︎ Sylvia Sadzinski curates, researches, writes, teaches, and lectures. She works across the borders of contemporary art, curatorial practice and feminist theory. Within this framework she focuses on institutional and infrastructural critique, feminist instituting, visual practices of resistance, body politics, affect theories, and queer & feminist epistemologies.
Since October 2019, she has been artistic co-director of the feminist Berlin art space alpha nova & galerie futura. Sylvia is a lecturer at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies and has had regular teaching assignments in the field of art, visual culture, and curatorial theory and practice at various inter/national art academies and universities since 2015 including the Berlin University of the Arts, University of Vienna, University of Klagenfurt, University of Marburg and the University of Oldenburg.
In her PhD project at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, supervised by Elke Krasny, she investigates forms and methods of queer and feminist curating.
current & recent:
Voicing Bethanien. Ein Ausstellungsort im Kontext
Video Installationen von Sonya Schönberger/ Berliner Zimmer at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien,
September 02 - November 05, 2023
Worin unsere Stärke besteht - 50 Künstlerinnen aus der DDR at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (curatorial assistance),
September 03 - October 30, 2022
Aliens are temporary - a mutating tale at Kunstbrücke am Wildenbruch,
May 07 – July 24, 2022
at Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna,
March 31 – May 14, 2022
Aliens are temporary – a mutating tale at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien,
April 09 – June 06, 2022
Mediating her research, she gave lectures at daadgalerie, Kunstsammlung NRW K21, Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover, Frauenmuseum Bremen, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Kunstverein Göttingen, University of Giessen, IPAK Center Belgrade, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Leiden University, and the American University Washington D.C., among others, and co-organized the online symposium Pornotopia Revised - Art and Porn at the Intersection of Resistance and Subversion at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
In addition to numerous exhibition and artist texts, she has published her research findings in academic publications such as Queer Exhibition Histories, QUEERULIEREN - Störmomente in Kunst, Medien und Wissenschaft, Gender(ed) Thoughts (upcoming), FKW // Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur (upcoming), kritische berichte, and Global Humanities. Studies in Histories, Cultures and Societies.
From 2017 to 2019, Sylvia was curator of the municipal gallery Galerie im Turm and curatorial fellow at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Linz.
Since 2012, Sylvia has been developing and realizing various cultural and curatorial projects, often collaboratively, such as the largest international inter* focused exhibition to date at Schwules Museum Berlin in 2021.
Together with the nomadic project space Neue Berliner Räume, she developed exhibitions for institutions such as C/O Berlin, Kunsthaus Dahlem, and Tieranatomisches Theater by Humboldt University Berlin.
Further of her curatorial projects were also shown at Schwules Museum Berlin, at si:said gallery in Klaipėda and STWST Linz.
© Sylvia Sadzinski, 2023