b. 1970 in Denmark
Katya Sander lives and works in Berlin. Her practice reflects that of a young generation of Danish artists who share a strong interest in social issues. Sander is involved with several publications and has worked as a writer and editor of the magazine ‘Øjeblikket’ and as editor with Simon Sheikh of the 'OE-reader' series. Her practice revolves around themes of the private and public domain, language, identity, urban planning and democracy. A strong element of her interest and research into public spaces relates to the space operated by the news and media. Often in her works, the viewers, or, more specifically, the people who are affected by her work, are involved actively. Sander says that she is not interested in what art is, but in what art, or the artist, can make out of existing possibilities. Therefore, it is only logical that her projects are almost always initiated outside the gallery sphere, or take their material form from everyday spaces. Sander recently presented solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, 2008 and at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, 2005. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the CCA Watts Institute, San Francisco, 2006; at SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2006; and in Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007 and the Periferic 7 Biennial for Contemporary Art, Iasi, 2006.