Events | Welcoming Reception

Los Angeles | October 18, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Meet Our Fall Fellows

Annekatrin Hendel (Filmmaker)

Coming from the realm of theater and design, Annekatrin Hendel became a documentary filmmaker in 2004. She is part of the last GDR generation able to tell authentic stories about a country that has disappeared. Her goal is to do away with the notion of a German Democratic Republic of uniformity, melancholy, and constant despondence but a society that knew passion, youthful euphoria, diversity and powerful stories of friendship and betrayal.

On 10/18 she will present trailer of her films "Flake" (Rammstein 2011) , "Vaterlandverräter" (2011) "Anderson" (2013) and "Fassbinder" (2015).

Klaus Pockrandt (Designer)

Visiting fellow Klaus Pockrandt works in the field of visual communication, with an emphasis on poster art. During his one-month stay in Los Angeles, he will collect photographic impressions of urban spaces, which he plans to incorporate into a graphic-design series.

Stefanie de Velasco (Writer)

Stefanie was born in Oberhausen/ Germany. Stefanie, the child of Spanish immigrants, grew up in the Rhine Valley. She studied European ethnology and political scienes in Bonn, Berlin, and Warschau. Her debut novel "Tigermilch" (Tigermilk) was widely praised and was nominated for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Awards.

On October 18th Stefanie will present her new literary project.

Sebastian Stumpf (Visual Artist)

Sebastian was born in 1980 in Würzburg. From 1999 – 2008 he studied fine arts at the art academies in Nürnberg, Lyon and Leipzig. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Museum for Photography Braunschweig, the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen, the Kunstverein Göttingen and at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. He participated in the 6th Berlin Biennale and in group exhibitions at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Z33, Hasselt, Tokyo Wonder Site/Institute of Contemporary Art Tokyo, as well as at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2012 he completed an art-in-architecture project for the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle an der Saale.

Bettina Pousttchi (Visual Artist)

Bettina Pousttchi was born in Mainz, Germany. She studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and in the Whitney Independent Studio Program of the Whitney Museum in New York. In 2014, she was awarded the Art Award of the city of Wolfsburg. Bettina Pousttchi lives and works in Berlin.

Bettina Pousttchi works in photography, sculpture, video, as well as on site-specific architectural interventions in public space. She explores the connection between systems of time and space in a transnational perspective. In 2009/2010, she realized the photo installation Echo on the façade of Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. For the period of 6 months 970 different paper posters formed an afterimage of the just demolished Palace of the Republic on Berlin´s Schlossplatz. Bettina Pousttchi's work has been the subject of monographic exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas (2014), Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2012) as well as Kunsthalle Basel (2011). Her work was presented at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009.

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