Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, writer and music producer based in Berlin. In her work she examines violence as it attaches to different forms of visibility and invisibility, and considers the ways in which subjects are implicated in and situated within societal power structures. Often relating personal and collective memory/non-remembrance to the politics of spectatorship, Kirchenbauer’s work continuously negotiates the role of affects in the field of contemporary art and questions the ways in which marginalized bodies become experienceable in exhibition spaces.

Most recently, comprehensive solo exhibitions of Kirchenbauer’s work have been presented at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2021); and at Kunstverein Kevin Space, Vienna (2021). Her videos and installations have been exhibited
in numerous group shows and screenings at, among others, the Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan (2021); the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2020); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2019); the Berlin International Film Festival (2020), the New York Film Festival (2021, ‘20) and the Toronto International Film Festival (2021). For her work UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS (2020), Vika Kirchenbauer received the EMAF Award, the German Short Film Award and the German Film Critics Award. In 2016, her video work SHE WHOSE BLOOD IS CLOTTING IN MY UNDERWEAR was awarded the Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Other awards include the Kunstfonds Stipend (2020), the Villa Aurora Los Angeles Fellowship (2018), and the Visual Arts Working Stipend of the Berlin Senate (2015).

She has been invited for talks, workshops, seminars and tutorials at institutions such as the New York University, the Goldsmiths University of London, the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford; the Rutgers University, New Brunswick; the University of Copenhagen, the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Since 2022 she is Professor of Fine Art / Foundation Class ‘Film/Video’ at the Braunschweig University of Art.