History, memory, identity and gender, migration, the connections between violence, religion and sexuality are fundamental themes in Marc Bauer’s work. A work that consists for a major part of black and white drawings, but extends to animation film, ceramics, oil painting and sculpture.
On the basis of intensive research, frequently in collaboration with specialists outside the field of art (musicians, philosophers, authors, scientists), Marc develops intimate sets of drawings, single works and also large-scale, space filling installations consisting of works on paper, wall drawings, animations, sounds.
Neither the research nor the selection of the images have any claim to completeness, general validity or methodical accuracy, but follow exclusively the subjective perspective of the artist. Marc assembles the collected materials into vivid narratives in which historical and fictional elements and events from different settings and times can mix.
Marc Bauer is the laureate of the Prix Meret Oppenheim / the Swiss Grand Award for Art 2020. He is the winner of the GASAG Kunstpreis in 2020, was awarded the Prix culturel Manor, Geneva in 2009, and the Swiss Art Award in 2001, 2005 and 2006.
Marc Bauer was fellow at Istituto Svizzero in 2005 – 2006, received the Landis & Gyr Stiftung, studio stipendium London, 2017 and in 2006 GegenwART_ Museum Bern, Ai Weiwei Beijing Studio residency.