Through my work, I consider the human body as a ‘stage’ – a place where residues of society and memory are manifested – where levels of the imaginable play out, through acting and animation. From my point of view, the body is an open seam; Leak and the embodiment a two fold, pending in simultaneous exposure and harbouring. Perception and language are the motors for my pieces, interlacing archive material and history with fiction – treating voyerism and witness statements, fascist narratives of purity and touch, as well as incomprehensible orality and borders of  make-sense.  Ideas of ‘the backstage’ are central, not only via enactments, spatial scenery and the archive, but in ways of reflecting on the mind – its capability to associative thought, through memory; Composition.  In montages, assemblages and installation, I link imagery, text and objects, in what I look at as ‘composed readings’ – placing my viewer in an speculative and ambiguous setting of references to literature and historical characters or events, as well as theatre theory and politics.




Mariella Louise Otto b. 1990, Sweden.

Living & working in Malmö ––– mariellaottosson@gmail.com

Education
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
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
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 Council, 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.



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