Marnie Slater (b. 1980, Wellington, New Zealand) is a visual artist who lives in Brussels. Marnie’s work engages with multiple formats, including sculpture, collaboration, writing, performance, painting and installation. Alongside her solo activities, Marnie is part of the All the Cunning Stunts, co-curator of Buenos Tiempos Int., co-editor of Girls Like Us magazine, and an occasional editor of books. Marnie graduated with her MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2010.
In late 2014, she visited Jersey island. This was a moment to explore Jersey Archive, which holds Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore’s photographic work and personal ephemera. Cahun and her partner Moore left Paris and the surrealist community there to live on the island of Jersey just before World War II. During their time on Jersey, the women made a large series of heavily staged photographs — Moore behind the camera, Cahun often in front — that explicitly revealed the domestic context of their staging. For Marnie’s journey to the archive, certain preparations needed to be made. She used the residency period at RUPERT to develop and construct a series of costumes for her visit to the Jersey Archive.