Since the mid-1990’s, Kirsten Geisler has been investigating the representation of the three-dimensional body in a virtual space and with the construction and manipulation of beauty. In Geisler’s works the virtual person is a symbol for the reflection of our dreams: young, beautiful, slender, normal, healthy, and of course, never aging. Thus, Geisler contributes to the social debates about virtuality, digitization and the construction of identity. Geisler’s works comment on the ideal of beauty and its delusions in contemporary society, as well as on the increasing digitization and virtualization of the world.
Kirsten Geisler studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and at the Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Her computer animations have been shown at video festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. Geisler’s work has been exhibited at Kumu Art Museum, Tallin (2011), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2011), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (2009), Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven (2008), Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden (2008), Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2007), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2006), Kunsthalle Osnabrück (2006), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2005), Museum of Art, San Jose (2005), Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (2005), James Cohan Gallery, New York (2004), Kunsthalle Darmstads (2004), several times at Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, at AKINCI, Amsterdam and Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin.
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Curated by Ann Demeester, Manique Hendricks, Maarten de Leede en Roísín Douglas
25 June 2021 – 2 January 2022
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands