Stéphane Bauer, born in 1962 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, has been director of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien since 2002.
Bauer studied sociology, politology, and economics and psychology in Bonn and Berlin. He worked for the Bundesverband Studentischer Kulturarbeit in Bonn (State association for student cultural work in Bonn), and as a freelancer at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (Academy of arts, Berlin) at the institute for cultural mediation and has been director of the Kunstamt Kreuzberg since 1990. Since 2002 Bauer has regularly led cultural mediation seminars for the Goethe Institute Berlin. His projects and workshops have entailed visits to numerous countries, including Ghana, Serbia, USA, Israel, Egypt, France, Palestine and Brazil.
Since 1994, Stéphane Bauer has curated exhibitions in Kunstamt Kreuzberg, the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildenden Kunst e.V. (NGBK Berlin) and the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Including: “Jetzt lächeln! Atelierfotografie am Beispiel Mathesie. “Jetzt lächeln! Atelierfotografie am Beispiel Mathesie. Eine Enzyklopädie”, “Die tödliche Doris – Kunst”, a first monographic exhibition by the renowned cross-over artists group, “Mysliwska” (exhibition about the legendary artists’ bar in Berlin, with Franz Ackermann, Daniel Pflumm and others), “Dia/Slide/Transparency”, “Auf offener Straße” (exhibition about making the city visible through social action), “Over the Moon” (exhibition about “strong feelings”, with, among others, Martin Eder, Kerstin Drechsel, Birgit Brenner), “Wonderyears – Zur Rolle des Nationalsozialismus in der israelischen Gesellschaft” (on the role of national socialism in Israeli society), “When Love turns to Poison” (about the dark side of love and sexuality with Françoise Cactus, Thomas Hauser, Stu Mead and others), “SEXWORK Kunst Mythos Realität” (‘Sexwork art myth reality’ – about prostitution).
Together with Adrian Nabi, Bauer has been responsible for the international street art project “Backjumps. Urbane Kommunikation und Ästhetik” (Backjumps. Urban communication and aesthetics) since 2003. In 2007 he curated a project on the theme of “Spazierengehen als Kunstform” (walking as a form of art) in collaboration with Christine Heidemann.