Over the last years Marei Rei developed different concrete textiles; first presented on the scale of the body and then as objects in space. Therefore she developed a type of concrete that remains light and malleable.
Her practice is based on experimenting and processes of un-learning, in which the possibility of knowledge as well as the material and its underlying attributes and composition are kept open: flexible, uncertain and possible – thus vibrant.
Through re-writing conventional descriptions of use and by reversing the solidified functions, she shifts usual patterns of behavior and thinking into a space of unknowing, where the hierarchies and distinct properties of matter and their attributes collapse and adapt to the needs of a new situation: solid concrete becomes flexible and the component sand is replaced by ash. Opposites such as light and heavy, firm and soft, natural and artificial exist side by side. This irritation asks to experience matter and substance, form and function, as an open field for multiple existences.
In the last years she mainly worked on concrete carpets, which are mostly a fusion of handcrafted weaving and concrete. By pouring light concrete, stitching and weaving concreted mass together with loose networks of threads, she interweaves hard and soft dis- /agreeing materials into sensible fabrics of uncertain and possible connections.
For her works Marei Rei received the Mart Stam Prize (2012), the Elsa Neumann grant (2014) and Berlin State Prize for Design Crafts (2014) and was a nominée for the Marianne Brandt Award (2016) and the German Design Award (2015).
mail ' at ' mareirei . de
studio address: am Flutgraben 3 / 12435 Berlin
happening - - - - - - - memories
14th of february - 6th of march 2020
Traces (group show)
Schau Fenster, Berlin (DT)
11th of may - 23th of june 2019
Bezugsstoffe (group show)
Galerie Hollenstein, Lustenau (AUT)
02 - 07th of april 2019
La Promenade Du Collectionneur
Hotel le Meurice, Paris (FR)
18 th of october - 17th of november 2018
Galerie Gosserez, Paris (FR)
01- 07th of october 2018
PAD London, (GB)
04 - 08th of april 2018
PAD Paris, (FR)
08 -12 th of march 2018
Collectible Design Bruxelles, (BE)
01 - 04 th of february 2018
PAD Génève, (CH)
september 2017 - january 2018
Remembering the Future / Materialien für eine postmoderne Gesellschaft
Altana Galerie _ Dresden, (DT)
02 - 08th of october 2017
22 - 26th of march 2017
october 2016 - january 2017
Materialeffekte (group exhibition)
Industriemuseum Chemnitz, (DT)