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. For example, Kleine appropriates the representations of people from history and depicts them in performances across changing settings. This results in work that speaks to a range of lived experiences – such as gender diversity and identities considered ‘in-between’ – while expressing the capacity of identities to break away from limiting frameworks.
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.