Filmmaker, theorist, and author Hito Steyerl examines pop culture, social issues, and gender politics through the moving image. Her work is highly self-referential; Steyerl is adamant that one must understand his or her own role in social issues before exploring such topics artistically. As a result, she is often featured in many of her works. Drawing inspiration from her dual heritage, Steyerl is greatly influenced by both German and Japanese avant-garde film. In addition to solo exhibitions throughout Europe, Steyerl’s work has been included in numerous art shows including the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2004), Manifesta 5 (2004), dOCUMENTA (12) (2007) and the Shanghai Biennale (2008), among others. Steyerl holds a PhD in philosophy, currently serves as a professor for media arts at the University of Arts Berlin and has taught film theory at both Goldsmith College and Bard College.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany