Regarded as one of the most relevant contemporary artists in the field of Video art, Hito Steyerl is a German filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Steyerl holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Steyerl attended the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. She later studied at the University of Television and Film Munich. Steyerl has noted that studying film during the rise of New German Cinema had an effect on her as a student. However, she has cited her former professor, the noted film historian Helmut Färber, as having a more direct influence on her work.

In 2004 she participated in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art. She has also participated in the 2008 Shanghai Biennale and the 2010 Gwangju and Taipei biennials. In 2007, her film Lovely Andrea was exhibited as a part of documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany. In 2013 her work was included in the Venice Biennale and the Istanbul Biennial.

Hito Steyerl’s work blurs the line between cinema and the fine arts and closes the gaps between theory and practice, artist and cultural critic. Her work concerns topics of militarization, migration, the role of media in globalization, and the dissemination of images and the culture surrounding. Steyerl has pushed both the role and the label of fine artist, demonstrated through her tendencies and interests in engaging the presentational context of art. Her work is developed from research, interviews, and the collection of found images, culminating in pedagogically oriented work that references both forensic documentary and dream-like montage.

Hito Steyerl
Hito Steyerl
Munich, 1966

Past Exhibitions


10/07/2019 — 14/09/2019

Hito Steyerl: Power Plants

Serpentine Galleries
11/04/2019 — 06/05/2019

Hito Steyerl: The City of Broken Windows

Castello di Rivoli
01/11/2018 — 30/06/2019

Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl. War Games

Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
05/05/2018 — 02/12/2018

Hito Steyerl: Liquidity Inc

ICA Boston 13/12/2017 — 22/04/2018

Solo Shows

The Distributed Image, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France
Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun, HMKV, Dortmund, Germany
Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Duty-Free Art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
KOW Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Liquidity, Inc., Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden
Too Much World, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Artists Space, New York, NY
Duty Free Art, ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand
Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational Installation, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Hito Steyerl, Van Abbemuseum, Eidenhoven, The Netherlands
Hito Steyerl, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
35 ways to break through a wall, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Circulacionismo, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Junktime, Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut

In Free Fall, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Adorno’s Grey, Audain Gallery 0 Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, Canada
Guards, Svilova, Gothenburg, Sweden

Hito Steyerl, e-flux, New York, NY
focus: Hito Steyerl, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Adorno’s Grey, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Kiss, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Group Shows

Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing. Eye Art & Film Prize, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam

Dancing with Myself, Self-portrait and Self-invention, Works from the Pinault Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germay
V-A-C Foundation in collaboration with The State Museum of GULAG’s History, Moscow, Russia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Wer nicht denken will, fliegt raus, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany
Artes Mundi 7 Prize, Artes Mundi, Cardiff, United Kingdom
São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brasil
Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Watched! Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden. Traveling to: Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark; C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Crossing Media: Good Space – Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces, Villa Merkel Esslingen, Germany
The New Human, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Visual Art Displays, Maxwell Centre, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, UK
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Universal Hospitality, curated by Edit András, Ilona Németh Birgit Lurz and Wolfgang Schlag, The Wiener Festwochen festival, Alte Post, Vienna, Italy

A Worthy Degenerate, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
Filter Bubble, curated by 89PLUS Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets, LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
AIMIA Photography Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
4th Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan
56th Venice Biennale, German Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Digital Mind, Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany
Under the Clouds: From Paranoia to the Digital Sublime, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Portugal
Collection on display: Experimental arrangements, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
In Search of Matisse, curated by director Tone Hansen and Ana Maria Bresciani, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
Necessary Force: Art in a Police State, Art Museum of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist, Musee D’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France
Technologism, Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Global Control and Censorship, Zentrum für Kunst and Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

Cut to Swipe, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Adorno’s Grey, 52nd New York Film Festival, New York, NY
McLaren 2014 Animation in Context, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
60th annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Hamilton, NY
International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Smart New World, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Time Pieces, Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Norway
Fotofest, Houston, TX
Insert 2014, New Delhi, India
Redcat, Los Angeles, CA
Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico
27th Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
9 Artists, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, MA

The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archeology, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Image Employment, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
Nine Artists, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, MN
FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects; Haus der Kulturen der  Welt, Berlin, Germany curated by Maria Hlavajova and Kathrin Rhomberg
No one lives here, RCA, London, United Kingdom
Schichtwechsel, Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Economy, Stills, Edinburgh, Scotland
Economy, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
The ICP Triennial, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bergen Triennial, Bergen, Norway
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Bat Yan, Bat Yan, Israel
SBC galerie d’art contemporain, Montreal, Canada
59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany

Revolution Happened Because Everybody Refused to Go Home, Disobedience Archive, Bureau Publik Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Art Festival, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
Bureau Publik Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
In Free Fall, Screen Festival, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Alternativa 2012, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland
Television, ICA, London, United Kingdom
Mengele’s Skull, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Witte de With, Surplus Authors, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1st Tbilisi Triennial “Offside Effect”, Center of Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia
Motion, Seventeen Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Disobedience Archive (The Parliament), BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden
Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
BERLIN DOCUMENTARY FORUM 2, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Munich Date of birth: 1966 Lives in: Berlin