Bettina Pousttchi at TrAIN

Bettina Pousttchi has recently arrived in London as the second Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral Artist-in-Residence at TrAIN. Pousttchi will be in the UK for six months between January and June 2008, where she will research and develop new work, in her studio at ACAVA London and via participation in TrAIN research seminars and events. The German-Iranian artist studied philosophy, art and film theory in Cologne before attending the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf (studying with Gerhard Merz and Rosemarie Trockel) and the Whitney Independent Studio Programme. She lives in Berlin, where her work is represented by the Buchmann Galerie.

Pousttchi works in large-format photography and video installation. Her most recent series of work is a sequence of twelve photographs collectively titled Parachutes and based on photographs Pousttchi took during a flight practice in Berlin.

The helicopters, plans and parachutists in these images are only schematically visible, appearing as diminuative flying objects hurled against reworked and overdrawn skyscapes. The series addresses the assertion of state authority over territory, and continues an interest in non-places that is evident in photographic series such as Take Off (2005) and the video installation Landing (2006).

Wednesday 16 January, 2008