, Winterhur, Switzerland.