About the Artist
Kiefer Marien is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. Originally from the
United States, he has an international outlook and has spent the last
three years living as a nomad in various countries around the world.
With a background in academic philosophy and design, his works explore
aesthetic and philosophical concepts via installations composed of
photographs, videos, and other media.
Kiefer’s Experience at Belgrade A.I.R.
“During my time in Belgrade, I explored the city and its suburbs, which
provided more than enough excellent photography opportunities. Gordana
and Bosko were a pleasure to work with and were incredibly helpful in
connecting me with the local artistic scene. The program was a great
experience for me personally, as it helped me to clarify and develop my
About the Exhibition
For my exhibition at Center 424, I explored the foundations of
photography with a project entitled “Forms.” Forms is an exploration
into the foundations of the photographic process and of the camera as an
image-making device. In contemporary English, the word photograph has
come to imply an image that, accurately or inaccurately, is an
approximation of what is seen by the human eye. A photograph inherently
implies a subject, a person, object or place in the world; the medium
represents a form or outline, rather than content itself. It seems odd
to talk of a photograph without asking “of what?”, “of whom?” or “of
The idea of representation has become so intertwined with our notion of
photography that we easily forget the actual nature of the process; at a
fundamental level, a camera is simply a device that captures light and
not one that replicates human visual perception. The word photography
itself reminds us of its origin as “drawing with light”, having been
derived from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), ”light”, and γραφή (graphé)
“representation by means of lines” or “drawing”.
In this series, I attempted to blur the line between representational
and non- representational photographic imagery via a series of
photographs and videos. Rather than take “accurate” photographs and
video recordings of specific identifiable subjects, I aimed to
photograph and record light, shadow, shape, patterns, and other directly
visual phenomena. Representational images are still clearly recognizable
at varying levels; however, their primary purpose is visual (and not
representational) in nature.