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Stefan
Knauf

About

Stefan Knauf was born in Munich, (DE), in 1990. Lives and works in Berlin, (DE).

Knauf explores the ideological and colonial structures that continuously shape the world through design and space-making practices, particularly with regards to landscape and the natural world. His diverse practice probes the history of botany, migration, trade, science, and architecture to uncover concrete paradoxes in our misperception of nature as something inherently stable, wild, or uncultured. Knauf’s recent research has led him to the countless ecosystem restoration initiatives around the world, where governments and companies are effectively attempting to “re-create” previously destroyed or eroded natural environments.

With these various symbolic and formal references, Knauf outlines a political history of human geo- engineering, and points to how our understanding of nature, technology, and their interrelation continue to blur the lines between the natural and artificial.

Education
 
Made Labs Formafantasma & Fernando Laposse, Academy of Fine Arts, Sicily, (IT)
Master of Arts, Speculative Design, Universität der Künste, Berlin, (DE)
Master of Arts, Fine Arts, Universität der Künste, Berlin, (DE)
Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University, New York, (US)

Awards
 
2017  Hanke-Förster-Preis, award for sculpture of the Hanke Förster foundation, Berlin, (DE)
2017  Form follows future, scholarship of Fraunhofer Institut, ISE Freiburg, (DE)
2012  Helmut-Thoma-Preis, award for sculpture of the Helmut Thoma foundation, Berlin, (DE)
2009  Crossmedia Award, award for shortfilms, LBS, Munich, (DE)
2009  Film grant for shortfilm, Würzburg, (DE)

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
 
2022 Birds don’t cry, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, (DE)
2019  Oscar Columno’, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin (DE)

Group Exhibitions

2021  ATTACCATUTTO, fructa space, Munich, (DE)
2020  Sincere Intentions, Robert Grunenberg, (DE)
2018  Ich bin ein Riss, ich will durch Wände gehen, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, (DE)
2018  Losing my Virginity, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin (DE)
2018  Paradise is now, Salon Dahlmann & Robert Grunenberg, Berlin (DE)
2018  Salone del Mobile, Chezplinio, Milan, (IT)
2017  Wenn der Pfau weint, group exhibition, Galerie 7 Türen, Hamburg, (DE)
2016  Hot, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, (DE)
2015  Höhenrausch Festival, Linz, (AU)
2015  Aqua con crete, SEZ, Klasse Manfred Pernice, Berlin (DE)
2013  Votre Faust, Opera, Henri Pousseur, Stage Design, Directed by Aliénor Dauchez, Kammeropera Berlin, Radialsystem, 2013, Theater Basel, Stadttheater (DE & CH)
2013  Shorting Art, lecture performance, former west symposium Haus der Kulturen der Welt, HKW, Berlin; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kopenhagen (DE & DK)

  • 2018  ‘Ich bin ein Riss, ich will durch Wände gehen’ exhibition catalogue, Salon Dahlmann Berlin
  • 2018  ‘Paradise is now!’ catalogue for exhibition Paradise is now!, Salon Dahlmann Berlin
  • 2018  ‘Indie Mag’ magazine, about nonsense, studiosacrale
  • 2018  ‘Numero homme’ magazine, on beauty
  • 2017  ‘Designreport’ Form follows future, Fraunhofer, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2013  ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin’ Hahn im Kork, Heft 49/2013, München
  • 2013  ‘Frieze Art Magazine’ Does Berlin Need A New Art School?, Berlin
  • 2021 Dieffenbachia Seguine, in Spiegel Online
  • 2020 „On Pillar and Plants“ Numero Berlin Nr. 12 Spring / Summer 21
  • 2019  ‘Analogies between the built environment and contemporary art’ Princeton University, NJ (US)
  • 2019  ‘Stefan Knauf in Conversation with Margit J. Mayer’ Robert Grunenberg, Berlin (DE)
  • 2018  ‘Ich bin ein Riss, ich will durch Wände gehen’ exhibition catalogue, Salon Dahlmann Berlin
  • 2018  ‘Paradise is now!’ catalogue for exhibition Paradise is now!, Salon Dahlmann Berlin
  • 2018  ‘Indie Mag’ magazine, about nonsense, studiosacrale
  • 2018  ‘Numero homme’ magazine, on beauty
  • 2017  ‘Designreport’ Form follows future, Fraunhofer, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2013  ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin’ Hahn im Kork, Heft 49/2013, München
  • 2013  ‘Frieze Art Magazine’ Does Berlin Need A New Art School?, Berlin