Swaantje Güntzel

b 1972 Soest, Germany. Lives and works in Hamburg.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Her work addresses the alienated relationship between humanity and nature. She exposes the inconsistencies of our actions and the hypocrisy of our value system, drawing attention to the unthinking exploitation of animals and the environment in the industrialized global economy.
For several years now she has been dealing with the various facets of anthropogenic pollution of the oceans with an emphasis on phenomena such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (garbage vortex in the Pacific Ocean), the emergence of the „plastisphere“ and microplastics. Recently she has started to work on human generated noise pollution of the oceans and its impact on marine fauna.
Much of her work is inspired by scientific research.
She works across a range of different disciplines such as performance, sculpture, installation, photography, sound and video.

Vita

Education:
  • 2005 – 2008 Assistant to Andreas Slominski
  • 2005 – 2007 Postgraduate Studies Fine Art, School of Fine Arts Hamburg, Germany
  • 1994 – 2001 Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Bonn, Germany
Awards:
  • 2016 Artist in Residence // Work Grant Glasslåven, Norway* Residency #1 ARTECITYA//Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, Greece *
  • 2015 ars loci 2015 Art Award//Neuhoff-Fricke Foundation for the Promotion of Arts and Science Artist in Residence Ricklundgården, Saxnäs, Sweden*
  • 2013 Research Grant, Danish Arts Foundation Artist in Residence platform Vaasa, Finland* Artist in Residency, RONDO – Atelierstipendium, Styria, Graz, Austria
  • 2011 Artist in Residence Ingmar Bergman Estate, Fårö, Sweden DIVA (Danish International Visiting Artists Exchange Programme), Danish Arts Council
  • 2010 Artist in Residence kunstGarten Graz, Austria Travel Grant, Kulturbehörde Hamburg
  • 2009 Project Grant Goethe Institut Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
  • 2004 Project Grant Goethe Institut La Paz, Bolivia
Exhibitions:
  • 2016 PLASTISPHERE, Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2014 spring cleaning II/Fårö Sweden/PERSONA On-Screen GROUND, Nicosia, Cyprus Aktion #31 Plastisphäre, Kunstraum 2025, Hamburg
  • 2013 plastisphere, PAiN - Performance Art i Norr, Västerbotten, Sweden BLUMENSCHIESSEN II/CITY-Graz, Austrian Sculpturenpark, Graz, Austria Larmes de sirène, SchauRaum Harburg
  • 2012 BLUMENSCHIESSEN, Galerie Dynamo Expo, Enschede, Netherlands BLUMENSCHIESSEN//overhanging fruit, GrensWerte Euregio, Borderland D-NL Instant Pets, gadeWe - Galerie des Westens, Bremen, Germany solstice fern, PAiN, Performance Art i Norr, Norrbotten, Sweden
  • 2011 spring cleaning, Ingmar Bergman Estate, Fårö, Sweden
  • 2010 survival gardening, X-Bunker Sonderborg, Denmark Anthropozän, Joachim Rong Galerie, Berlin
  • 2007 the age of plastic, GalerieXprssns, Hamburg
GROUP SHOWS
  • 2016 When did we stop playing?, ART350/Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey Plastic - Material without Memory, Künstlerhaus FRISE Hamburg, Germany Y - WHY ? Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin, Germany Plastic Obsession, UBA/Umweltbundesamt Dessau, Germay Plastic Fantastic ? Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA
  • 2015 Perform Now! Performance Festival Winterthur, Switzerland Tskaltubo Art Festival/Art as Foundation (CH), Georgia ARTweek Aabenraa 2015, Denmark Kunstlandschaft5, Mestlin, Germany DIALOG/Triennial of Photography/Hamburg, Das kleine Schwarze, Hamburg, Germany Award Exhibition ars loci 2015//Zeitgeist, Rathaus Nienburg/Weser
  • 2014 PPP* - Festival *Past Present Perform Wesphalia, Germany MUTTERBODER//MODER JORD, Intervention German-Danish borderland GrensWerteWeltAusstellung, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany
  • 2013 greenart2, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Germany the end of the world-or why the world won´t end? Performance Festival, platform Vaasa, Finland* FULL OF LIFE, Das kleine Schwarze, Hamburg, Germany Massnahmen zur Rettung der Welt Teil II, rotor – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Graz, A nature mort(e)? RONDO-Stipediatinnen stellen aus Hirt-Haus Atelier, Graz-Scheifing, Austria
  • 2012 Landschaften, SchauRaum Harburg, Germany Up the trees, Kunstmuseet Brundlund Slot, Aabenraa, Denmark ARTweek Aabenraa EXTRA! 2012, Denmark flotsam & jetsam, TACTIC Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • 2011 dual nature, exhibition space ARTweek Aabenraa, Denmark overhanging fruit/Kunst trifft Kohl, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany
  • 2010 urban wild, kunstGarten Graz, Austria autotroph, Loki Schmidt Haus Hamburg, Germany Teile des Ganzen, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2009 Hector-Förderpreisausstellung, Kunsthalle Mannheim, participating at Vitales Archiv Reconstructed Zone, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, participating at Vitales Archiv Lange Kunstnacht Schwäbisch Hall/Goethe Institut Schwäbisch Hall, Germany Natur-Mensch, Nationalpark Harz, St. Andreasberg, Germany Galerie Banegården Kunst og Kultur, Aabenraa, Denmark ARTweek Aabenraa, Denmark Das Paradies - ein verbotener Garten? kunst in kontakt/Gartenregion Hannover 2009, Germany Kunstfrühling Bremen09, participating at Vitales Archiv Waldland, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung MV, Rostock, Germany
  • 2008 Urban Jealousy, 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Iran Utopie des Raums, National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • 2007 poliflur 01/01, Berlin, Germany TILL forever! Bomann Museum/Kunstmuseum Celle, Germany Paulas Kinder, Büro für Kunst, Bremen, Germany Galerie im Park, Lange Nacht der Museen, Bremen, Germany
  • 2005 FELDER Goethe Institut Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
  • 2004 Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst/Cochabamba, Bolivia

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