083 Artists Ginny Sykes and Kim Dotty Hachmann discuss international collaborations

Since 2013 artists Kim Dotty Hachmann (GER) and Ginny Sykes (USA) have worked on video collaborations addressing the complex relationship of civilization and nature.


About Ginny Sykes (USA)

Ginny Sykes works in painting, installation, performance, video, and public art. Her practice is informed by feminism as a resistance to institutional and prescriptive classifications of a universalized female experience. Aligned with Carl Jung’s understanding of alchemy and transformation through artistic process, Sykes is invested in a belief of bringing what lies at the margins of personal and social consciousness to the center of her practice.

Selected exhibitions in the United States include: Chicago Cultural Center, Loyola University Art Museum, Noyes Cultural Center, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; LACE, Los Angeles, CA; APW Gallery, Long Island City, NY; Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, California; International exhibitions include: Water Tower Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria; HearteartH Festival, Berlin, Germany, and Milan, Italy; Traffic Jam #4, Saltillo Contemporary, Saltillo, Mexico and Can Gelabert Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, Spain; Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Stockhom, Sweden. Sykes has created over 40 public arts projects including On the Wings of Water at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Rora, an interpretative history of the Chicago River, received an honor award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Sykes earned an MA from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, in Women Studies and Gender Studies; a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis, MO; and studied art and art history at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. Sykes lives and works in Chicago.


About Kim Dotty Hachmann (Germany)

Kim Dotty Hachmann, born 1974 in Hamburg lives and works in Berlin. She studied Visual Communications and Fine Arts focusing on new media at Kunsthochschule Kassel (KhK). Studies from 1996–2004 under Prof. Bjørn Melhus, Prof. Rolf Lobeck, Prof. Nicolaus Ott, Prof. Bernard Stein. Kim Dotty earned her Master’s Degree “with honors” and has been appointed to the status of “Meisterschülerin”. In 2002 she won the KhK Academy Award.
Since 2001 Kim Dotty Hachmann has succesfully taken part in international exhibitions and media art festivals. She has been selected for Artist in Residence programs worldwide such as CAC SES VOLTES in Palma, Spain, Kultivator in Sweden, Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taipei (Taiwan), Casa das Caldeiras in São Paulo (Brazil), Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Künstlerhaus Lukas and Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt in Germany.

Kim Dotty Hachmann is member of the trafficjam project and the Exquisite Corpse Video Project ECVP. She is also very active in the selforganised art scene as part of microwesten and top e.V, both artist run initiatives. Within the network AIM Europe her artist initiative microwesten is promoting the selforganised art scene together with 10 other partners around Europe. Currently Kim Dotty Hachmann holds a lectureship in Motion Design at hdpk, Hochschule der Populären Künste in Berlin. In 2014 her students realised the opening animation „Tower to the people“ for the Water Tower Art Fest in Sofia which later won the prize for Computeranimation at the German Media Award dmb, Deutscher Medien Preis.

Her work is about current sociopolitical questions towards family life as well as the very own experiences of her family. Visually she expresses the opposites of individuality and community, intimacy and borders, power and weakness in a humorous, poetic and sometimes grotesque way. Additionally she works in cooperation together with other women artists. These are project based video and performance works with a certain philosophical background. Crosscultural work and exchange is of a great importance to her.


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