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Marie Rief's visually powerful works, which create a new identity, a new reality, through constant repetition, can be seen from Sept. 15 - Nov. 27 in the exhibition "identity by repetition" at the Willy Brandt House.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Marie Rief - identity by repetition
© Marie Rief


Marie Rief works with analog photographic paper, drawings, laser printing and copying. Her works illustrate the existence and errors of objects - objects are called into question through continual copying: What is original, what is copy, how do we perceive transformation processes?


"I am interested in the point of tension between how object and photograph or copy of an object relate to each other. My work includes photographic works whose negatives are hand-drawn, series of intentional misprints, contact prints of laser printing, and paper objects and installations," Marie Rief says of her works.

For her series that combine laser printing and photographic paper, for example, she has printer cartridges printed until the paper remains entirely white. Printed transparent papers are her negatives, from which analog prints are made on photographic paper.


Marie Rief was born in Berlin in 1987 and studied fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts. During this time she developed her experimental and conceptual work with photographic material, drawing and copying.

Marie Rief's works in the exhibition allude to the importance of randomness in the machine printing process. The photographic works document the progression of the cartridge's exhaustion - as well as the assembly line-like, repetitive working off of prints in the darkroom. In the course of the series, the viewer can no longer grasp the object that stood at the beginning of the duplication. The habitual, learned perception searches for connections and thus creates a new reality, a new identity through repetition.


- Exhibition opening: Wednesday, September 14 | 7:00 p.m.
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