15 February to 6 September 2020
Kunsthalle zu Kiel is showing the first solo exhibition in Germany by the multimedia artist Rachel Maclean (born in 1987, Scotland). Using digital video, virtual-reality and photographic technology, Maclean creates powerful narratives set in garishly colourful fantasy worlds. Her funny, scathing satires on contemporary life cite fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and the children’s book The Wind in the Willows. Wearing outlandish costumes and elaborate make-up, the artist almost always plays the various characters in her works herself. Her distinctive compositions address topics such as nationalism, social changes in virtual space, gender images and consumer behaviour. The exhibition features HD video projections, a VR installation and digital paintings.
For the first time in Europe, the Kunsthalle will also be showing Rachel Maclean’s latest work Native Animals (2019). The Kunsthalle zu Kiel has received the Artist Proof as a gift from Rachel Maclean. Other works in the exhibition explore images of femininity, the power of advertising and the phenomenon of cuteness, which has become a ubiquitous part of our everyday culture.
The exhibition has been created in close collaboration with Rachel Maclean, who developed her own concept and elaborate exhibition design for the space at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. The bright colours featured in her film and printed works can be seen on the walls and floors of the rooms, which invites the visitor into two different worlds. In the first room, parts of the Union Jack run across the walls above a red carpeted floor. In the upper level, Maclean’s works are screened against immersive pink walls and a bright blue carpet.
Rachel Maclean was born in Edinburgh in 1987. She lives and works in Glasgow. The artist studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland until 2009. Rachel Maclean has been participating in international film festivals and screenings since 2011 and can be seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Her most recent shows include exhibitions at the National Gallery London (2018/2019) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2019/2020). She also represented Scotland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Website of the artist: www.rachelmaclean.com