Katja Novitskova’s work merges art and science through the use of technological tools such as microscopes or brain scans. Her work focuses on mapping territories that are inside, not outside, biological bodies in an attempt to alter how biology and technology develop.

Novitskova’s work has been featured in several solo exhibitions, including Invasion Curves, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes, Estonian Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Katja Novitskova, CC Foundation, Shanghai (2017); and Earth Potential, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, New York (2017). Among her group exhibitions are Diversity United, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2020); Wild Metropolis, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai (2019); Endless Life, Doornburgh Art and Science, Maarssen, the Netherlands (2019); Private Passion, Astrup Fearnley, Olso (2019); Beaufort Triennale, Belgium (2018); Aftermieter, Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen, Germany (2018); Between Realities, Färgfabriken, Stockholm (2018); and Paradise, Westport Arts Center, US (2018).

Her work can be found in the collections of the National Museum, Oslo; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; Yuz Museum, Shanghai; Aïshti Art Foundation, Beirut; CC Foundation, Shanghai; Ishikawa Foundation, Okayama, Japan; and K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai.

Novitskova has a number of publications, including If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes, Kumu Art Museum and Venice Biennale (Sternberg Press, 2017–2018); Dawn Mission (Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2016); and Post Internet Survival Guide (Revolver Publishing, 2010).

Novitskova received a bachelor’s degree in semiotics and culture studies from the University of Tartu, Estonia (2006), and a Master of Graphic Design from the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (2010). She also participated in a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2013–2015).

Born in 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia, Novitskova currently lives and works between Berlin and Amsterdam.

SAF participation:
Art in the Age of Anxiety (2020)

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