(b. 1962, Switzerland), Lives and works in Zurich
A pioneer of spatial video art, Pipilotti Rist has been a central figure within the international art scene since the mid-1980s. Co-developing with technological advancements, her large-scale large-scale video projections, digital manipulations, installations, and immersive three-dimensional video works are playful explorations of humanhood and in particular, of the female body, often her own. Often described as surreal, intimate and abstract, her practice draws on its multi-sensory qualities to create tactile, auditory and visual experience. Colour and sound components of her installations are vivid and all-encompassing, redefining the medium of video art alongside the undercurrents of social critique that contextualises Rist’s work.
Gaining acclaim for her work in the 1997 Venice Biennial, during which she received the Premio 2000 Prize, Rist continued her upward trajectory of international recognition, teaching at the University of California Los Angeles with Paul McCarthy in 2002–2003, and being awarded the Joan Miró Prize in 2009. Rist has held solo exhibitions in institutions including The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA (LA), Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (LA); The National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto); Kunsthaus Zürich; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk); Kunsthalle Krems; among many others.