Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2021

Oct, Nov, Dec

Sarah Szczesny | Visual Artist

Sarah Szczesny, born in Starnberg, lives and works in Cologne.

Sarah Szczesny studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and graduated as a master student from Prof. Rosemarie Trockel.

Szczeny’s method of dissecting, distorting and separating images, such as cartoon film elements, characterizes her collage, painting and video work.

She examines the conditions of painting by stretching the medium’s boundaries through experimental interventions – for example by using gif and loop techniques as well as sound effects -, a multidimensionality is created that gives the painting character of movement and thus locates it in the tradition of cartoons. In this process of animation of collages, which is so essential for her work, Szczesny combines formal studies and citations of pop culture and art history.

Sarah Szczesny is Villa Aurora Fellow of KunstSalon Köln

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2019 ⅼ Pastel Succubus, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein

2019 ⅼ Phantom Kino Ballett (with Lena Willikens), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

2014 ⅼ Who Framed Sarah Szczesny?, MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies, Ludlow 38, New York, USA

2010 ⅼ Cabin Fever Press, Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin


Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2019 ⅼ Hyper, Hyper, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

2017 ⅼ Asymmetrische Architexturen, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

2016 ⅼ Guilty Pleasures, Marmory Show III, Galerie Deborah Schamoni, München


Awards (Selection)

2017 ⅼ Artist Residency Villa Kamogawa, Goethe Institut Kyoto, Japan

2012 ⅼ Studio Residency Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln