Fabian Knecht is a German artist. He was born in Magdeburg, Germany. Knecht lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Arts Berlin, the California Institute Of The Arts, and the Ale School of Fine Arts, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. From 2009 to 2014 Knecht has been a participant in the Institut für Raumexperimente, Olafur Eliasson’s class at the University of Arts Berlin. He graduated as Meisterschüler in 2014. In 2012, Knecht worked for video and performance artist Matthew Barney in New York. With his art, he pursues a consistent path, one which causes irritation, which marks an exceptional state in the current of everyday life, and which scratches at societal mindsets. This is expressed in his precisely positioned, temporary actions, which he realises at specific, sometimes historically connoted locations in urban space or in boundary areas. The boundaries between White Cube and habitat are dissolved, the museum as a mausoleum is converted into a power plant. Knecht maintains the hope that art is a means to break power and authority, that art can take paths beyond convention. His art stands in our way, sharpens our senses and combines the imperative assertion of an exclamation mark with the Socratic question mark that places everything in question. Art is his route out into the world, a provocative commentary in defiance of emptiness, nothingness and decadence. The German titles of his actions arise from of the nominalisation of the verbs describing the respective action with the suffix _UNG. In the process, more important than a futuristic utopia is a liberating RestrukturierUNG (restructuring) in the now; Knecht’s form of artistic activism doesn’t want to make things better (Groys), but instead strives to dissolve the separating contours between the lived in world and the sphere of art, and to inspire contemplation of one’s own position and of that which could be normality.

Fabian Knecht
Magdeburg, 1980

Past Exhibitions

Fabian Knecht: Isolation

Alexander Levy
28/04/2017 — 20/06/2017

Solo Shows

VERNEINUNG, alexander levy, Berlin, June 2015
_UNG, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, 2015

ENTFACHUNG, Museum For Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia, 2013

RASIERUNG, art berlin contemporary, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Berlin,
MIT DEM HERZ VORAN, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, 2011 / 2012

Group Shows

Idiopolis, Ed. 2, State of Concepts, Athens, Greek, December 2016 (upcoming) Deep Inside, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, 2016 (upcoming)
All Eyes On Me, Pechersky Gallery, Moscow, 2016 (upcoming)
Terre Des Femmes, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, 2016 (upcoming)
From Science To Fiction, K3 Project Space, Florian Christopher, Verein für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, 2016 (upcoming)
Lithomania, Schaufenster, Berlin, 2016
Kunsthalle Bozen, 2016
ARCO Madrid, alexander levy, 2016

ARAI ASSOCIATES, Space & Screen, Tokyo, Japan, 2015
GROUP SHOW V, alexander levy, Berlin, 2015
CINEMA LADA, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2015
Opening On The Foam, CAA Berlin, Schloss Sacrow, Potsdam, 2015 MEISTERSCHÜLERPREIS der Universität der Künste, Berlin, 2015
SOUNDSCAPES, Croatian Assosiation of Artists, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Magdeburg Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Berlin