Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley (Detroit, 1954 - Los Angeles, 2012) studied at the University of Michigan and then the California Institute of the Arts, where he finished his studies in 1978. Almost immediately, he defined what would become the principal themes of his work: the American cultural myth of the superhero, the idea of a harmonious utopia, the dream of a better life, nostalgia for a ‘lost paradise’, adolescent traumas, and the syndrome of repressed memory. One of Kelley’s most noted projects is Educational Complex (1995) in which he critiqued the rigidity of the education experienced by all members of society: the educational orders dictated by schools, religions, families, which are imposed according to inflexible criteria and extreme rules, and which can unleash psychological traumas in adolescence, with terrible effects.