Markus Hansen was born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1963. At age nine his family moved to Liverpool, England. After his art studies at the University of Reading he assisted Joseph Beuys on the installation ‘Plight’. He then lived in Columbia, South America with the Waunana Indians, to pursue his anthropological interests in the creative healing role of the Shaman.
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Upon his return to London he started working with Interim Art in London and exhibiting internationally, including New York, London, Paris, Hamburg, Zurich. He moved to Paris after a residence at the Cartier Foundation.
Markus Hansen works with performance, sculpture, (his use of materials range from chocolate to domestic dirt) installation, photography. His film and videos range from his installation of a reworked "Salo or the 120 days of Sodom" at the Caisse de Dépot in Paris to his elliptical cinematographic narratives "Falling Angel" or the black comedy "Jim's last round". He is
presently also working on a documentary and a feature. The recurring themes being memory, history, idendity and the ghosts that are passed on from one generation to another.
His recent collaborations have included live video performances with the improvisational musical group Bateau Lavoir from Antwerp together with the legendary Archie Shepp, and Two Shot Seven from the US, made up of Billy Bang, Hamiet Bluiet and Kahil el Zabar. He also collaborates with Chris Dorley-Brown, an artist from London, on video installations. Their last collaboration, ‘Lewes’, was shown at the Brighton Photographic Bienale.
Markus Hansen had his last solo exhibition at SlingShot Project in New York, from which he sold half of the work to the New York Guggenheim Museum. Hansen is currently working on a documentary with Couleur Films in Paris and a feature length film with Planet III productions in Chicago. He is also preparing a performance for the Lille, ville de la culture Europeenne 2004, and an installation for the Fiac in the autumn 2004. He lives and works in Paris.