Elana Katz

Elana Katz is a conceptual artist working primarily in the medium of performance art. Katz’s work confronts cultural conventions, critically examines the complexity that lies within contradictions, and thus aims to create an experience of unlearning the assumed. She has exhibited/ performed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium (2011), Diehl CUBE Berlin (2013), P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York (2013), Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Pristina (2014), Kunstwechsel, Aachen (2015), DNA Berlin (2015), and ROCKELMANN& Berlin (2016). She studied in New York at the Parsons School of Design and earned a Meisterschülerin title from the Berlin University of the Arts (Class of Katharina Sieverding). Katz has been based in Berlin since 2008.

Education
2010: Meisterschülerin, Berlin University of the Arts, Class of Katharina Sieverding
2009: Absolventin, Berlin University of the Arts, Class of Katharina Sieverding
2008: B.F.A. Photography, Parsons School for Design, New School University, New York 2008: B.A. Literature, New School University, New York

Selected Exhibitions/ Performances/ Residencies
2017
Lying with My Partner, solo exhibition, IEEB7 Biennial, Bucharest
Let Me Be Your Princess Baby, performance, Tamago, Berlin
Running On Empty, performance in cooperation with DFBRL8R Gallery, Belgrade (public space)
2016
Video screening, Migrating Artists: Ma Li and Elana Katz, Momentum Worldwide, Berlin MonuMental Histories, group exhibition, ARCUB Gabroveni, Bucharest
Performance residency Romania, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, Bucharest Spaced Memory: solo exhibition, Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj, Romania
2015
Spaced Memory: solo exhibition, Kunstwechsel, Jewish Cultural Days of Rheinland, Germany Sich Nicht Bemerkbar Machen, performance, Jewish Cultural Days of Rheinland, Germany SHOOT: about performance, group exhibition, DNA Galerie Berlin
Research residency Romania, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Bucharest
Research residency Republic of Moldova, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Bucharest Research residency Cluj, in cooperation with the German Cultural Center of Cluj
Body of Work, performance, X Platform, WASP, Bucharest
2014
Research residency Romania, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Bucharest
Blue Holding, solo exhibition, Gallery 12 HUB, Belgrade
Action Boxing Club, solo exhibition, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Pristina, Kosovo The Sunday, performance, Station Independent Projects, New York
The Cover, performance, REX Cultural Center, Belgrade
Christmas Dinner, performance, Mobius, Boston
2013
Unnamed, solo exhibition, Diehl CUBE, Berlin
Skin Trade, group exhibition, P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York
Reflect, performance, The Window at 125/ Roger Smith Hotel, New York Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago
2012
Auf Mein Sheitel, Contemporary Institute for Art& Thought (C.I.A.&T.), Berlin Make Space Make Dust, Stattberlin
Time Capsule, group exhibition, Smartloft, Berlin
2011
Color Me Clear, performance, Abramovic Studio at Location One, New York, White Me Empty. Content at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan Trouble, performance festival, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels Reformance festival, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
2010
Marina Abramovic: the Artist is Present. [Reperformer of Abramovic’s work]. MoMA, New York Losing Pieces: a slice of empty cake, performance, Thomas Werner Gallery, New York
Out of Control, group exhibition, MMX, Berlin
Euro Latin Performance Project, Freies Museum, Berlin

Selected Public Speaking Engagements
2017
Artist talk: Potsdam University, Department of Media Technology, Berlin Artist talk: [Un] Sounds of Buchenwald, Momentum Worldwide, Berlin
2016
Artist Talk: Migrating Artists, Momentum Worldwide, Berlin
Panel Debate on Socially Engaged Art: “The Same City- Under the Same Sky”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
2015
Artist talk & video screening: Sich Nicht Bemerkbar Machen, Neuer Aachen Kunstverein (NAK) Artist talk moderated by curator Olivia Nitis: Spaced Memory, Goethe Institute of Bucharest
Artist talk moderated by Fabian Mühlthaler: Spaced Memory, Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj
Artist talk: Spaced Memory, Jewish Cultural Days Rheinland Germany, Moenchenglattbach Artist Talk at X Platform, WASP, Bucharest
2014
Television interview: ‘Nivo23’ featured guest, Studio B TV
Belgrade Lecture: Spaced Memory: Time-based Arts Practice, Faculty of Fine Arts Belgrade
Artist Talk: Elana Katz in Conversation with Milica Lapcevic, Faculty of Media & Communication, Belgrade
Artist Talk: Elana Katz in conversation with Leah Oates, Station Independent Projects, New York
Panel discussion/ Artist Talks, Mikser Festival, Gallery12 HUB, Belgrade
Artist Talk: Reflecting on the Absent, American Corner Belgrade
Artist Talk: Memory Works, Berlin University of Arts, Class of Via Lewandowsky
2013
Artist Talk/ lecture: Spaced Memory, Elana Katz at Diehl CUBE Berlin
Curator David Terry introduces Elana Katz, Roger Smith Hotel/ The Window at 125, New York
Artist Talk: Memory and the Absent: Visuality and the Holocaust, Rex Cultural Center, Belgrade Lecture: Creativity and Survival, National University of the Arts, Bucharest
Lecture: Creativity, Survival, International Art Practice, Parsons the New School for Design, New York
2012
THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television, Alex National Television, Berlin
Panel Discussion: Visual and Performing Arts Seminar, Black International Cinema, Rathaus Schöneberg, Berlin
Introductory Talk: Cultural Exchanges in Art, USArtBerlin at Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Künste, Berlin
Introductory Talk: Representation in the Arts, USArtBerlin panel discussion, W.E.B DuBois Lecture Series, Humboldt University of Berlin
Introductory Talk: Cease This Ending Fog, USArtBerlin Lecture by Artfacts Founder Maraek Claasson, U.S. Embassy Berlin
2011
Artist Talk: Curator Daichi Tajima talks with Elana Katz, Circulation Harmony, Performance Festival, Content @ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
Introductory Talk: An Evening with Galerie OPEN Founder Alexandra Rockelmann, USArtBerlin Lecture Series, Galerie OPEN, Berlin
2010
Artist Talk: Jovana Stokic Talks with Elana Katz, Abramovic Studio at Location One, New York Lecture: Reperforming for Marina Abramovic, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Symposium: Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present: The Legacy of Performance Museum of Modern Art, New York

Grants/ Scholarships
2017 Project Grant, Trust For Mutual Understanding, New York 2016 Performance Grant, Embassy of Israel of Bucharest
2016 Performance Grant, Goethe Institute of Bucharest
2015 Research Grant, German Cultural Center of Cluj
2014/ 2015 Bucharest Residency Grants, Goethe Institute of Bucharest 2014 Republic of Moldova Residency Grant, Goethe Institute of Bucharest 2014 Project Grant, U.S. Embassy of Kosovo
2014 Project Grant, Embassy of Israel in Serbia
2011 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art
2009/ 2010 DAAD Graduate Studies in Germany Scholarship