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Stefanie Knobel on residency in India and Bangladesh

Stefanie Knobel
Photo credit: Esther Nora Mathis

Stefanie Knobel is an artist working between choreography, language, installation and performance. Since 2013, she has set herself some parameters under the name “skein” to structure her choreographies, installations, (performative) texts and videos, exhibited at Helmhaus Zürich, Künstlerhaus Bremen and FRAC Lorraine Metz. A large part of her conceptual projects are based on historical research on global cotton production and its related power-knowledge complex. Zones of conflicts invisible to gentrification, labor, technology and performance, tactility, text and textile are all themes reflected in her body of work. The Indian subcontinent has been an important part of her work.

Starting January 2020, Stefanie Knobel will work on realising the second phase of her residency. Over three months, Knobel will be visiting Kolkata in India, and the Britto Arts Trust in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“In my current work,” says Knobel “I would like to look at air through cotton and on cotton through air. How can we engage in our cotton past? How to engage experimentally and artistically air as our largest common? What do cotton and air have in common? And how do bodies and machines refer to that?”


Photo: Esther Nora Mathis.
Stefanie Knobel: TipTui – Performance Undercover, 2019.