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Vera Drebusch, born 1986 in Herdecke (DE), lives and works in Hamburg and Cologne. Before studying at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, in Bogotá, and at the Art Academies of Bremen (Class Franka Hörnschemeyer) and Kassel, she was awarded a diploma in photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund. During her studies, Drebusch was already taking up artist residencies and international scholarships in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, as well as in Bogotá and the USA. These experiences led to a number of group and solo exhibitions in Cologne, Düsseldorf, the Ruhr area, and Berlin, as well as international shows in Istanbul, York, Brussels, Bangkok, Vienna, and others. 2013 Vera Drebusch was co-initiator of the independent exhibition space GOLD+BETON at Ebertplatz in Cologne and has realized curatorial projects in Germany and abroad for the Westdeutscher Künstlerbund, among others. She has received numerous international scholarships and awards, including the Young Artist Prize of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2015 and the Media Artist Scholarship of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2016. In recent years she has taught at the University of Cologne’s Institute for Art and Art Theory and at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn. Drebusch’s artistic approach is driven by different issues and mediums within which she investigates her notions of contemporary history, and questioning the aesthetics, structures, and images of our cultural life.

Awards

2019 DE | Wilhelmshaven | Kunsthalle | Nomination for the NORDWESTKUNST Award
2017 USA | Los Angeles | Nomination for Villa Aurora Grant
2016 DE | Dortmund | Grant from the State NRW for Media Artists
2015 DE | Düsseldorf | Young Artists Award of the State of NRW
2015 UK | York | Shortlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize
2014 DE | Düsseldorf | Nomination for Nam June Paik Newcomer Award
2013 DE | Cologne | Winner of KHM Award
2006 DE | Cologne | Winner of German Youth Photo Prize

Scholarships (Selection)

2021 DE | Hamburg | Dorit & Alexander Otto Stiftung | Project Funding
2020 DE | Cologne | Escalator on Ebertplatz | Kunst am Bau
2020 DE | Hamburg | Claussen-Simon-Stiftung | Project Funding
2019 PRT | Lissabon | Prisão Paraíso | Artist in Residence
2019 DE | Cologne | Dr. Dormagen-Guffanti Stipendium | Artist in Residence
2019 DE | Worpswede | Künstlerhäuser | Artist in Residence
2019 DE | Hamburg | Claussen-Simon-Stiftung | Project Funding
2019 DE | Düsseldorf | NRW Art Foundation | Project Funding
2019 DE | Hamburg | Cafe Royal Kulturstiftung | Project Funding
2018-19 DE | Hamburg | Claussen-Simon-Stiftung | Annual Grant
2018 AUT | Hallein | Silent Night Museum | Artist in Residence
2017 IR | Dundalk | The Corridor | Artist in Residence
2016-17 USA | Los Angeles | Ministry of Culture NRW | Travel Grant
2016 TUR | Istanbul | Neola Art Projects | Artist in Residence
2016 USA | Virginia | NRW Art Foundation | Travel Grant
2015 CH | St. Moritz | St. Moritz Art Academy | Travel Grant
2014 ITA | Montepulciano | Colleg for Music & Art | Travel Grant
2014 AUT | Linz | Studio Salzamt | Artist in Residence
2013 CO | Bogotá | Universidad Nacional de Colombia | DAAD Scholarship
2013 LTU | Vilnius | Migrating Arts Academy | Travel Grant
2012 DE | Schöppingen | Artist‘s Village | Artist in Residence
2012 CA | Montreal | Goethe Institut Montreal | Travel Grant
2011 PL | Kattowitz | Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn | Travel Grant

Education

2010-15 DE | Cologne | Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Media Art | Diploma
2015 DE | Kassel | University of Arts, Textile | Guest
2013 CO | Bogotá | National University, Artes Plasticas | Exchange
2010 DE | Bremen | University of Arts, Sculpture, Class Hörnschemeyer | Guest
2005-10 DE | Dortmund | University of Applied Sciences, Photo Design | Diploma

Curatorial Work (Selection)

2020 DE | Hamburg | Künstlerhaus Sootbörn ‚Expanded Book‘
2018 DE | Paderborn | Universität Paderborn at Amtsgericht ‚Einspruch‘
2017 LTU | Vilnius | West German Association of Artists at Kunstmuseum ‚Eye to Eye‘
2013-14 DE | Cologne | Artistic Director of GOLD + BETON | Ebertplatzpassagen

Cooperation (Selection)

since 2014 DE | Bochum | Member of West German Association of Artists
since 2011 DE | Cologne | Working for Art Collective Mühlenkampf/Raumfaltung

Teaching (Selection)

since 2017 DE | Paderborn | University, Faculty of Cultural Studies | Lecturers
2015-16 DE | Cologne | University, Department of Art & Theory of Art | Lecturers
2014-18 DE | Bonn | Bundeskunsthalle | Art- + Media Education
2011-18 DE | Düsseldorf | Kunstsammlung NRW | Art- + Media Education

Exhibitions (Solo + Duo)

2020 DE | Hamburg | Westwerk ‚hungry eyes‘+ Simone Karl
2019 DE | Hamburg | Künstlerhaus Wendenstraße ‚prepared‘ + Florian Egermann
2018 DE | Ulm | Stiege ‚Repetitive Element‘ (S)
2018 DE | Worpswede | Projektraum Eichenhof ‚Ausnahmezustand‘ + Daniel Wrede
2017 IE | Dundalk | The Corridor ‚Brexit-Fish‘ (S)
2017 DE | Cologne | MATJÖ (BBK) ‚Deutschland mon amour‘ + Florian Egermann
2017 DE | Düsseldorf | Walzwerk null ‚texting while driving‘ + Timothy Shearer
2017 DE | Hamminkeln | Schloss Ringenberg ‚They called this place a stronghold‘ + Yannis Pappas
2017 DE | Düsseldorf | Antichambre ‚EAST WEST+ Arseniy Shuster
2016 DE | Bonn | St. Helena ‚Interreligious Dialogue‘ (S)
2016 DE | Cologne | St. Gertrud ‚Interreligious Dialogue‘ (S)
2015 DE | Bochum | Gallery januar ‚im Falle des Fallens‘ (S)
2015 DE | Cologne | ComeTogether Projekt ‚nothing comepares to me‘ (S)
2015 DE | Cologne | GOLD + BETON ‚Über-Bild‘ (S)
2015 DE | Cologne | Gallery Nagel Draxler ‚Zeitschleife‘ (S)

Exhibitions (Selection)

2021 LTU | Vilnius | Pamenkalnio Gallery ‚InDiscreet – The Problem of Intimacy‘
2021 DE | Hamburg | MS ARTVILLE ‚Crowd‘
2021 DE | Friedrichshafen | Zeppelin Museum ‚Beyond States. Über die Grenzen von Staatlichkeit‘
2021 DE | Aachen | Kunsthaus NRW | Skulpturengarten ‚vom spiel der körper im licht‘
2020 GBR | Belfast | Catalyst Arts Gallery ‚First We Eat‘ curated by Anne Mager
2020 DE | Hamburg | Künstlerhaus Sootbörn ‚Expanded Book‘
2019 DE | Munich | Haus der Kunst ‚Super BOOKS
2019 DE | Hamburg | Claussen-Simon-Stiftung ‚Rampenfestival‘
2019 DE | Düsseldorf | Curated Affairs ‚ROSA‘
2019 DE | Wilhelmshaven | Kunsthalle ‚NORDWESTKUNST‘ Award
2019 DE | Dortmund | Hartware MedienKunstVerein ‚Alt-Right-Komplex‘
2019 DE | Cologne | Kölnisches Stadtmuseum ‚You Are Here‘
2019 DE | Hagen | Osthaus Museum ‚Westdeutscher Künstlerbund‘
2018 DE | Leipzig | D21 ‚Anger is a solution, if anger means kittens‘
2018 DE | Düsseldorf | Mélange @ ART Düsseldorf
2018 DE | Cologne | Kölnischer Kunstverein ‚Cologne Art Book Fair‘
2018 AUT | Hallein | Stille Nacht Museum ‚Silent AIR
2018 DE | Cologne | Akademie der Künste der Welt ‚Floraphilia‘
2018 DE | Cologne | Glasmoog – Space for Art and Discourse ‚Post-Konflikt‘
2017 DE | Aachen | Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster ‚new talents‘
2017 LTU | Vilnius | Titanik Gallery ‚Eye to Eye‘
2017 DE | Bochum | Kunstmuseum ‚Eye to Eye – Auf Augenhöhe‘
2017 DE | Düsseldorf | Weltkunstzimmer ‚IN/OUT – The Universe‘
2016 DE | Bielefeld | Kunstverein ‚Asylum‘
2016 TUR | Istanbul | blok art space ‚loop‘
2016 DE | Cologne | Kunststation St. Peter
2016 DE | Cologne | Museum Schnüttgen ‚new talents biennale‘
2016 DE | Düsseldorf | Shelter-Church Heerdt ‚Contemporary Crises‘
2016 AUT | Klagenfurt | Galerie3 ‚Stadt~Land‘
2016 DE | Recklinghausen | Kunsthalle ‚new talents‘
2016 DE | Essen | PACT Zollverein ‚Atelier‘
2015 UK | York | St Marys ‚Aesthetica Art Prize‘
2015 DE | Bonn | Bundeskunsthalle ‚Kunststudenten stellen aus‘
2015 BE | Brussels | NRW Representation
2015 DE | Halle (Saale) | Werkleitz Festival ‚Move On‘
2015 DE | Berlin | Meinblau ‚we animals‘
2015 AUT | Wien | VIENNA ART WEEK
2014 DE | Munich | Kunstpavillion ‚Full Saturation‘
2014 AUT | Linz | Salzamt ‚walks and traces‘
2014 CH | Basel | Kaskadenkondensator ‚Das Marsie’s‘
2014 DE | Cologne | Wallraf-Richartz-Museum ‚Kunstnacht‘
2013 DE | Essen | Folkwang Museum ‚Video Folkwang‘
2013 LTU | Vilnius | Gallery Akademija ‚un(a)counting‘
2013 TLD | Bangkok | Culture of Promotion Center
2013 CO | Bogotá | La Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño
2012 CA | Montreal | Goethe Institut ‚Wann sehe ich Photonen?‘
2012 DE | Karlsruhe | Badischer Kunstverein, Kunstraum Morgenstraße ‚Powerplay‘
2012 DE | Bonn | Bundeskunsthalle ‚ECHORAUM sechs minus‘
2011 PRC | Shanghai | Madein Space
2006 DE | Cologne | Photokina ‚Deutscher Jugendfotopreis‘

Publications (Selection)

2021
Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen | ‚Beyond States. Über die Grenzen von Staatlichkeit‘ curated by Ina Neddermeyer | Catalog
Verein für Christliche Kunst | Erzbistum Köln | ‚Kunst öffnet‘ | Catalog

2020
City of Cologne | ‚Urbane Poesie‘ curated by Heike Ander | Catalog
Catalyst Arts Belfast | ‚FIRST WE EAT‘ | curated by Anne Mager | Catalog
LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur Münster | ‚Schwarz-Rot-Gold in der Kunst‘ | Video-Interview

2019
Künstlerhäuser Worpswede | ‚Ausnahmezustand‘ curated by Katharina Groth | Catalog
University of Paderborn, Faculty of Cultural Studies | ‚Impulse‘ | Magazine
Schloss Ringenberg | ‚plugin‘ curated by Franziska Wilmsen & Herbert Ploegman | Catalog
Osthaus Museum Hagen | ‚Westdeutscher Künstlerbund‘ | Catalog
Hartware MedienKunstVerein | ‚Alt-Right-Komplex‘ curated by Inke Arns | Catalog
Curatorial Affairs | ‚ROSA – anlässlich des 100. Todesjahres Rosa Luxemburgs‘ | Catalog

2018
The Corridor | Ireland | curated by Anne Mager | Catalog (Cover)
Caritas Cologne | ‚Fluchten‘ curated by Dr. Johannes Stahl | Magazine + Catalog
St. Open | Cologne | Catalog
Mélange @ ART Düsseldorf | Book

2017
Schloss Ringenberg | ‚They called this place a stronghold‘ curated by Franziska Wilmsen & Herbert Ploegman | Catalog
MOFF | Cologne. Artists in Conversation | Magazine
Walzwerk Null | Düsseldorf, Exhibitionspace for Photography and Video | Catalog
Kunstmuseum Bochum | ‚eye-to-eye / Identity as art‘ | Catalog

2016
Spex | Magazine
new talents biennale | Cologne curated by Anne Mager | Catalog
Bielefelder Kunstverein | ‚Asylum‘ curated by Thomas Thiel | Catalog
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne | Catalog

2015
Aesthetica Art Prize, UK | Catalog
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn | ‚Kunststudentinnen und Kunststudenten stellen aus‘ | Catalog

2014
Academy of Media Arts Cologne | ‚off topic #5: verlieren‘ | Magazine
KHM at ART COLOGNE | ‚Eden Was Never So Close‘ curated by Heike Ander | Catalog

2013
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn | ‚Echo‘ | Catalog

2012
KHM at ART COLOGNE | ‚Densification‘ curated by Hörner/Antelfinger | Catalog
Academy of Media Arts Cologne | ‚off topic #4: zulassen‘ | Magazine

2011
‚Im Kontinuum der Bilder. VJing als Medienkunst im interdisziplinären Diskurs‘ | Book (Cover)
‚Difference and Dialogue‘ | Book (Cover)

Talks (Selection)

2020
LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur Münster | ‚Schwarz-Rot-Gold in der Kunst‘ | Platform
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln | ‚Rechte Netze und vernetzte Rechte’ invited by Professor Hans Bernhard | Podcast
dieMotive Hamburg| Kurzinterview
Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen | ‚Beyond States. Über die Grenzen von Staatlichkeit‘ | Podcast

2019
University of Paderborn | Faculty of Cultural Studies | Artist Talk
Künstlerhäuser Worpswede | Artist Talk
Kölnisches Stadtmuseum | ‚Photoszene‘ | Artist Talk
Künstlerhaus Wendenstraße Hamburg | Artist Talk

2018
Kölnischer Kunstverein | ‚Cologne Art Book Fair‘ | Artist Talk
Literatursalon Donau, Ulm | Artist Talk
Schmiede Hallein | ‚SilentAir‘ with Florian Egermann | Artist Talk
KYOTOBAR Cologne | Löcher im Konzept | Platform

2017
K20, Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf | Artist Talk with Akram Zaatari / ARAB IMAGE FOUNDATION / ‚Against Photography‘

2016
Bielefelder Kunstverein | ‚Asylum‘ | Artist Talk
blok art space Istanbul | ‚loop‘ | Artist Talk
Arts Foundation NRW Düsseldorf | ‚Art between Aesthetics, Market and Society‘, Platform
K20, Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf | Artist Talk with Andreas Gursky / ‚not abstract‘
Dialograum St. Helena Bonn | ,Interreligious Dialogue‘ | Platform

2015
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn | ‚Kunststudenten stellen aus‘, Artist Talk
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne | Artist Talk
Urban Art Festival Cologne | ‚City Leaks‘ | Artist Talk
blicke Filmfestival Bochum | ‚Art and Business‘ | Platform

2014
Rautenstrauch Joest Museum/VHS Cologne | ‚Fetish weapons and traditions, Colombia and Germany‘, Lecture
GOLD + BETON Ebertplatzpassagen Cologne | Artist Talk with Elizabeth McTernan & Timothy Shearer

2013
Academy of Media Arts Cologne | ‚What happens in the arts?‘ | Lecture
GOLD + BETON Ebertplatzpassagen Cologne | Artist Talk with Sina Seifee & Jan Goldfuss
GOLD + BETON Ebertplatzpassagen Cologne | Artist Talk with Evamaria Schaller & Pia Schauenburg

2012
Hexagram-Concordia Montreal | ‚When do I see photons?‘ | Artist Talk

Collections

Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Aachen | DE
Stadt Köln | DE
Amerika-Gedenk-Bibliothek, Berlin | DE
Private collections in Germany, Austria, Ireland and USA

Public Art Projects

2021 DE | Hamburg & Lübeck | “Hymnen” | Collaboration with Florian Egermann
2020 DE | Cologne | Escalator on Ebertplatz | Collaboration with Evamaria Schaller
2017 DE | Cologne | Germany Busstop | ‚St. Open‘ | Collaboration with Selma Gültoprak
2016 DE | Cologne | Art on Advertising Columns
2014 ITA | Montepulciano | Campaign posters for the dead