Pro Arts welcomes Lasse Lau (DK) and Flo Maak (GE) to our Studio Lab Residency program. Lau and Maak will be in residence with us from January 9 through February 3, 2017, focusing on creating collaborative work. Rarely in the same city, this residency will allow them to delve deeper into areas of research as well as develop their object-making practice through a new series of prints.

As part of their residency, Lau and Maak will conduct a series of conversations and interviews with local artists, queer activists and academics who are exploring how gender is tied to social norms, object relations and performativity. Their residency will culminate with an exhibition at Pro Arts Gallery, entitled Technologies of the Kitchen, which is scheduled to open on Friday, February 3, 2017. With Technologies of the Kitchen, Lau and Maak aim to challenge notions of domestic rituals that operate within the private sphere, which in turn are then adapted to the public one.

Flo Maak (b. 1980, Fulda, Germany) attended HfbK Staedelschule (2001- 2009), majoring in Fine Art. He also studied Visual Arts at Cooper Union (2007) in New York City. Selected solo exhibitions include “Nichts tun wie ein Biest” at Bielefelder Kunstverein (2009), “Trompe-l’eil Polizei” in cooperation with Free Class Frankfurt at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008), “soft skills” at haus nummer 11 in Frankfurt (2007), “silent specters” at JET in Berlin (2006), and “Untitled” at Nomaden Oase in Hamburg. Selected group exhibitions include “I Animal! (You Human)” at Perla Mode in Zurich (2010), “Lyst” at Overgaden in Copenhagen (2009), “Dear Anus” at VBKO in Vienna (2008), and “Werkbund e. V.” at Hessische Landesvertretung in Berlin.

Lasse Lau (b. 1974, Sønderborg, Denmark) is a filmmaker and performance artist who currently lives and works in New York. His films and performances deal with socio-economic issues, the negotiation of conflicts and the notion of space through the language of film and performance. Lau seeks to utilize aesthetics as a framework that can open dialogical paths. He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany), Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Brandts Klædefabrik (Odense, Denmark), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), the Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art (Turin, Italy), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, USA) and MoMA PS1 (New York, USA). Lau is the co-founder and long time board member of Kran Film Collective and was a member of the Editorial Selection Board at The Danish Film Institute Video Workshop 2001-02. He studied at the Media Art Department at Funen Art Academy (Odense, Denmark), at the Hochschule der Künste (Berlin, Germany) and at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York, USA).

*Flo Maak and Lasse Lau’s Residency at Pro Arts is made possible with generous funds by the Danish Arts Foundation (DK).

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