Places of Desire: The Alien Perspective
"Places of Desire: The Alien Perspective" is an evocative installation born from my exploration of queer spaces, drawing inspiration from my personal teenage experiences. Originating from a drawing series initiated in 2017, this installation showcases a vibrant collection of dancing, vulnerable, melancholic, and heartbroken alien creatures. These expressive figures have been transformed into colorful textile sculptures, interwoven within a landscape of discarded items, trash, and cherished mementos. They serve as a reflection of the overlooked, bringing forth a vivid representation of emotions and experiences in a distinctive and immersive manner. This amalgamation of form, color, and discarded artifacts invites viewers to delve into a world where the unconventional and the discarded converge, inviting contemplation on the beauty found within the overlooked.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Sculpture, 2018
Melo Börner is an artist, performer, and musician. They studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden and completed their MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London in 2018. In 2019, they were a fellow of the Goldrausch Künstlerinnen Projekt in Berlin. Melo performs as DJ SHE‘OL, plays in the band FOTZE, and is a founding member of the Off-Space Golfplatz Art Space (established in 2016). In 2018, they curated the exhibition "Throbbing Muscles" at the C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts in Dresden. Melo Börner is dedicated to the vulnerable and fragile. In their artistic practice, they create "Places of Desire"—installations, sculptures, and performances in which teenage girls, outsiders, aliens, and idols become actors. This opens up alternative spaces of action and challenges common perspectives on established modes of representation. The artist questions material hierarchies and focuses on the genre of portraiture in terms of its interplay of body, self, space, and desire.
- 2017: "What can be done to make trouble?" Exhibition Catalog, Edition Imorde 2015: "JAILY MAIL," published as part of the exhibition "IN JAIL - Tract B: An exhibition in the historic prison in Meißen"; 2014: "Body Matters," Exhibition Catalog, Rottstr5 KUNSTHALLEN, Bochum.; "ROHMATERIAL," Artist's book by students and alumni of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden.
- I want my ideal paste – Zine, 2017 (editor and graphic design); Jaily Mail Newspaper – Exhibition catalogue (graphic design); Strike Magazine – Strike Newspaper for the conference Streik/Arbeit, 2016 (graphic design)