About her work
Particularly interested in the temporal moment, the versatile artist, working across performance, film, painting, photography and installation, is focusing on the struggle of the feminine and often turning to mythology for both inspiration and archetypal knowledge. Exploring the relationship between cultures across eras and geographies, using the body spatially not only as a strategy for representation of concepts but as a medium in itself, Cornelia Krafft's work is composed of many different gestures that can be read not by only means of aesthetics, but in a relational aspect as to how they create intermediate spaces between them, speaking of forces, genders, and narrating cultural history through materials and objects. The stages for the artist's performances are often abandoned urban sites that serve as palimpsests, bringing to life opposite worlds, and sometimes in nature, but not in the classical conception thereof; the nature in Krafft's practice is often silent, however, never passive. It is always reverberating with internal sound.
Cornelia Krafft was born in Munich, Germany, in 1972, and she holds a master's degree in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.
Krafft taught at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna for ten years and then came as a visiting professor to the American University of Beirut in 2009. Her work deploys strategies from performance art, choreography, installation, film and stage -& costume design, into a singular whole. Kraft's work has been showcased in Vienna, London, Munich, Berlin, Venice, Beirut, Norway and Australia. At the Fine Art and Art History Department at the American University of Beirut, she pioneered the teaching of performance art and is continuing her work in Lebanon as well as throughout Europe. She was part ofdifferent international artist residencies and was awarded grants for her academic work. Krafft's performances and choreographies are often mute, using also nature or urban deserted spaces as a stage. In Lebanon, her installation, paintings, photography and film were showcased twice at Gallery Janine Rubeiz, at the Salon d’automne XXX / XXXI and MACAM. She choreographed in Beirut major performances like "777" in the war ruined cinema Dome downtown Beirut(2010), “Along the white line“at the Corniche, Beirut (2011), and in 2012 she was awarded with the Melon Foundation Grant for “Salome versus Bluebeard“ and in 2014 "After 100 Springs" based on Igor Stravinskiy´s "The Rite of spring" both staged in cooperation with Al Madina Theater Beirut. Her work as an artist and choreographer has received critical acclaim and during the months May-July 2014 she is an artist in residency at MARMA studio Berlin.