* 1983, Austria
Studies of Experimental Art and Cultural Studies at the University of the Arts in Linz, Austria.
Studies abroad at the Art Department of the Universtiy of California Santa Barbara and at the University of Fine Arts Berlin for Visual Cultural Studies in the class of Katharina Sieverding.
Katharina Gruzei works with photography, film, video, installations, media-performances, sound and objects. Working conceptually, she experiments between these disciplines and arrives at an unique crossover language.
Her field of interest is the use of media as a political as well as a sociological and cultural tool. She works on visual strategies to decode the construction and ideology of Imagery. This research starts from a single image and often ends up in archives. By using found footage she unfolds cultural history as a field of artistic research in which she introduces her own thoughts and statements. Her videos and photographs reveal a distinct interest in the border between still and moving image. Her visual language explores the potential of resistance and empowerment within artistic practice.
Gruzei also researchs in field studies which she later on reconstructs in spatial installations that encompass sound, objects or whatever evolves from her exploration. Her work is exhibited in international contexts.
Theodor Körner Award for Fine Arts and Photography, Linz Export Stipend, Ö1 Talents Award for Fine Arts, Lecture at the Stanford University California, Frame Award, Lecture at the Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi Georgia, Local Artist Award – Crossing Europe Filmfestival, VAM young talents award – Vienna Independent Shorts Filmfestival.
2008/09 Dialoge I - IV
2007 L.A. Work Shift - Intersection of Lives and Highways