February 6, 2018

Artist talk: Hito Steyerl

Yale School of Art

View of Hito Steyerl, Hell Yeah We Fuck Die, Skulptur Projekte Munster 2017. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery.

Hito Steyerl is a Hayden Distinguished Fellow at the Yale School of Art. Her work explores the divisions between art, philosophy, and politics as addressed in her recently released book, Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War (Verso). Steyerl is a Professor for experimental film and video and the co-founder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at the Berlin University of the Arts. She studied cinematography and documentary film in Tokyo and Munich and wrote her doctoral thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her research focuses on media, technology and the distribution of images. In her texts, performances and essayist documentary films Hito Steyerl deals with postcolonial criticism and feminist criticism of representational logic. She works at the intersections of visual art and film as well as theory and practice.

Hito Steyerl has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2015); ICA, London, UK; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013); the ArtInstitute of Chicago (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2010); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2009); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2008). Group exhibitions include the German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy; CAC Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); Cut to Swipe, Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Darknet, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Bienal de la Imagen en Movimento, Goethe- Institut Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archeology, MCA Chicago; Nine Artists, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Bergen Triennial, Bergen, Norway; Venice Biennale (2013); Taipei Biennial; Gwangju Biennial (2010); documenta 12, Kassel (2007) and Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004).

This fellowship has been made possible by the Hayden Fund for Art and Ideas intended to bring internationally renowned artists and cultural producers to the Yale School of Art.

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