Annika Kahrs
APR - MAR 2019

Annika Kahrs bio © Helge Mundt

Annika Kahrs is an artist who primarily works with film, performance and installation. In her work she examines representation and interpretation; she is interested in both social and scientific constructs, as well as evolved organic relations such as those between humans and animals. Her films oscillate between obvious staging and documentary-like observation; she is curious – measuring the environment, adding and subtracting – and she never hides herself in the film, even if her presence is only revealed in a short glance from an actor to the director.

Kahrs videos are like composed choreographies. Music often plays a role in her films, not only presented pictorially or on the audio track, but converted into image; through her selection and the ensuing adjustments during the process of editing partitur turns to film, and, subsequently, this film as partitur can turn into another film in the viewer‘s mind. (Text: Andreas Reihse, Image Movement)

Annika Kahrs (born, 1984) lives and works in Hamburg & Berlin. She has been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships including the VG-Award in 2017, Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2018, and the George-Maciunas-Förderpreis in 2012, donated by René Block.Kahrs has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, On the Road exhibition in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Brazil, Hamburger Kunsthalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Flat Time House, London, and the Velada de Santa Lucia Festival in Maracaibo, Venezuela.