Marianne Marić was born in 1982 in Mulhouse in eastern France, and now she lives both in her birthplace and in Paris. Marić decided to become an artist after an incident in her childhood; she was ten years old when she saw François Truffaut’s film “The Wild Child” and was inspired to run away from home into the forest. The next day a forest ranger brought her back to her parents. On that occasion she promised herself to seek a career as an artist so that she would be able to act out her fantasies without anyone stopping her.
Filles de l’Est (Girls of the East) is a personal picture series taken with an insider/outsider perspective. Marić’s father, and his half of the family, come from Bosnia. In 2012 Marić arrived in Sarajevo to take up a photo residence at an art gallery. This was when she started working on the series, still an ongoing project, where Marić portrays girls and women from the former Yugoslavia. Marić came to a badly scarred Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country undergoing reconstruction, with a painful past that she shared. When Marić was twelve years old, her sister Yéléna died suddenly, causing a silence to spread in the family. With her artistic practice Marić sought to break the silence and confront her history and that of her family. As the country was healing, she wanted to heal herself by investigating and recreating memories and narratives.
Marić has established herself as an artist who lets several different media merge. At times she depicts the female body as if it were sculpture or architecture. Her art picks up currents from fashion and entertainment, moving between darkness and zest for life. Marić works in a tradition of symbolism and surrealism; when creating pictures she is firmly rooted in photographic history while simultaneously renewing it.