For the past 18 years, Larissa Fassler has been creating works of art that document and interrogate the geo-spatial politics of city life. With cartographic paintings and drawings, and architectural sculptures, she creates visualisations of the observable and intangible characteristics of a city, and document the complicated socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting urban space today.
Drawing on the tradition of psychogeography, she maps urban landscapes using her own body. She employs my own subjective systems to survey public spaces by walking their length and breadth, recording her corporeal experiences and spending hundreds of hours collecting detailed observations onsite as well undertaking archival and online research.
In recent years her work has become increasingly political, charting growing economic disparity, political divisiveness, gender and racialized segregation and violence. While each of her chosen regions, cities, suburbs, public sites is unique, together they reveal a network of intersectional relations that cannot be contained by bureaucracies, borders, or nations.
Larissa Fassler (b.1975, Vancouver, Canada) has lived and worked in Berlin since 1999. She obtained her BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MFA from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. She has been a grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Germany, the Berlin Senate, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation among others. Her work has been nominated for the MAC International Contemporary Art Prize, Belfast, 2018 and the Berlin Art Prize, 2019.
Larissa Fassler’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions internationally: at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (US); the Bröhan-Museum, Berlin (DE); at the Esker Foundation, Calgary (CA); The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris (FR) and The Hessen State Museum Darmstadt (DE) and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris (FR).
Recent group exhibitions include: CCC OD, Tour (FR); KOW, Berlin (DE); The National Gallery of Canada (CA); PalaisPopulaire, Berlin (DE); a public art commission by KW - Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (DE) and at the 11th São Paulo Architecture Biennial (BR).
Critical reviews and feature articles on her work have been published in Frieze, Artforum, Canadian Art, Uncube Magazine, the Western Humanities Review, Architectural Design (AD) and ARCH+.
Fassler's work is held in a number of public collections: The Berlin State Museum (DE), The National Gallery of Canada, (CA), The FRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA and FRAC Auvergne, (FR), The Huma Kabakcı Collection, Istanbul (TR), The Deutsche Bank Collection (DE), and The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, (USA), as well as many private collections.
A monograph of her work has just been published and is now available at DISTANZ
Larissa Fassler lives and works in Berlin.