Marcel Dzama: A Game of Chess



• English / German, Softcover
222 pages
• 27 x 21 cm
• Published by Sies + Höke and Verlag Kettler, 2012


Marcel Dzama: A Game of Chess was published on the occasion of the exhibition A Game of Chess at Sies + Höke in 2012, as well as The Never Known Into The Forgotten at Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2011.

With his latest film A Game of Chess (2011), he artistically advanced into cinema format, and also in the realm of sculpture he has consistently been breaking new ground over the last few years. Repeatedly, his strictly choreographed imagery is devoted to the human abyss: the horrors of violence, terror, war and death are equally present in his work as is the existential fear of loss of personal autonomy. Anonymous standardized figures such as dancers, chess pieces or soldiers often encounter contrasting individuals, sexualized or mutilated, alien and appaling.

The catalogue features a text by Katrin Meder.

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Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama (b. 1974 in Winnipeg) has fascinated a wide international audience with his drawings, sculptures, installations and video works. Using a highly recognizable visual language based on a multitude of artistic references, subjective experiences and socio-political issues, he invites us into his very personal world full of life and death, music, calm and violence. The artist lives and works in New York.