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Marika Orenius (b. 1971) is currently doctoral student at the University of Art and Design Helsinki at Aalto University. Marika works with moving image, photography, drawing, performing art and installation art. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, with additional studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Valand School of Fine Arts at the University of Gothenburg.
In Marika's video works, photographs, performances and drawings of the 2000’s, she touches upon an extensive range of existential topics: freedom, violence, body, language, empathy, regulation and power mechanisms exercised by community.
The public and the private sphere encounter in Marika’s works. They explore both one’s inner life and the constitution of the common, shared world, as well as their reciprocal coming into being. The mutual influence of the public and the private is exemplified by the interiors and the familiar environment, schools and institutions described by Marika's videos and photos.
Her art works and research are inspired by French phenomenology and post-structuralist theories.
The research is called Home Base – Bodily Response and Spatial Experiences Processed to Works of Art.
At 2003 Marika was one of the group members who started and co-directed a gallery in Gothenburg in Sweden. The gallery was called 300m3 Art Space and she curated the gallery program mostly with Jesper Toss during the years 2003-2010.
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