Burning Question

What’s God got to do with it? What happens in the encounter of religion, politics and art? How is the idea of culture tied into the idea of religion?


Traveling To



About the Project

Andrea Geyer will explore the relationship of culture and religion at the Hermannsburg Mission, in central Australia. Established on Aboriginal lands by German Lutherans in the nineteenth century, Hermannsburg became home to an Aboriginal art movement. It was returned to traditional ownership in 1982. Geyer will engage with the local community to explore the cultural impact of Christianization on them, both historically and today. In so doing, she will examine many of the questions she has addressed in recent work, but in a dramatically new context.


About the Artist

Born 1971, Freiburg, Germany. Lives and works in New York City.


A 2000 graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Geyer works with photography, video and performance, using both fiction and documentary strategies in order to address larger concepts such as national identity, gender, and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories.


Geyer’s work has been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Apex Art, and Artists Space, in New York City; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; RedCat and LACE, in Los Angeles; Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland; Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden; Generali Foundation and Secession, Vienna; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; the Turin Biennale; the São Paulo Biennial; and dOCUMENTA (12), Kassel, Germany.