Marin Kasimir

Artist (1957)

Marin Kasimir’s work incorporates several disciplinary fields in one and the same oeuvre: photography, sculpture, architecture, urban planning and theatre. He invites us to a physical and intellectual itinerary where games of spatial distortion and endless duplication (mise en abyme) are forever arousing among visitors an increased attentiveness to the place around them, and their own perceptions. Be it his early works about anamorphosis, the construction of “image display systems” (Ovalon, 1988; Ambigu Comique 1990), installations of “benches” or “roofs”, or works installed in the public place (Place des miroirs, Issoudun, 1994; Identités, Bordeaux University, 1997), the intention is invariably to increase the viewpoints and crystallize the ambiguity of our perception. Since 1988 he has been using large panoramic imagery which he integrates in indoor spatial arrangements, and systems specifically devised for outside: Place Fontainas in Brussels (Bruxelles défile en ville, 2009), Frieze of Frozen Freaks at Liège University (2008), Pixels-Piscines (mosaic for the swimming pool at Bègles, SW France,2006), Dimensions in Brussels (Communauté française de Belgique, 2005), Puzzle impossible in Rennes (2004), and Interurbain at the Ceria Station in Brussels (2003). The artist uses a panoramic camera, a rotating device which, as it turns, exposes the film for its entire length, the camera being capable of making 10 complete 360o rotations, i.e., 3,600o. Because the exposure time can extend up to 20 minutes, this makes it possible to create nothing less than filming conditions, and reinstates different moments in one and the same scene. The artist then combines images taken in different places, thus comparing diverse urban situations. Through his way of thinking about the medium—the panoramic factor whose technical, aesthetic and philosophical forms he rethinks--, on the spot, and the itinerary of the body in the work, Marin Kasimir puts together “theatres of the everyday”, presentations which open our eyes to our urban reality.

Marin Kasimir (Munich, 1957), lives and works in Brussels and Paris. He studied at the Akademie in Munich before settling in Brussels. In 1991 he had a six months residency at the Atelier Calder at Saché, near Tours. He has responded to a very large number of public commissions, mainly in France and Belgium. In 1985, the artist was awarded the Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge, and in 1995 he won the City of Paris photography prize.

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