Mark Kleine is a performance and photographic artist based in Brisbane, Australia. He grew up in rural South East Queensland with his German father, Filipino mother and sister. Mark graduated from high school in 2009 and completed a degree in Fine Arts with Distinction at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013. He is currently studying law at the University of Queensland.
Mark’s work dramatizes the growth of identity through photography, performance, costume and assemblage. This involves the performance of personas – historical, fictional and symbolic – in a growing range of staged and abstracted contexts informed by the artist’s personal experiences with “mestizo” (i.e. “mixed race”), “class” and “queer” identities among others. Accordingly, the work explores ideas and feelings experienced when identities grow with meaning and intersect over time.This includes experiences regarding authenticity, intimacy, and desire.
Mark has participated in exhibitions and causes locally and abroad. These have included the Australian Institute of Moving Image, Logan Art Gallery and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. Mark has also undertaken residencies at Metro Arts in Brisbane and Shiro Oni Studio in Japan.