• Verena KYSELKA, Germany

Verena KYSELKA, Germany

Lives and works in Berlin

Her artistic work on the alternative art scene of East Germany at the end of the 1980’s. During this time she created music, performances and paintings and cofounded together with the feminist artist group Exterra XX. In defiance of everyday life under socialism, the group lent individual dreams provocative artistic forms that were combinations of poetry, sounds, clothing, painting and movement.

She played violin, used painting to visualize the sound and performend with dress-objects wich created sound. The performances with Exterra XX became more frequent and touched on politically explosive themes relating to the collapse of the GDR and the ensuing search for a new identity, new values and a new direction.

From 1997 to 2003 she studied art at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Since that time she worked with video and performance installations. In the last few years, her art has increasingly focused on issues of recent history and its effects on identity, topics she has explored in several intercultural conceptual projects in countries such as Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, India and Taiwan.

Selected last exhibitions and performances:

2014 Traces of Indigo, 1 Shanti Road, Bangalore India, 2013 Territories. beyond desire, Gallery futura, Berlin, 2013 Britto International Art, Shipakala Academy Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2013 re.act Performing Archive, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2013/12 Dying Eyes, China Academy of Arts HangZhou, China, Museum of Medical Humanities Taipei, Taiwan, Schmiede Media Art Festival, Hallein, Austria, 2012 Ambiguous Being, tamtam artspace; Berlin, Kuv16, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, Hong Gah Museum Taipei, Taiwan, 2011 Imagine the future, Artobia Art Space, Hualien, Taiwan, 2010 Bouche a’ Oreille, savvy contemporary, Berlin, 2009 und jetzt. Künstlerinnen aus der DDR, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Transcaucasian Identification, Museum of Modern Art Yerevan, Armenia, 2008 Territory of Intimacy//Forbidden Kisses, National Gallery Tirana, Albania, 2008 re.act.feminism-performanceart, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Verena KYSELKA. Dance of Recycling. 1991.