I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live and practice. I pay my respects to Elders – past, present, and emerging.

Mark Kleine illustrates, interrogates, and celebrates the multifaceted nature of identity. Drawing from lived experience, Kleine performs in a variety of guises through photography, video, installation, and interactive projects to express the evolution of identities over time. This results in work that speaks to a range of themes while expressing the capacity of identities to break away from limiting frameworks. Kleine focuses on the representations of people to this end by embodying such images in performances across a broadening range of works.

Kleine frequently engages photography and video to capture dramatic performances. Kleine will stage a scene, adjust their camera, start the timer, and quickly pose before taking footage. This process can take hours and results in thousands of photographs and video sequences that Kleine will edit into finished products. These products are converted into media to show in exhibitions and includes archival prints by professional printers.

In 2013, Kleine completed a degree in Fine Arts at the Queensland University of Technology and has since shown in exhibitions locally and abroad. This has included the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea, Performance Space in Sydney, and Shiro Oni Studio in Japan. In 2022, Kleine’s solo exhibition Domina was awarded a grant for developmental purposes by Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund.

Kleine is currently based on Yagara and Yugambeh land (Logan City) located south of Meanjin (Brisbane), Australia. Kleine practices art while studying and working in the legal profession with a focus on community legal centres and human rights law.