Year of birth
Martina Riescher was born in 1967 in Oberstdorf/Germany. From 1990 she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome with Professor Rino Di Coste and graduated in 1995 with an academic diploma. Her work has been shown in international exhibitions since 1992. Since 1993, for Martina Riescher the concept of “space” has always been a political place for the exchange of experiences and feelings, where all those who want to help shaping it, have the opportunity to do so. Since 2006 she has been working on self-portraits. The often ironic photo collages are linked to collective or personal memories. In these dream worlds, time and space are networked in a surreal flow of images. Between archetypes, historical objects and figures and snapshots from her life, she searches for herself in a continuous change of perspective. Important works are occhionasolabbrodente..., Camminare a piedi nudi..., Eyes to touch hands to see and non Non conosco il tuo eroe.... Since 2010, her projects have increasingly developed into participatory works, in which the viewer has a decisive influence on the work. The works are primarily food for thought. An example of this is the installation heartbeat 5, in which she confronts the viewer acoustically and tactilely with her most emotional memories. The viewer can actively participate in the creative act and contextualize and change her works based on his own understanding. Her latest projects focus on highly topical political and social issues. Past said so... deals with the living conditions of the victims after the earthquake in the Italian city of l’Aquila. Smoking Constitution is raising public awareness of the topic of Europe in an art campaign in Munich. The Les nouveaux vetements de l’empereur campaign puts the ever-increasing waste problem in Senegal in the spotlight. In participatory projects such as Drifting Walls, which follow directly in Tambacounda in Senegal in 2020, she points out the importance of cross-border, sustainable connections and cultural interactions between all people significantly involved in the project against the background of shared humanity.