© Katrin Esser


Katrin Esser studied art history and philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Dortmund. In 2019, she completed her diploma at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the field of media art in Clemens von Wedemeyer's Expanded Cinema class. In her experimental short films and video installations, Esser investigates how strategies of historiography influence the perception of the present. In particular, she explores the effects of social, political, and psychological processes of the German past on the formation and imagination of identities. The starting point of her work is usually an existing place or institution and its inherent values and intentions, which can be read in its history and spatial stagings. The medium of film offers Esser the opportunity to analyze, explore or break these found narratives within her own fiction. Her works have been shown at festivals and exhibitions such as Taipei ConTemporary Art Center Taipei, (TW), Dortmunder U, ARD Mediathek, Filmfest Dresden, Goethe Institut Peking (CHN), Halle 14 Spinnerei Leipzig, PACT Zollverein Essen, Kasseler Dok Festival or Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin.