Bettina Pousttchi spent her childhood in Germany and part of the time in Iran. From 1990 to 1992 she studied art at the Université de Paris VIII, and from 1992 to 1997 philosophy, art history, and film theory in Cologne and Bochum. From 1995 to 1999 she studied with Professor Rosemarie Trockel and Professor Gerhard Merz at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. From 1999 to 2000, she attended the Whitney Independent Studio Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where Isaac Julien, Yvonne Rainer, Mary Kelly, Hal Foster, Homi Bhabha and Benjamin Buchloh were among her teachers. After a time spent assisting other artists (including Nam June Paik), in 1997 she began exhibiting her own work in Germany and abroad. She participated twice in the Venice Biennale (2003, 2009). Her works are found in numerous private and public collections, including the collection of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2014 the artist received the Wolfsburg Art Prize.
The Phillips Collection