Marc  Kiska

Commemoration Day 2008

Born in France in 1983 Marc Kiska was raised by schoolteachers in a small town close to Saint-Etienne. The shame and denial and confusion of being different in so many ways, including the discovery of his homosexuality, all strongly marked his world-view and values. As an adolescent he was deeply attracted to underground culture: alternative lifestyles, romanticizing decadence, and rebellion. All of which has deeply influenced his work. As a quiet, introverted, boy Kiska started writing at the age of 14. In love with fantasy and the wonders, with dreams and the inner, troubled worlds of youngsters doubting, opposing and distrusting the hollow, grave reality of adulthood. Disillusioned by a lack of substantial mirroring and genuine ideals, he absorbed himself with the outlands of normality: a Kaspar Hauser falling in love with Arthur Rimbaud who promises something more somewhere else.
Kiska wasn't ultimately satisfied by his writing, and at the age of 20, he started taking a fast growing interest in photography; discovering a whole new dimension in which he could express himself. He started taking photos to illustrate his short stories and he immediately connected to the lens and found great passion in this new dimension to explore and communicate his vision and inner enterprise. One of his first shoots (2004) was literally inside the walls of the City Hall of Oslo where he worked as a cook. He discovered there small secret passages inside some of the walls. This portrays his artistic identity. Revealing itself in that space, mysterious, hidden in between parentheses and brackets, barely sheltered from the numb and rigid institutional charade playing out on the other side of those duplexed walls.
Before his debut novel Les Vestiges d’Alice (2009) Kiska focused on short stories. After 10 years of art photography he launched his photobook Outlandish /Room/ (2014) which garnered attention in several countries.