"A few issues have always been crucial to my work: the act of becoming, the quest for precision and the chance to fail. I like complications. Immersed in politics, history, philosophy, literature, and yes, art, too, you won't become the very model of an expert. (And we all have to pay the electricity bill now and again.) But eventually, you may become an artist."
Bettina Carl's artistic practice focuses on drawing, painting and site-specific installations, often incorporating texts and three-dimensional objects. Among her recent shows are exhibitions at the Brno House of Art (CZ), Lucie Fontaine Milano (IT), and Helmhaus Zurich. She won several grants and residencies and has exhibited widely across Europe. For more than 15 years now, Bettina Carl has also been active as a curator and writer in the art field. In 2001, she co-founded the artists' initiative CAPRI Berlin, she worked as a curator at White Space Zurich, and as a guest curator, she realised exhibition projects at international art spaces and institutions.
Bettina Carl studied English and Spanish Literatures and Linguistics in Munich, Granada (Spain), and in Berlin, then completed the Fine Art course at the Berlin University of Art (MFA Meisterschuelerin with Prof. Katharina Sieverding), and studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design London. Bettina Carl is also a graduate of the Critical Studies Postgraduate Course, Malmo Academy of Arts/Lund University, Sweden. She is presently based in Zurich and Berlin.
2016 / 201602 / The Artist as The Curator as The Artist
The Artist as The Curator as The Artist
(The Art of Curating or How about a Paracuratorial Turn?)
Bettina Carl, Clare Goodwin