Kirstin Burckhardt (b. in South Africa) is a visual artist combining video and performance, sound and word. Critically drawing upon her training in psychology and neuroscience, her art work addresses power dynamics related to the body. Her artistic research ties together notions of vulnerability, empathy, trans-generational trauma, and imaginative potentials. Especially in recent years, her solo and collaborative work has explored the term “Body Dis*Ownership” and the production and performance of “mine = me”. In that, she has founded the Body Map Institute and has developed the interdisciplinary and international project own own body own together with the choreographer Brenda I. Steinecke Soto.

She studied fine arts in Hamburg (Germany), Lyon (France) and Hangzhou (China). Simultaneously, she obtained her masters-level psychology degree at the University of Hamburg. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions at Deichtorhallen/Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg (2018), Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Festival of Future Nows 2017->∞ (2017), Exploratorio in Medellín, Colombia (2017), and Kunsthaus Hamburg (2016). She has collaborated closely with performing and visual artists from China and Colombia and has received working grants by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), the Goethe Institute Bogotá, and the city of Hamburg’s ‘Elbkulturfonds’ and ‘Arbeitsstipendium’ (working grant).


Fine Arts (MFA), University of Fine Arts Hamburg HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste)  
Psychology (BSc and MSc), University of Hamburg. Key areas: clinical psychology, neuroscience  
Mar–Oct 2013
China Academy of Art Hangzhou (China)  
Oct 2010–Oct 2011
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (FR)

Stipends and Residencies (selected)

– Artist in Residency to collaborate with Lisa W Carlson, KKV, Härnösand, Sweden
– Artist in Residency with Anne Gathmann and Anna-Lena Wenzel, The Watch, Berlin  
– Artist in Residency, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand, Norway  
Collaboration residency with Lisa W Carlson, Sweden
– Funding of own own body own with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto by: Elbkulturfonds, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Goethe Institut Bogotá, Alcadia de Medellín  
– One-year working grant 2017 (Arbeitsstipendium bildende Kunst) by the city of Hamburg  
– Traveling grants for a research residency at the Fundación Espacio Arte in Medellín, Colombia: Institut für Auslandsbeziehung (ifa) & Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg (Office for Art and Media – International Cultural Exchange)  
Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin  
Artist in Residency, Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten, Cuxhaven  
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)
Studio grant, 100 Ateliers für Hamburg  
Residency and study grant, Karl H. Ditze Foundation  

Solo, 2-person and Collaborative Shows (selected)

spelling/spilling out possession – Kirstin Burckhardt performs a text by Jonathan Echeverri Zuluaga, cur. Anke Völk (l’oiseau presente), Haus der Statistik, Berlin
the movement our lips make to curl into language, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand, Norway  
Invisible Spaces I, Kirstin Burckhardt & Tom Früchtl, Bar K, Berlin  
» What do I feel when I feel your pain? «, MOM art space, Hamburg  
own own body own, performative video-installation with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto, Mojo Club Hamburg  
It is probited to sit, stand or lie on the autopsy tables / Es ist untersagt, auf den Sektionstischen zu stehen, zu sitzen oder zu liegen, sight-specific intervention with Lara Bogatay, Daniela Böttcher, Dinah Büchner, Marie Golücke, Sophia Guttenhöfer, Raha Emami Khansari, Nicola Riede, 05/03/2018, in the context of the conference Material Cultures of Psychiatry, Großer Sektionssaal, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Hamburg
small-scale spectacle, performance with Lisa Rykena, hinterconti Gallery, Hamburg  
– things untold // como un cuerpo, performance with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto, Exploratorio, Medellín (COL)  
TIDE潮汐, exhibition at the artist residency Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten, Cuxhaven  
*anghu- „eng, bedrängend“ (-> Angst), art in public spaces commissioned by the city of Heide in collaboration with Birke Baumann  
Folgendes zeigt: Kirstin Burckhardt, Folgendes Exhibition Space at HFBK
Sicht sammeln, Kunstverein Hildesheim (cat.)

Group Shows (selected)

Something Between Us, (March-May), KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
Something Between Us (June-Sept), Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg
Live broadcast of audio piece by artists in residents of The Watch Berlin, cashmere radio, Berlin
Body in Pieces, performing Grow a Body with Gloria Höckner, KAI10|Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf  
36. und 37. Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium für Bildende Kunst zu Gast bei der Sammlung Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen/Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg  
BETT, performance with Dania Burger and Eli Skatvedt, Mädchenkammer Berlin  
Festival of Future Nows 2017 -> ∞, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin  
Shades of Today – Picking up the Pieces Post-Truth, performance Grow a Body with Gloria Höckner, Centrum, Berlin  
Shades of Today – Picking up the Pieces Post-Truth, 48h Neukölln, Centrum, Berlin  
Ars loci 2017, exhibition and art prize (nomination) by the Neuhoff-Fricke Foundation for the promotion of the arts and sciences and the city of Nienburg  
Nominee exhibition of the city of Hamburg working grant
(Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst), Kunsthaus Hamburg  
Fraud, Fake and Fame – Goldrausch 2016, St. Johannes-Evangelist, Berlin
– ¶, Hinterconti Hamburg  
SETTLERS, Gallery of the HFBK Hamburg (cat.) curated by Julie Gufler & Julia Metropolit
Your current location is temporarily unavailable, graduate exhibition at HFBK Hamburg  
On Fiber and Space Art, Sanshang Contemporary Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China  
5th Open Studios, scholarship holders of the Art School Alliance Grant, studios Karolinenviertel Hamburg  
Mullican Klasse, Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin  
Soirée Flare #17, short-film festival of the European art and film academies, Montpellier, France  
Let’s get down to business, École de Commerce, Grenoble, France  
zu Fuß, Frappant Hamburg

Publications & Artist Talks

Interview on Body Ownership, Radiosalon für Alltägliches, radio interview with Anna-Lena Wenzel and Julia Bonn,  
Dort, wo der Körper stattfindet, catalog published on the occasion of the Working Grant (Arbeitsstipendium) 2017 by the city of Hamburg  
Artist Talk with Ludwig Seyfarth on the occasion of the show What do I feel when I feel your pain?, MOM Art Space, Hamburg  
Empathy Pain No-Pla-cebo, self-published artist zine on the occasion of the Festival of Future Nows, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, sold at Buchhandlung Walther König, Berlin  
Untitled (antlers), catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition Fraud, Fake and Fame – Goldrausch 2016, Berlin 2016  
SETTLERS, catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition series The Waves, HFBK Materialverlag, Hamburg 2014  
Sicht sammeln, catalog published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Sicht sammeln, Kunstverein Hildesheim 2012  

Collective, membership, advocacy

since 2019
I, too, part II, Was ist Kunst wert? Symposium at Kunsthaus Hamburg, active member in the initiative for fair wages to artists  
since 2018
Body Ensemble, collaborative with the choreographer Brenda I. Steinecke Soto  
Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung in Deutschland / Society for artistic research in Germany, founding member  

Research important to me

Work retreat to collaborate with Lisa W Carlson, Öland, Sweden
The World is Sound, three-week intense program on voice exploration and development through movement for performance artist, Berlin
Self-organized research stay, Sea Ranch, California