Kristin Wenzel, born in 1983 in Gotha, East Germany, lives and works in Bucharest and Gotha. She received an MA from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2013. The artist’s multidisciplinary practice involves large-scales installations, sculptures, and interventions in public space, often created as site-specific and site-sensitive social environments.
Drawn to micro-architecture, such as kiosks, vitrines and flower shops, the visual scanning and mapping of places and buildings is an ongoing process undertaken by the artist. She tackles the implications of public architecture as both ‘memory foam’ – inscribed with its particular history – and open structure – allowing it to be strayed from its original design. The notion of transformation, be it conceptual or material, permeates her entire practice and connects the past and present through processes of collecting and reinterpreting. Her projects embed the production of temporary spaces and identities through playful environments that visitors are invited to inhabit.
Selected solo and group exhibitions: Tausend Melodien (2022), installation in public space, Friedrichroda, Germany; Where our Strength Lies. 50 Artists from the GDR (2022), group show, curated by Andrea Pichl, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Germany; LOVERS IN THE NIGHT (2021), Goethe-Institut, Bucharest, Romania; The Coin (2021), Herzogliches Museum, Gotha in collaboration with ACC Galerie Weimar; Flesh Dance (2021), Art-O-Rama, Marseille; TRICKSTER (2020), Hammerschimdt + Gladigau, Erfurt, Germany; wild orchids (2020), SOX Berlin; The Near and the Elsewhere (2020), Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest, Romania. In 2018, together with the artists Vlad Brăteanu, Alice Gancevici & Remus Pușcariu, she co-founded Template, an artists’ initiative and exhibition project in Bucharest.
As part of her artistic practice she also curates and initiates exhibitions, locally and internationally. Her recent curatorial projects include: Protect Your Heart at Work, Rezidenta BRD Scena9 (2022) in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Bucharest and MEANS OF ESCAPE, curated for Kunsthaus Erfurt (2021).