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Sonya Schönberger

Studio Building
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Studio Location
Samuel, one of the witnesses of WWII, that I met in NYC for my research project "nix zu reissen und zu beissen"
14.August 1944, shrapnel which wounded Anton, 2012, wax, unique
Brief, 2012, 1 of 5, part of the solo show "Anton" at Cuchifritos
Agnes, 2012, colored photograph, 24x36"
641 objects without qualities, 2011-12, in collaboration with Christof Zwiener
Artist's Statement

In my recent research on and with witnesses from Worldwar II, I am reflecting the impacts and traumata of this time which transformed not only for the immediate affected generation the question of Heimat (home) and national identity, but also tremendously for the following generations. Especially in personal conversations I had so far in Germany, I discovered the specific character of this generation that experienced the war; blocking out, guilt, shame, silence and continuing by all means are a collective expression of this nation of perpetrators and victims. Every conversation I had lead to the common fate: hardly anyone was free to live the life they wanted to. My current residency in New York is dedicated in part to engaging into discussion with US based German individuals and families who witnessed the Second World War; these interviews feed into the pursuit of my larger and ongoing oral history research project.


2012 Artist in Residence Full Tilt Mc Ivers Newfoundland Canada
2012 Artist in Residence of Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in New York
2010 Artist in Residence GeoAIR Tiblisi Georgia
2009 Artist in Residence CPH AIR Copenhagen Denmark
2009 Artist in Residence Centre Culturel Esch sur Alzette Luxembourg
2007 Artist exchange reloading images Berlin-Tehran Iran
2012 Guest Room Show Paulalala Museum, Cornwallville, New York State
2012 Anton Cuchifritos Gallery, Lower East Side, New York
2012 outer space Full Tilt Newfoundland Canada
2012 Scrutiny Mutiny Gartenstudio Berlin
2012 secret cabinet Berlin
2011 Art in times of New Media Transformations Organhaus Artspace Chongqing China
2011 Mögliche Systeme Kunstverein Zürich Switzerland
2010 Inventory Cap House Kobe Japan
2010 Bücherei Forgotten Bar Berlin
2010 Artisterium Tbilisi Georgia