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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Marc Ohrem-Leclef

Marc
Ohrem-Leclef

SPE Member since 2015
Member Chapter: Northeast

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
'Seu' Barão and Tiago, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro, 2013

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
OLYMPIC FAVELA Film Poster, 2016 (theatrical version)Untitled

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
OLYMPIC FAVELA

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
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Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
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Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
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Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
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Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
Football team, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
UntitleGoal and Chandan stopped on their bike commute, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
BW photograph from Negative

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

SPE member since 2015
UnFriends Chotu and Rajan leaving the temple, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 2017
Color photograph from Negative

about

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).

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