Marc Ohrem-Leclef, a MacDowell Colony Fellow (2018), was born in Dusseldorf (Germany).
Following civil service as EMT, Marc studied Communication Design at Darmstadt University (Germany). After graduating with a B.A., presenting an artist book of photographs from Jamaica, West Indies, he relocated to Nyc and founded a commercial photo studio.
Shooting for advertising clients for over a decade, Marc returned to his visual arts practice after reading about large scale evictions of residents in favela communities in Rio de Janeiro–where he had previously worked–ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Since then, his engagement is with underrepresented, marginalized communities and through his socially engaged work addresses identity and community through portraiture, video and text:
For the photography and video project OLYMPIC FAVELA (2012-2016) Marc collaborated with residents of Rio's favelas to create interventional gestures to visualize resistance against forced evictions ahead of the Olympic Games.
The monograph OLYMPIC FAVELA was named "best of 2014" by AmericanPhoto Magazine, and the short documentary film OLYMPIC FAVELA premiered at Seattle Intl. Film Festival 2016.
Ohrem-Leclef's work has been exhibited in Brazil, Germany, India, Spain, the UK and US, and is held in the collections of Museo de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, and David Dechman, NYC.
It has been reviewed in publications such as Artnews, Artforum, BBC, Brit. Journal of Photography, Citylab, Der Spiegel, GUP, Hyperallergic, PDN, Slate, The NewYorker, Out.
Marc's speaking and teaching engagements include:
Columbia University, Nassau Community College and Packer Collegiate Institute, LJŠkolaFilma (Croatia), Regional/National Conferences with Society for Photography Educators, SPE (2016, 2018).