Mario Asef studied architecture at the University of Architecture and Urban Development in Córdoba, Argentina and art at the Universität der Kunst (UdK) in Berlin, Germany, and Chelsea College for Art and Design in London, England. His work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Daegu Photo Biennale 2018 (South Korea), Unarte (Puebla, Mexico), Quartier 21 Museumsquartier (Vienna), Wildpalms (Düsseldorf), Junge Kunst e.V. (Wolfsburg, Germany), Kasa Galeri (Istanbul), The Drawing Hub (Berlin). Recent museum exhibitions include Hamburger Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der Künste Berlin. His videos, photographs, sound installations, and interventions in public space deal with architectonic as well as sociopolitical questions and confront issues related to their spatial representability.
Mario Asef’s artistic works develop—as he himself states—out of “the illusory construction of social reality.” Mario Asef’s works are divided into three thematic categories: the realm of public space, the construction of which is language-based, the realm of history and writing about history as mediated reality construct, and the realm of scientific methods. His photographs, diagrams, videos, texts, and interventions in public space all deal with the legibility of normative orders that extend beyond purely grammatical micro-urban codes and which simultaneously integrate utopian and ideology-critical gestures. Mario Asef uses these normative orders to develop a methodology that combines causality with happenstance, pushing things into absurdity.
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