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).