Vika Kirchenbauer


Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, filmmaker, writer and music producer who explores opacity in relation to representation of the ʻotheredʼ, and discusses the role of emotions in contemporary art, labour and politics. With particular focus on affective subject formation, Kirchenbauer examines violence as it attaches to different forms of visibility and invisibility, and considers the ways in which subjects are implicated in and situated within institutional power structures.

Her work has received wide-ranging international attention, including a recent solo exhibition of Kirchenbauer’s work, titled “FEELINGS THAT MOVE NOWHERE” at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Her films and installations have been exhibited in group shows and screenings at, among others, the Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; the Berlin International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently, Kirchenbauer received the EMAF Award, the German Short Film Award, and the German Film Critics Award. Other awards include the Kunstfonds Stipend, the Villa Aurora Los Angeles Fellowship, and the Visual Arts Working Stipend of the Berlin Senate.

Image: Vika Kirchenbauer, "The Island of Perpetual Tickling", 2018, © Vika Kirchenbauer/VG Bild-Kunst



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