This catalogue is the most comprehensive treatment of Michaela Melián's œuvre to date and constitutes, with numerous essays and illustrations, a long due documentation of the German artist's work. The texts discuss how, since the late 1980s, Melián has consistently pursued a strategy of rendering visible the social – that complex web of power, system, gender, and class – uncovering it, even where it lies buried by familiarity and habit.
Born in Munich in 1956, Michaela Melián is an artist and musician based in Upper Bavaria. She
studied music and art in Munich and London. From 1980–86 she co-edited
the magazine Mode und Verzweiflung
. As a musician in the band F.S.K. she
has toured Europe and the United States. Numerous recordings with F.S.K.
and others. Audiovisual projects with David Moufang (Move D) and Thomas
Meinecke. Numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Kunstwerke Berlin
(2005), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2004), Werkleitz Biennale, Halle (2004),
Kunstverein München, Munich (2004), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
(2003) and Villa Arson
, Nice (2002). Recent publications include Baden-Baden
Monika Enterprise, Berlin, 2004). In 1998 and 1999 she held the post of Visiting
Professor at the Academy of Art in Munich.