Mark Kleine is a performance and photographic artist based in Brisbane, Australia. He grew up on a chicken farm in Queensland with his German father, Filipino mother and sister. Mark graduated from high school in 2009 and completed a degree in Fine Arts 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 often involves the performance of personas – historical, fictional and symbolic – in photographs shot in a growing range of staged and abstracted realities. In this way, the work can explore the complex feelings we experience when identities grow and intersect over time.This includes feelings about 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.