Pamela Rosenkranz creates abstract sculptures, works on paper, videos and installations that reference the figurative by alluding to its malleable condition, a state she perceives to be repeatedly hijacked by commercial marketing strategies and consumerism. Her conceptual work investigates the systems by which people give meaning to the natural world, reflecting on the need to anthropomorphise and construct metaphors to navigate the lived environment.

Rosenkranz’s solo exhibitions include Amazon Spirits (Green Blood), Karma International, Zurich (2018); Slight Agitation 2/4, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2017); Amazon (Green, Blue, Green), Künstlerräume Artist’s Space, K21, Düsseldorf (2017); Blue Runs, Art Basel Unlimited (2016); Our Product, Swiss Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Feeding, Fleeing, Fighting, Reproduction, Kunsthalle Basel (2012).

Among her group exhibitions are Crash Test: The Molecular Turn, La Panacée-MoCo, Montpellier Contemporain, France (2018); Reservoir Moderne, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (2018); Being There, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2017); Edel verflüchtigt, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (2017); Wirikuta (Mexican Time-Slip), Museo Espacio, Aguascalientes, Mexico (2016); New Skin, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2015); Beware Wet Paint, ICA, London (2014) and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2014); and EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2013).

Rosenkranz was an invited speaker for the conference ‘Speculations’ between Art, Research and Capital, Kunsthalle Zürich (2014) and participated in the workshop Human Surface Skin, Liverpool Biennial, UK (2012).

Her work can be found in the collections of the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; MoMA, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; François Pinault Foundation, Venice; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo and Espacio 1414 Berezdivin Collection, Santurce, Puerto Rico, among others.

She received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland (2014). Born in 1979 in Uri, Switzerland, she currently lives and works in Zurich.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 14

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