Elske Rosenfeld (born 1974 in Halle/Saale, GDR) uses different textual and artistic formats to look at the relationship between historical or contemporary scenarios of political upheaval and their potential for affecting political change. Her primary focus and material are the histories of state-socialism and its dissidences, and the revolution of 1989/90. The ongoing project “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures” investigates how political events manifest and come to be archived in the bodies of their protagonists.
Her work has been shown internationally in group and solo presentations, among others at f/stop festival, Leipzig, 2018; Herbstsalon III, Gorki Theater, Berlin, 2017; Tabakalera, San Sebastian, 2016; ngbk, Berlin, 2016; mumok kino, Vienna, 2016 and 2013; Rencontres Internationales 2016 Paris and Berlin; steirischer herbst 2015, Graz; Berlin Art Week 2014/Scriptings; District Berlin, 2014; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, 2013; tranzit, Cluj, Romania, 2013; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, 2013; GfzK Leipzig, 2013; BAK, Utrecht, 2010; Shedhalle, Zürich, 2010. She has taken part in international residencies, such as the Visual Arts residency program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Her texts have been published in/on Berliner Hefte, eipcp.net, Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Feminist Media Studies, Reviews in Cultural Theory, and a number of other books and journals. She runs the blog www.dissidencies.net.
In 2014 she completed a PhD-in-Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, for which she was awarded a DOC-Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She co-initiated and ran the PEEK-funded artistic research project Six Formats from 2015-2017.
Rosenfeld lives and works in Berlin.