Mauren Brodbeck, born 1974 in Geneva. Lives and works in Geneva
Mauren Brodbeck, a Swiss multisensory artist and singer-songwriter, uses visual and auditory elements to create startling reinterpretations of common objects and experiences. Her multidimensional works invite her audience to step outside their safe and familiar realities and reconsider their relationships with the people and environments around them.
Brodbeck’s arts education began at the Collège de Saussure in Geneva, where she focused on the visual arts—drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and videography. After graduation, she moved to the Pacific West Coast for several years, first attending the Vancouver Film School in Canada for a diploma in film production, and then going on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Southern California.
As a student at ArtCenter, she gained international attention when her work was selected for inclusion in the inaugural “reGeneration, 50 Photographers of Tomorrow” global travelling exhibition, curated by a committee from the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. The exposure she received led to a solo exhibition with the J.J. Heckenhauer gallery, ongoing representation with the Lumas Editions Gallery, and inclusion in a number of Art Fairs, including Photo Miami, Paris Photo, and the Berliner Liste.
Following these successes, she decided to expand into multisensory works and enrolled in the post graduate program at Geneva Haute École d'Arts et de Design "Immédiat" to study interactive arts and new media. Her recent multisensory productions include “Barenaked,” a solo show at the Auer Photo Foundation, and “Mood Motel,” an interactive, automated installation at the Andata Ritorno Laboratory for Contemporary Art. In 2014, Drago Publishing released a 10 year retrospective of her work, Mauren Brodbeck, Oeuvres Photographiques/Photographic Works: 2004-2014. Brodbeck’s pieces can be found in a number of private, public, and museum collections.
Brodbeck’s current works focus on the concepts of identity, authenticity and territory, exploring the gap between reality and fantasy and reinterpreting common experiences to reshape our stories and emotions. These influences also shape the singer/songwriter work she does with her electro-pop glamrock band, Jim Margin. She is also the creator of Raw and Radical, a project focused on inspiring, connecting, and supporting women artists including a series of podcasts. When not immersed in her artistic pursuits, she writes and spends time with her family at their home in Geneva.