Elske Rosenfeld (born 1974 in Halle/Saale, GDR) uses different textual and artistic formats to look at the relationship between specific historical, as well as contemporary scenarios of political upheaval, and their potential for affecting political change. Her ongoing project “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures” focuses on the bodily, gestural content of archival footage from situations of revolution or protest, to develop abstracted interventions into and around these materials.
Her work has been shown internationally in group and solo presentations, among others at 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/Scriptings 2014; 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 eipcp.net, Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Feminist Media Studies, Reviews in Cultural Theory, and a number of other books and journals.
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.