Andrea Geyer

Germany 1971

Performance Art, Photography, Video Art, Video Installation

Andrea Geyer
Andrea Geyer
February 21, 2015

Andrea Geyer is a New York-based artist, who works with photography, video and performance, using both fiction and documentary strategies in order to address larger concepts such as national identity, gender, and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories.

Geyer was born in 1971, in Freiburg, Germany. She attended basic study painting at the Independent Art Academy, Stuttgart, followed by photography and film design class at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld. Geyer got her degree in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Braunschweig, Germany. She is also a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Geyer’s image and text based installations are characterized by a sort of rich calmness that draws a viewer into a consideration of layers upon layers of thought or meaning, a calmness that leads to a considered, embodied thinking on concepts such as national identity, gender, and class. Her work addresses the construction and politics of time in the intersection of politics, culture and history. With a particular focus on women, her works engage specifically potent social and political situation, events and conditions and create spaces of critical, collective reflection on the politics and ideologies of temporal translations.

Number of versatile projects represent her artistic expression. Through her works, Geyer offers a veritable blow-by-blow of political and social emergencies from the 2000s, in addition to more anachronistic socio-political problems and events that her work confronts.

Her video installation, Parallax, begins an ongoing investigation into the fate of citizenship, foregrounding conditions of displacement among a world population unsettled by governmental responses to 9/11, 2001. Using photographs and texts in tandem, as Geyer explains, ‘Parallax tries to de-familiarize the naturalized notion of citizenship.’

In her photographic project, Spiral Lands, the mythologized land of the American Southwest is demythologized by the doubling of photographic images that make one question the representation of natural spaces haunted by colonial violence and primitive accumulation. The miniscule differences in these photographs act as traces, opening the land to encounters beyond the transcendentalism of the genre originated by Ansel Adams and others.

In Comrades of Time, seven of Geyer’s friends reenact writings and correspondence from the era of the Weimer Republic. Seven women recite monologues composed from speeches, letters, and essays from 1916 through 1941, written by architects, writers, philosophers, and political organizers from those vibrant years as a kind of cultural echo – an experience of historical times as they are brought to the present.

Geyer’s work has been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Apex Art, and Artists Space, in New York City, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, RedCat and LACE, in Los Angeles, Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, London and many other venues.

Andrea Geyer lives in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2015Time FoldGalerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, GermanySolo
2015Sebald VariationsCentre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Three Chants ModernPortland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OregonSolo
2014Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary ExhibitionPierogi, New York, NYGroup
2014Art-HistoriesMuseum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2014Palace RevolutionGalveston Arts Center, Galveston, TXGroup
2014More Real Than Real ItselfContemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2014Dealing with… Art Basel, GermanyGroup
2014A Voice Of One’s Own – On Women’s Fight For Suffrage And Human RecognitionMalmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden.Group
2014Unsettled LandscapesSITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2013Sound Giving Will FeelingA Space Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2013Stage Set Stage: On Identity and InstitutionalismSBC Gallery, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2013Mix NYC: 26th Annual Queer Experimental Film FestivalNew York, NYGroup
2013Against Method: The Collection Seen by Gertrud SandqvistGenerali Foundation, Vienna AustriaGroup
2013Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory ShowAbron Arts Center-Henry Street Settlement, New York, NYGroup
2013Nur hierAusstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, GermanyGroup
2013Where Do We Migrate To?Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for The Visual Culture at the University of Texas, El Paso, TexasGroup
2013The Famous Fem(inists): Disobedience, Screening: Criminal CaseEggeby Gård, Järvafältet, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2013Wordy RappinghoodBureau Publik, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2013The One Minute Film Festival 2003-2012Mass MoCA, North Adams, MassachusettsGroup
20129 Scripts from a Nation at War The Museum of Modern Art, New YorkSolo
2012Stage It! (part one)Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2012Spiral Lands (Chapter 1 and 2)Taipei Biennial, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2012Contours of the CommonCentre for Contemporary Art Derry, Londonderry, IrelandGroup
2012Permission for the RevolutionOff Limits, Madrid, SpainGroup
2012Comrades of Time (performance)Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2012Where Do We Migrate To?Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, The New School for Design, NYGroup
2012HablaMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, SpainGroup
2012Celebration of the Body #2: History of Art in the Age...University Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, FranceGroup
2012True Stories: Scripted RealitiesGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New ZealandGroup
2012ARIKA. Episode 3: Copying Without CopyingTramway, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2012Space Set - Set SpaceWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2012Infinite Repetition of RevoltThe Institute of Contemporary Art, BostonGroup
2011Criminal Case 40-61: ReverbSiskel Film Center, ChicagoSolo
2011Comrades of TimeGalerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, GermanySolo
2011Walking Forward, Running PastArt in General, New YorkGroup
2011Kindred SpiritsGalerie Peter Blum, New YorkGroup
2011CutGalerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2011Push and Pull (with Josiah McElheny)MuMOK, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2011Push and Pull (with Josiah McElheny)TATE Modern, London, Great BritainGroup
2011No Man's LandMontehermoso Cultural Centre, SpainGroup
2011Schon WiederKunstverein Medienturm, Graz, AustriaGroup
2011Where Do We Migrate To?Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MDGroup
2010Solo presentationArtforum Berlin, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, GermanySolo
2010Criminal Case 40-61: ReverbUniversity Art Gallery, Room Gallery of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, CASolo
2010Spiral LandsArgos Center for Art and Media, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2010Andrea Geyer | Sharon HayesGöteborgs Konsthall. Göteborg, SwedenSolo
2010Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000-2010Princeton University Art MuseumGroup
2010To the CitizensSerralves Museum. Porto, PortugalGroup
2010Go WestSalt Lake Art Center, UtahGroup
2010ArtforumBerlin, GermanyGroup
2010Those Who Control the Past Command the Future – Those Who Command the Future Conquer the PastSignal, SwedenGroup
2010Where Everything Is Yet to HappenBanja Luka, Bosnia and HerzegovinaGroup
2010Push and PullMuseum of Modern Art, Vienna, AustriaGroup
201029ª Bienal de São PauloSão Paulo, BrazilGroup
2010Bucharest Biennial 4Bucharest, RomaniaGroup
2010Behind the Fourth Wall: Fictitious Lives – Lived FictionsGenerali Foundation, Vienna, AustriaGroup
201050 Artists Photograph The FutureHigher Pictures, New York, NY. Group
2010First Nations - Second NatureSFU Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British ColumbiaGroup
2009Out of SortsLandings, OsloSolo
2009Andrea Geyer | Sharon HayesKunstmuseum St. Gallen. St. Gallen, SwitzerlandSolo
2009Revisiting Histories: Sanford Biggers + Andrea Geyer & Simon J. OrtizLambent Foundation, New YorkGroup
2009Monument TransformaceCity Gallery Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2009Rotte MetropolitaneFlorence, ItalyGroup
2009Avant-Guide To Nyc: Discovering AbsenceApex Arts, New York, NYGroup
2009Free As Air And WaterThe Cooper Union, New York, NYGroup
2009Heaven - Athens BiennalWorld Question Center, AthensGroup
2009Everything has a Name or the Potential to being namedGasworks, LondonGroup
2009Still - Moving – StillPhotofestival Knooke, NetherlandsGroup
2009Drifting HistoriesHessel Museum. Bard College, NYGroup
20089 Scripts from a Nation at WarREDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney - Calarts Theater), Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Andrea GeyerGalerie Thomas Zander, CologneSolo
2008The past never changesGalerie Hohenlohe, ViennaSolo
20089 Scripts from a Nation at WarTATE Modern, LondonSolo
2008Spiral Lands - Chapter 2Lecture Modern Mondays, MOMA, New YorkSolo
2008When Absence Becomes PresenceWashington Project for the Arts, Washington, DCGroup
2008T2-50 Moons of Saturn, Torino TriennaleCastello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, ItalyGroup
2008Zones of ConflictPratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
20082 x [ ( 2 x 20) + (2 x 2) ] + 2 = X x (desperately) trying to figure out the worldMai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland and Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY Group
2008Ours: Democracy in the Age of BrandingSheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, NYGroup
2008The Activist Impulse - Women & Their WorkAustin, TexasGroup
2008Zagreb Queer FestivalZagreb, CroatiaGroup
2008The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary ArtCCS Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
2008Field Work 1Smart Project Space, AmsterdamGroup
2008War StoriesMass Art, BostonGroup
2008Headlines & FootnotesHenie Onstad Kunstsenter, OsloGroup
2007Spatial JusticeLos Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Brave Lonesome CowboyKunstmuseum St. Gallen. St. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup
2007Exile of the ImaginaryGenerali Foundation, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2006Kunstraum LüneburgGlucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland Open Space. Art Köln, Köln, GermanyGroup
2006The Look of LawUniversity Art Gallery UC Irvine, USAGroup
2006Knowing you - Knowing meCamera Austria, Graz Group
2006Cooling Out - On the paradox of feminismKunsthaus Baselland, SwitzerlandGroup
2006If a cat gives birth to kittens in an oven, are they kittens or biscuits?Roebling Hall, BrooklynGroup
2006Re_dis_trans. Voltage of Relocation and DisplacementApex Art, New York CityGroup
2006When Artist Say WeArtist Space. New YorkGroup
2006Low-Intensity ConflictSwiss Institute of New YorkGroup
2006Der Raum zwischen zwei BildernGalerie Fotohof. Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2005Spiral Lands. A readingFree Space, Chelsea Hotel, New York Solo
2005Citizenship: Changing ConditionsIASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden Solo
2005looking at AmericaGalerie Hohenlohe, Vienna Group
2005Information TranformationExtraCity, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2005re:site MontréalOboro, Montréal, CanadaGroup
2005Be what you want but stay where you areWitte de With, RotterdamGroup
2005PatriotContemporary Museum, BaltimoreGroup
2004ParallaxKunstverein St. Gallen im Katharinen. St. Gallen, SwitzerlandSolo
2004Meaning is what hides the instability of one's positionKunstmuseum Esbjerg, Esbjerg, Denmark Solo
2004How do I want to be governed? (figure and ground)Miami Art CentralGroup
2004Indentify. Studies on the Political SubjectVera List Center for Arts and Politics. New YorkGroup
2004Me, Myself and IKunstmuseum St. Gallen. St. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Teasing MindsKunstverein München. München, GermanyGroup
2004External AffairsPS122 Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004The Freedom SalonDeitch Projects. New YorkGroup
2004Open HouseO.K. Center. Linz, AustriaGroup
2004Gelebte BedingungenKaskadenkondensator, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2003SecessionVienna, AustriaSolo
2003The American EffectWhitney Museum of Amerian Art. New YorkGroup
2003Western. Terms of UseCharlottenburg, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2003Between SpacesCentro Cultural Andratx. Mallorca, SpainGroup
2003Usted está aquí (You are here)Espacio La Rebeca, BogotáGroup
2003OpeningAndrew Kreps Gallery, New YorkGroup
2002Cambio de Lugar - Change of Place (with Sharon Hayes)Galerie Signal, Malmö, SwedenSolo
2002Andrea Geyero.T. Raum für aktuelle KunstLuzern, SwitzerlandSolo
2002OrtswechselPlattformen und Galerie Paula Böttcher. BerlinSolo
2002On RouteSerpentine Gallery. London, Great BritainGroup
2002OrganisationenSkuc Gallerija. Lubijana, SloveniaGroup
2002HausordnungStadthaus Ulm. Ulm, GermanyGroup
2002Manifesta4Frankfurt, Germany Group
2002Preisträger des Medienkunstpreises, Kunstadapter 2002Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, GermanyGroup
2002Social SectorsKunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2002The Captain's RoadDublin, IrelandGroup
2002Stepping Back, Moving ForwardPittsburgh Center for the ArtsGroup
2001Fantasies are feelings given form. Don't worry, they are safe if understoodParlour Projects. Brooklyn, NYSolo
2001Information Upon RequestGalerie Paula Böttcher. Berlin, GermanySolo
2001Information Upon RequestGalerie T-19. Vienna, AustriaSolo
2001The Subject and Power (the lyrical voice)Central House of Artist, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2000Project spaceP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Long Island City, NYSolo
2000Cambio de Lugar - Change of PlaceLa Panaderia, Mexico City Solo
2000Unconsciuos Documentariesvon Lintel&Nusser Gallery, New YorkGroup
2000SelectionsLFL Gallery. New YorkGroup
2000Open StudioWhitney Independent Study Program, New YorkGroup
1999ArchitortureWhite Columns, New YorkGroup
1999Raumgrenzen. SpacelinesRaum 1 - Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1999OfficeStaff Gallery, New YorkGroup
1999ParkingMaydayproduction, Highbridge Park, New YorkGroup
1999Andrea Geyer, Tim Maul, Clara WilliamsGallery Pierogi 2000. Brooklyn, NYGroup
1998A streetwalk named desireKunstraum Luzern, SwitzerlandGroup
1998ArchiveChristchurch, New ZealandGroup
1998Kunst Preis der Sparkasse RecklinghausenRecklinghausen, GermanyGroup
1997HjemArchitecture Space, Gammeldock, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1997KioskDowntown Artsfestival, New YorkGroup
1997Ulrike Feser, Andrea Geyer, Wolfgang StahrGalerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
1996CitylimitsStoke on Trent, Great BritainGroup
1995Group showMuseum für Fotografie, Braunschweig, GermanyGroup
1995Mixed PickelsKunstverein Aurich, Aurich, GermanyGroup
1995PrometheusKunstverein Herford, Herford, GermanyGroup
1995Reinhardt Wolf- PreisMuseum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1994Spinning ideas- a roomGallery LEKRI, Gent, BelgiumGroup
Andrea Geyer at Thomas Zander Cologne

The Thomas Zander Gallery in Cologne organizes an exhibition of works by Andrea Geyer.

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