Kirstin Burckhardt (b. in South Africa) is a visual artist combining video and performance, sound and spoken word. Critically drawing upon her training in psychology and neuroscience, her art work addresses power dynamics related to the body in context. She cares about notions of vulnerability, empathy, trauma, and changing perspectives. Especially in recent years, she has questioned the term “Body Ownership” and the complex interplay between the perception and production of “mine = me”.

 

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’ (a one-year working grant).

 

 

Education
2007–2014
Fine Arts (MFA), University of Fine Arts Hamburg HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste)
 
2008–2015
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)

 

2019
Artist in residency, Galleri Ask, Åsgårdstrand, Norway
 
Artist in residency with Anne Gathmann and Anna-Lena Wenzel, The Watch, Berlin
 
2018
Funding of own own body own with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto by: Elbkulturfonds, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Goethe Institut Bogotá, Alcadia de Medellín
 
2017
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)
 
2016
Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin
 
2015
Artist in Residence, Künstlerhaus im Schlossgarten, Cuxhaven
 
2008–2015
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)
 
2014–2015
Studio grant, 100 Ateliers für Hamburg
 
2013
Residency and study grant, Karl H. Ditze Foundation
 
Solo, 2-person and Collaborative Shows (selected)
 
2019
Invisible Spaces I, Kirstin Burckhardt & Tom Früchtl, Bar K, Berlin
 
2018
» 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, 2018
 
2017
small-scale spectacle, performance with Lisa Rykena, hinterconti Gallery, Hamburg
 
things untold // como un cuerpo, performance with Brenda I. Steinecke Soto, Exploratorio, Medellín (COL)
 
2015
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
 
2014
Folgendes zeigt: Kirstin Burckhardt, Folgendes Exhibition Space at HFBK
 
2012
Sicht sammeln, Kunstverein Hildesheim (cat.)
 
Group Shows (selected)

 

2019
Body in Pieces, performing Grow a Body with Gloria Höckner, KAI10-Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
 
2018
36. und 37. Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium für Bildende Kunst zu Gast bei der Sammlung Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen/Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
 
2017
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
 
2016
Nominee exhibition of the city of Hamburg working grant 2017 (Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst), Kunsthaus Hamburg
 
Fraud, Fake and Fame – Goldrausch 2016, St. Johannes-Evangelist, Berlin
 
2014
¶, 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
 
2013
 
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
 
2012
Mullican Klasse, Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin
 
2011
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
 
2010
zu Fuß, Frappant Hamburg

 
Publications & Artist Talks
2019
Interview on Body Ownership, Radiosalon für Alltägliches, radio interview with Anna-Lena Wenzel and Julia Bonn, reboot.fm
 
2018
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
 
2017
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
 
2016
Untitled (antlers), catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition Fraud, Fake and Fame – Goldrausch 2016, Berlin 2016
 
2014
SETTLERS, catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition series The Waves, HFBK Materialverlag, Hamburg 2014
 
2012
Sicht sammeln, catalog published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Sicht sammeln, Kunstverein Hildesheim 2012