Steffi Klenz is an artist based in London who works with photography and video. Her practice has been consistently preoccupied with the built environment, critically exploring the notion of place and spatiality. Her works indicate a clear interest in the political engagement with particular buildings, environments or geographies in conflict, considering the relationship between aesthetics, technology and representation.
Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Wellcome Collection London, The British Museum, The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, FotoMuseum Antwerp, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Fine Art Museum Luleå, The Finish Museum of Photography, The SeaCity Museum in Southampton, The Royal Academy in London, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen and Museum Künstlerkolonie in Darmstadt.
Her work has been reviewed in numerous magazines such as Art Monthly, Art Review, Art World China, Elephant Magazine, The Architectural Review, Photographies, Photography and Culture, History of Photography Journal and Portfolio Magazine.
Discussions of her work have also appeared in Chris Townsend’s “New Art from London” by Thames & Hudson (2006), Judith Rugg’s “Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture” by Intellect Publishing (2012), Robert Shore’s “Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera” by Laurence King Publishing (2014), Imogen Racz’ “Art and Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday” by I.B. Tauris (2015), Robert Shore’s “Beg, Steal and Borrow” by Laurence King Publishing (2017) and Jean Wainwright’s “Ship to Shore: The Art and Lure of the Sea” by John Hansard Gallery and Cornerhouse Publications in 2018.
She published her first book “Polo bound for Passaic” with Cornerhouse Publishing and Schaden Verlag in 2009. With Mörel Books she published her book “He only feels the black and white of it, Berlin Wall 14-07-1973” in 2016 and her book “So to Speak” was published in 2018.
She has been commissioned to undertake the Rights of Passage Commission for the 2015 Venice Biennale, the BBC East Tower Commission (2016-2017) in London, Strange Cargo Commission for the Cheriton Light Festival 2018 and completed the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Cultural Quarter Commission in 2018. She is currently working on the Camden Alive – Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture Commission.
She is Reader in Photography at the School of Fine Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.
Current & Forthcoming:
Tensed Muscles, Solo-Exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London, 21 May-11 July 2021
Conceptual Book Design ('He only feels the black and white of it" selected by Büro International London), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, 5 February - 31 March 2021
File 2020 - Electronic Language International Festival - Exhibition of Beun (single-screen projection), SESI Art Gallery, Sao Paulo, Spring 2021 (exact dates tbc due to Covid)
Photography and Culture Magazine, Special Issue 13, "Fast Forward and Rewind: Voices of Women Photographers" by Jean Wainwright, December 2020-February 2021
International Biennale of Photography of Belo Horizonte, Brazil (FIF_BH), December 2020-January 2021
The London Mayor's Borough of Culture - Camden Alive Commission, 2019-2020