Vika Kirchenbauer

Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist and writer currently working and residing in Berlin. In her work, she explores the theme of opacity and its relation to representations of the “other.” She uses ostensibly contradictory methods like exaggerated explicitness in order to showcase the habit of oversharing or the perversions of participatory culture. Vika examines the troublesome nature of “looking” and “being looked at” in larger contexts such as the world of labor in a post-fordist world and the experience economy. She explores themes such as modern drone warfare and its insistence on unilateral staring, the power relationships of psychiatry, performer/spectator relations, contemporary art display, and queer representational politics, which is why her work is also interested in the everyday life experience of ambiguously gendered individuals. Her art has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts in about forty countries and has won prizes at festivals in the United States, South Korea, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Norway, Slovakia, Poland, Bosnia, and Italy.