Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter was born 1977 in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 1997–1999 she studied at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv and in 2002–2004 at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She received the Baloise Art Prize Basel in 2006, and in 2008 the Ars Viva Preis für Bildende Kunst des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin. In 2009 she was awarded the Absolut Art Award and shortlisted for the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst Berlin. Her work has been exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia (2009).

In recent years, Keren Cytter has developed a large body of films where the use of a (nonlinear) narrative is central. She continuously plays with the notion of the real and the fictitious, using nonprofessional actors and often handheld cameras. Her films are deconstructing the modern principles of cinema, balancing between performance, theatre and film. The use of language has a central place in her work and mostly follows a nonrealistic poetical style. The subjects are related to existential questions of love, hate and the human condition in general; they are a dark and sometimes comical reflection on today’s society.

At PAC, Keren Cytter presents her new film Bad Poet as a premiere. By bringing the film together with a display of objects related to the project, she realizes a new dimension in her work.