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SONJA LAU

BORN 1981 IN DÜSSELDORF.

LIVES AND WORKS IN BERLIN.

WWW.SONJALAU.COM

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Education

2007

Masters in Curatorial Practice & Critical Writing, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (with: Distinction)

2003 – 2006

Studies of Art History, Humboldt-University, Berlin

2001 – 2003

BA Film, Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français, Paris, and extension classes at UCLA, Los Angeles

1999 – 2001

Studies of Literature, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf

Awards and Invitations

Research position at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, with a focus on ‚political music‘ (from: March 2013)

Politics of the Small Act, Workshop and roundtable, GFZK Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (October 2012)

ICI Independent Curators International ; participation at the Summer Curatorial Intensive, New York (July 2012)

Award of Robert Bosch Cultural Management Fellowship

(2011 – 2013)

Award of Alfred Toepfer F.V.S. Foundation Fellowship for Cultural Innovation (2008 – 2010)

Curatorial Work (Selection)

June 2013

FIEND. [Cables. The 21 Seconds Piece]

Performance, National Theatre Tirana

With: Armando Lulaj, John Tilbury

May 2013

Der Zaudernde Körper |The Hesitating Body, performance and theory forum, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden

With: Kathrin Busch, Günther Heeg, Mala Kline, Bojana Kunst, Patrick Primavesi, Jeremy Wade, Eike Wittrock, a.o.

June 2012

TRY…AGAIN…BETTER. Cornelius Cardew in Tirana, context-specific performance of Cardew’s compositions. With: Christian von Borries, Vasil S. Tole. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institute; National History Museum, Tirana

May 2012

TIRANA THRASH, Re-Enactment of Tirana’s first punk concert from 1989, with: Attila the Stockbroker (UK)

January 2010 – October 2010

Project Assistant at the artistic office at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, amongst for:

 

Wystawa, guest exhibition at the Muzeum Sztuki

Nowoczesnej w Warszawie, Warsaw;

Early Years; 6. berlin biennale; Highlights of the Cologne Kunst Film Biennale; MISS READ Artist Book Festival;

Renata Lucas;

Absalon

August 2009 – November 2009

Guest Curator/Project Development of the touring exhibition Nomadic Archives, BookWorks, London

August 2008 – July 2009

Guest Curator at the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, for the exhibition Ri-Pikturim (Engl.: Re-Paintings)

2007

Gallery Assistant at Matts Gallery in the context of Susan Hiller’s solo exhibition The Last Silent Movie, London

2007

Guest Curator of the video installation Samantha Singing by Claire Wheeldon, LATE AT TATE, TATE Britain, London

2003

Internship at Gallery Yvon Lambert in the context of Christian Boltanski’s solo exhibition Entre Temps, Paris

 

 

Talks and Publications (Selection)

September 2013 / forthcoming

Catalogue essay for the monograph Delirium of denying on artist Thomas Trinkl, published by the KHM, Cologne

April 2012

Laudatio in the context of the exhibition Delirium of Denying by Thomas Trinkl, MIII Kunstverein Mönchengladbach e. V.

March 2012

Talk on Alternative Exhibition Formats, Tetovo, Macedonia, Together with: Christoph Tannert and Suzana Milevska

 

March 2011

Talk and screening It felt like a Kiss – Individualism, Revolt, and Appropriation (Adam Curtis, 2009)iat the faculty of Media Science, German University Cairo (GUC), Cairo