Marcel Odenbach is one of the most well-known German video artists working today. Since the mid-1970s, he has produced videos, but also installations and drawings that contain multiple levels that are both politically and poetically charged. By citing recycled images, fragments gleaned from mass media, or big Hollywood productions, Odenbach attempts to provoke our awareness of the prejudices that come with the acquisition of knowledge. Many of his video works employ a formal strategy that uses images fragmented into vertical or horizontal bands to create a parcelled view, thereby revealing the ways in which identity and subjectivity are conditioned by culture and history.

still of The Distance Between Myself and My Losses, 1983, Colour video, sound, 10 min 11 s.
© Marcel Odenbach / SOCAN (2022)