Katja Novitskova


Katja Novitskova Earthware (soft approximation, beluga 01), 2022 UV printer ink, epoxy clay, nail polish 100 x 100 x 2.5 cm


(b. 1984, Estonia) Lives and works between Amsterdam and Berlin

In her practice that unites art, technology and science, Estonian artist Katja Novitskova explores the complexity and pitfalls of depicting the world through technologically driven narratives. Creating immersive environments inhabited by devices like microscopes or brain scans, beastly creatures like parasitic worms, cutout, dramatic images of animals, incubating machines, she erases the line between the natural world and corporate technology. In shaping her own coherent ecosystems often set in a chosen landscape or natural environment, Novitskova uses online data on speculative near-futures, algorithms and artificial intelligence in her reflections on ecology, human evolution and digital spheres. Her installations are abundant in futurism, gravitating towards the realms of science fiction yet anchored by the very real questions on the human condition in the contemporary, accelerating world.

Katja Novitskova’s work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions including Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Siegen); Fries Museum (Leeuwarden); Stavanger Art Museum, (Stavanger); Marta Herford Museum, (Herford); Kraupa-Tuskany (Zeidler) ; MUDAM (Luxembourg); Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen (Fortwachter  Belgrade Biennal (2021), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Zürich); Powerlong Museum (Shanghai); ; the 14. Fellbach Trienniale (2019); CCA, (Tel Aviv); Whitechapel Gallery (London); Kumu Art Museum (Tallinn), Baltic Triennial (Vilnius, 2018); the Estonian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017; The Public Art Fund (NYC), Cc Foundation & Art Centre (Shanghai); Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt); The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), among many others. Her work is in the collections of Stavanger Art Museum (Stavanger), Stedeljik Museum (Amsterdam), National Museum (Oslo), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Kumu Art Museum (Estonia), Marta Herford (Herford), Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bonn), among many others.

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