Perception, social constructs, (power) relations, nature and transformation are recurring subjects in the multifaceted work of Chrischa Venus Oswald. The artist draws her inspiration from different fields such as rituals and ancient mythology, poetry or magic as well as language and communication. She incorporates aspects of  symbolism, documentation or psychology into her performances, photographic and video works or mixed media collages, which are characterized by the intention to artistically investigate and reflect the Conditio Humana and behavior or scenarios resulting from it.


I´m alive

 

Chrischa Venus Oswald (b. 20.11.1984)
Currently mostly living and working in Lisbon & Berlin.

Education/
Residency

2019 Artist Residency in Mexico City
2017 Studio Residency in Lisbon (Oct-Dec) at Olho de Boi
2015 ACSA Summeracademy (Class of Julieta Aranda), Berlin
2011 Diploma Fine Arts, University of Art and Design Linz (A), with honour (Mag. art.)
2006 - 2011  Fine Arts, University of Art and Design Linz (A),
 with Vadim Fishkin and Andrea van der Straeten
2009 - 2011  Living and working in Munich 

Awards/
Collections

Diesel New Art Award Austria, Photo Category, 2007
a.o. Videocollection of Manuel de Santaren, Boston/Washington


Soloshows

2018
Solo-Show featuring "TRUE" (Dec,Bari/Italy) more tba

2015
ONE – AN/OTHER, Muratcentoventidue, Bari (IT)
WHITE/OUT/SIDE, Kunsthalle Linz, Linz (AT),
in collaboration with Botanischer Garten Linz

2007
Being, Exit-Gallery, Claire de Rouen, London (GB)

Groupshows/Projects (selected)

2018
Screening of “Asylum”, Siena/Italy – in the context of the nomadic project “Free Wall Needed”, curated by Giuseppe Ruffo
"TRUE" @ FILE Videoart Festival São Paulo (BR)
‘The One Who Teeters on The Brink Of Disaster’, Capri by Night/Schauspielhaus Köln during February, curated by Eli Cortinas and with Stine Marie Jacobsen, Ana Alenso, Elodie Pong, Glenda León, Agnieszka Polska, Pauline Curnier Jardin (D)

2017
FAIR. / FairPlay during Art Basel Miami Beach, initiated by Spinello Projects, Co-curated by Micol Hebron
Video-Screening, M31, Berlin (D)
Reading/Launch of  "SAL ~ SOL ; SOLO" (Salt, Sun, Soil) at Lothringer Halle, Munich (D)
"Das Ernste Zelt" with Sascha Brylla, Marlene Zoe Burz, Matthias Esch, Manuel Kirsch, Linda Kuhn, Martin Maeller and Björn Streeck, Humboldt Carré, Berlin (D)
Reading/Launch of "SAL ~ SOL ; SOLO" (Salt, Sun, Soil) at Aperto Room, Berlin (D)
Reading & launch of publication "SAL ~ SOL ; SOLO" in Lisbon at  (PT)
Screening at "Cleaning & Value", Workshop, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/Main (D)
"Mountains", Muratcentoventidue, Bari (IT) with Janet Biggs, Rikke Flensberg, Helena Wittmann (IT)

2016
Proyector Videoart Festival, Madrid (ES)
FUSO Videoart-Festival, MAAT, Lisboa (PT)
Chalton Gallery, London (UK)
Video Stripping, CENTRUM, Berlin (D)
Femmes' Video Art Festival 2, LACE, Los Angeles (US)
Femmes' Video Art Festival 2, Situation Room, L.A. (US)
They don´t think in time, We don´t think in history, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
Fallow – A Mini Reading Series, Coven Berlin

2015
Tech Art Expo, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin
"Mother", Muratcentoventidue, Bari/Italy
with Rita Casdia, Elisabetta Di Sopra, Anahita Hekmat, Jenna Pippett, Karen Trask

2014
"Family Matters" with Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Hans Op de Beeck, Thomas Struth, Jim Campbell, John Clang,Guy Ben-Ner, Courtney Kessel, Ottonella Mocellin+Nicola Pellegrini, Trish Morrissey @ CCC Strozzina, Florence
"The Ones We Love" Groupshow, Des Moines
"The Ones We Love" Groupshow, Vienna

2013
»extra — experimental trails« - Festival für experimentelle Film- und Videokunst, d21, Leipzig
2nd OZON International Video Art Festival, Katowice, Poland
"So you think you can tell heaven from Hell", Berlin, Groupshow with Jonas von Ostrowski, Josef Knoll, Sarah Lehnerer, Johannes Tassilo Walter, Leo Lencsés
"Bodied Spaces", Gallery Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
"Never Odd or Even", Team Titanic, Berlin

2012
“The Eye of the Collector”, Selected works of the Manuel De Santaren Collection, Villa delle Rose (MAMbo), Bologna (with Maria Josè Arjona, Niklas Goldbach, Jesse Aron Green, William Lamson, McCallum and Tarry, Hans Op de Beeck, Luigi Presicce, Isabel Rocamora, Janaina Tschäpe)

Video Art-Screening, Soho House, Berlin

2010
"International Departure: Gate 10", Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
"Deep:art"-Project, Miuggia

2009
"Dreamers", Ei'kon, Aarhus

2008
Videokollektion @ VIENNABIENNALE 08, Vienna
"Fallen/fallen", F/Stop Photo Festival Leipzig
"(KOLAPS) #1" Recyclart, Brussels
"Ich habe nicht genug ihr matten Augen", Universal Cube, Leipzig
"Tinyvices"-Show curated by Tim Barber, NY Photo Festival
IDEAL Berlin Show, Café Moskau, Berlin
DNA-Austria Winners 2007, das weiße haus, Vienna

2007
„Trust me“, F/Stop 1st International Festival for Photography, Leipzig
„Catfish“, Rotating Gallery, NYBar


Bibliography (selected)

"SAL ~ SOL ; SOLO", Poetry & photographs inspired by Portugal and the Portuguese language (PT/EN), Hooligan Katharsis, 2017

„Questioni di Famiglia“, ISBN 978-88-7461-224-6 Italian/English, Catalogue accompanying the show „Family Matters“, CCCS Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, 2014

„The eye of the collector“, Opere di Video Arte dalla Collezione Manuel de Santaren, 2012
ISBN 978-88-8460-262-6

"A Book of Beds" published by Foam Magazine, 2011
ISBN 9789070516222

Nofound Bedroom, Kaugummi Books, 2009

The Collector´s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation, 2009
 ISBN-13: 9780979642500, ISBN-10: 0979642507

F/Stop 1st  international Photography Festival Leipzig 2007

F/Stop 2nd international Photography Festival Leipzig 2008, published by Zweitausendeins
ISBN 3861508745

"Various Photographs" edited by Tim Barber, 2008