Sonya Schönberger is a Berlin-based German artist whose practice is strongly influenced by historical themes in connection with biographical memories marked by breaks. Many of her works have developed out of different archives that she has created or found over the last years. Alongside these, Schönberger also works with the changing public space in Berlin due to political or social changes. She works with formats like photography, theater, installations, publications and audio. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including the USA, Iran, Pakistan, Israel and Canada.

Education

  • 1996-2001 Studies of Social Anthropology at the Free University Berlin
  • 1999-2000 Erasmus Scholarship University of Zürich
  • 2004-2005 Rietveld Academie Amsterdam Audiovisual Class
  • 2005-2008 Studies of Experimental Mediadesign at the University of Arts Berlin
  • 2009 Meisterschülerin of Prof. Thomas Arslan
  • 2014-2017 Mentee Mentoring program of the Berlin Performing Arts Program (PAP)

  • Represented by Katharina Maria Raab Gallery Berlin

Residencies and Scholarships

  • 2019 Research Funding Fonds Darstellende Künste
  • 2018 Artist in Residence Blackstadinresidence Blackstad, Sweden
  • 2018 Artist in Residence New Media Society Tehran, Iran
  • 2017 Artist in Residence Goethe Institut Nairobi, Kenia
  • 2017 Project Funding Bezirkskulturfonds Lichtenberg
  • 2017 Artist in Residence Artport Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2017 GLOBAL Scholarship Berlin Senate to collaborate with the National Drama Theater of Lithuania, Vilnius
  • 2017 Artist in Residence Gozo AiR Gozo, Malta
  • 2016 ifa Travel Grant to Skopje, Macedonia
  • 2015 Scholarship Ilse Augustin Stiftung
  • 2015 Resumption Project Funding for Rosemarie Berlin Senate
  • 2015 Travel Grant to Karachi, Pakistan Berlin Senate
  • 2014 Working Scholarship Berlin Senate
  • 2014 Project Funding for Rosemarie Berlin Senate
  • 2014 Artist in Residence Lichtenberg Studios Berlin
  • 2012 Artist in Residence Full Tilt Mc Ivers Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2012 Artist in Residence of Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in New York, Residency Unlimited
  • 2011 Goethe Travel Grant to Tetovo, Macedonia
  • 2011 Berlin Exchange Funding to Organhouse Chongqing, China
  • 2010 Berlin Exchange Funding to Tehran and Lahijan, Iran
  • 2010 Artist in Residence GeoAIR Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 2010 Cimetta Foundation Travel Scholarship to Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • 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
  • 2007 Artist in Residence Full Tilt Mc Ivers Newfoundland, Canada

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018 Fault Lines x-mbassy, former Australian Embassy in East-Berlin
  • 2018 Berliner Zimmer Märkisches Museum Berlin
  • 2018 Colette Berlin weekly
  • 2018 Großraum with Daniel Janik, Bund Deutscher Architekten Berlin
  • 2017 Zingster Straße 25 studio im HOCHHAUS
  • 2017 Den Trümmern zum Trotze Katharina Maria Raab Gallery
  • 2017 Field Trip FRAGMENTA Malta
  • 2016-17 sich sicher sein video installation at Ephraimpalais and Humboldt Box, Berlin
  • 2016 The shapeless mass sound installation Museum Arnhem, Netherlands, for the exhibition "Ademruimte"
  • 2016 The Throw photo and sound installation, National Gallery of Skopje, Macedonia, for the exhibition "Archives of Violence"
  • 2016 Gangaram Gurung video installation in collaboration with Dr. Heike Liebau, ZMO, Kunstraum Kreuzberg for the exhibition "digging deep - crossing far"
  • 2016 Drei Steine video installation in collaboration with Dr. Mirjam Brusius, Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik Charlottenburg in the context of the Berlin-Babylon-Bagdad Festival, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2016 fachidiotisch - eine Betrachtung 1. BerlinBritzenale
  • 2015 Andre&Arno, Teil II Kunsthaus Dahlem in collaboration with Neue Berliner Räume
  • 2015 Michael Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and IVS Gallery Karachi Pakistan
  • 2014-15 Anton Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 45cbm
  • 2014 KEY DELIVERY ADN Pförtnerhaus in collaboration with the Wende Museum Los Angeles
  • 2014 Fuge facade installation, Ballhaus Ost Berlin
  • 2014 Bilder, die wir behalten/Elisabeth Neue Berliner Räume
  • 2014 Schlüsselübergabe ADN-Pförtnerhaus, Berlin-Lichtenberg
  • 2014 Scherben with Christof Zwiener at Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge Berlin
  • 2013 Berlin Hauptstadt der DDR Spor Klübü with Christof Zwiener Berlin
  • 2013 Sylt Kreuzbergpavillon
  • 2013 til tiden Sydhavn Station Copenhagen Denmark
  • 2013 Colette HPI Howard Park Institute Toronto Canada
  • 2013 Indizien für eine mögliche deutsche Geschichte Kunstverein Zürich Switzerland
  • 2012 Yesterday's Farewell 5th International Biennale Baku Azerbaijan
  • 2012 Cocaine blows my brain... Spor Klübü Berlin
  • 2012 Guest Room Show Paulalala Museum Cornwallville Upstate New York
  • 2012 Anton Cuchifritos Gallery Lower East Side New York and Raum für Zweckfreiheit Berlin
  • 2012 outer space Full Tilt Newfoundland Canada
  • 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
  • 2010 Various Works Schillerpalais Berlin
  • 2010 Fever Dreams Forgotten Bar Berlin
  • 2010 Yesterday came suddenly Atbin Gallery Tehran Iran
  • 2010 Gaza on my mind 100x70 Art Space Lahijan Iran
  • 2009 Gaza on my mind Galerie Terre Rouge Esch sur Alzette Luxembourg

Theater and Performances

  • 2017 Vokietukai - little Germans theater play in collaboration with the National Drama Theater of Lithuania in Vilnius
  • 2016 I would always dream of my house - Stories of Displacement Audio Walk with Shahana Rajani in collaboration with Hebbel am Ufer and Goethe Institut Pakistan
  • 2014/15 rosemarie theater play in collaboration with Ballhaus Ost
  • 2015 like a monkey with a miniature cymbal in collaboration with Julius Heise, ʃtaʦion Berlin
  • 2015 Andre&Arno Kunsthaus Dahlem in collaboration with Neue Berliner Räume
  • 2014 questioning with magic garden, Schlachthaus Bern and Roxy Basel
  • 2012 nix zu reißen und zu beißen excerpts from the memory archive, Sophiensäle Berlin
  • 2010 Backstage Beer Musical with Ulla Hvejsel, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen Denmark
  • 2009 Maple Street Wunder der Prärie, Mannheim
  • 2007 Extreme Crafts Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius Lithuania
  • 2004 SECRETKEEPERS with Colette Urban, Duende Rotterdam and WADE, Toronto Canada

Films

  • 2010/2011 Auf der Suche Filmbühne an der Volksbühne Berlin, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Arsenal Berlin
  • 2010 Wo sind die Popcorn Art in divided cities Mostar BiH and Loja, Tetovo Macedonia
  • 2008 Moments and Thoughts – Colette Urban - Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2007 Sonja sieht rot Volksbühne Berlin

Bibliography

  • 2017 Zingster Straße 25 - Berliner Hefte zu Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt
  • 2015 History is a warm gun - n.b.k., Verlag Wather König
  • 2011 Auf der Suche - von Cornelis Hähnel in “Schnitt Das Filmmagazin #63”
  • 2011 Extra/Ordinary, Craft and Contemporary Art - Maria Elena Buszek ed.
  • 2010 What makes the life? - the inventory project - Forlaget Asterisk Arhaus Denmark

Radio

  • 2018 André Müller – aus dem Kassettenarchiv eines radikalen Interviewers - Feature in collaboration with Norbert Lang, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Talks and Lectures

  • 2018 Artist Talk New Media Society Tehran, Iran
  • 2018 Panel Discussion at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Graduate School UdK
  • 2018 in conversation with Max Dax, Santa Lucia Galerie Berlin
  • 2018 Artist Talk August Bebel Institut Berlin
  • 2015 Panel Discussion Karachi Literature Festival, Pakistan
  • 2015 Artist Talk IVS Gallery Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2013 Artist Talk Guelph University, Kanada
  • 2011 Artist Talk together with Christof Zwiener, Chongqing Art University