Anja Mahler is a visual artist and archivist by trade. She holds a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design and has developed a successful practice in the field of time-based art. The essential element of her work is the passage and manipulation of time through the expressive use of moving image technology and the human body.
In her practice she has worked with a range of curators, artists, filmmakers and collectives on a variety of projects and exhibitions. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and most recently she was awarded the Next Generation Artist Award.
Her video works and expanded cinema performances have been described as ‘seductive and engrossing, drawing the visitor in, almost folding them into their world of organic precision’.‘The concept of progress is embedded in her practice as a physical act that she employs to unravel her subject matter’. Mahler is said to be ‘absorbing herself into the work, identifying herself as medium’. Her work has exhibited nationally and was subject to reviews in Paper Visual Art Journal, Irish Arts Review and Circa Arts Magazine.
As an archivist, Anja’s background is in cultural heritage with an in-depth understanding of the history, conservation, preservation and restoration of moving image. She previously worked at the IFI Irish Film Archive and currently works as an archivist for the Digital Repository of Ireland a trusted national infrastructure for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data.