In my works, I consider the human body as a ‘stage’ – a place where residues of society and history are manifested – where levels of the imaginable play out, through acting and animation. From my point of view, we are open seams; leaking, and the embodiment a two fold, pending in simultaneous exposure and harbouring. Perception and language are motors for my pieces, examining the voice, the gaze, gestures and postures while interlacing archive material and ‘facts’ with fiction. Treating voyerism and witness statements, fascist narratives of purity and touch, as well as incomprehensible orality and borders of make-sense – references run between literature, historical events and politics, as well as theatre and film traditions.  The mise-en-scène and ideas of ‘a backstage’ are central, not only via enactment, set designs and the archive, but in ways of reflecting on the mind – its capability to secret thought, imagination and memory.  Linking imagery, text and objects, in montages, assemblages, publications and installations, I look at my pieces as ’situations’ or ‘composed readings’ – often placing the viewer in a speculative and ambiguous narrative.

Mariella Otto b. 1990, Sweden.

Living & working in Malmö –––

MA Fine Arts, Malmö Art Academy, (2017 – 2019)
BA Fine Arts, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, (2013 – 2016)
Exchange, Städelschule, Frankfurt, p.Judith Hopf, (2015 – 2016)

Selected Solo shows
In the cast of our bones, MFA show, Gallery KHM2, Malmö, Sweden, 2019.
Casts of an image, Delfi gallery, Malmö, Sweden, 2017.
Bending tongue, licking language, Gallery KVIT, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017.

Selcted Group shows
Raumdeuter Radio, GIBCA extended, Gothenburg, 2021. 
Online screening Covered in dark. Behind her word, beneath that rhyme; Tulip, Hangar Cia, Lisbon, 2021
The Tactilist / AT THIS LATE HOUR, Inter Arts Center, Black Room, Gallery Week, Malmö, 2020.
Flux, Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden, 2019.
Echoes of the illuminated pt.II, Aarhus, Denmark, 2018.
New Exhibition, KHM gallery, Malmö, Sweden, 2017.
Slow Collision // Abstract diagnosis, Duo with Aya Urhammer, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, England,
2016. Mono No Aware, Graduation show, Bergen, Norway, 2016.
No Walls, Friday Exit Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015.
How long is now? - KICA Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art, Krasnodar, Russia, 2015.

Residencies/ Grants / Other
One year working grant, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, 2021.
Residency at Hangar Cia, Lisbon, 2021.
Erik Sääfs Fond, Konstakademien, 2020.
“The Tactilist”, Project period, Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden, 2020.
Assistant grant, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, for Ângela Ferreira, Lisbon, Portugal, 2020.
“Hypo Glossal” Project period, Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden, 2018.
KHM x Moderna Museet; Lecture series with Andreas Nilsson, Moderna Museet, Malmö & Malmö Art Academy, 2018 - 2019.
Assistant for Carlos Garaicoa “...a borderless reality like gardens of the eternal...”, Skissernas Museum & Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden, 2019.
Assistant for Michelle Teran “Your revolution begins at home”, “Visningsrommet USF”, Bergen, Norway, 2014.
Residency, KICA – Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art, Russia. 2015.