Acme Studios — Katja Schenker

Supporting Artists since 1972

Katja Schenker

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Katja Schenker lives and works in Zurich. Since 1999 her artworks have focused on the areas of live perfor­mances, sculptures and instal­lations in internal and external spaces, highlighting the use of natural materials in most cases. The sensuality of these materials play an important role, as do their context, as well as their spatial and temporal dimensions, such as mass, gravity, perme­a­bility or peris­ha­bility. Katja’s artworks aim to thereby heighten the experience and perception of one’s own corpo­reality in relation to the bodies of the audience and that of the artist. She has received the Swiss Art Award three times, as well as the Swiss Performance Art Award and others. Katja Schenker studied compa­rative literature, art history and philosophy at the University of Zurich and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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