Ruth Buchanan, Otobong Nkanga, Collier Schorr, Rosemarie Trockel, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Andrea Zittel

Biographies of the artists




Ruth Buchanan (*1980) lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Buchanan studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Between 2008-2009, she was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. In 2018 she was awarded Aoteaora New Zealand’s preeminent art award, the Walters Prize. She has realized commissions with, amongst others, Neue Auftrageber/The New Patrons and Museum Abteiberg (2023); Kunstmuseum Basel (2022); Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu/New Plymouth, (2019); MASP, São Paulo (2019); Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland,(2018); Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Poneke/Wellington; and the 8th Gwangju Biennale (2016). Buchanan is currently director of Artspace Aotearoa, a non-profit contemporary art gallery. She is represented by Coastal Signs, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.


Otobong Nkanga (*1974) lives and works in Antwerp. Nkanga studied art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 2011, Clémentine Deliss invited Nkanga to participate in the post-ethnographic exhibition Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt/Main. Otobong Nkanga was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2002 and DAAD Berlin Artist Exchange Program in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Tate St. Ives (2019), Gropius Bau, Berlin (2020), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2021), Castello di Rivoli in Turin (2021) Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges (2022) and IVAM Valencia (2023). She is represented by Lisson Gallery, London, In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris and Lumen Travo Gallery Amsterdam.


Collier Schorr (*1963) lives and works in New York. She studied journalism at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and worked as an art critic in the eighties and nineties writing for Artforum, Frieze, and other journals. Schorr has had solo exhibitions at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2007), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2007), and Villa Romana, Florence (2008), and taken part in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1998), the International Center for Photography Triennial (2003), MoMA New York (2009, 2010, 2015), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008), the Consortium in Dijon (2014), Luma Foundation in Arles (2015) and at C/O Berlin (2022) in the exhibition Orlando . Curated by Tilda Swinton. Six monographs of Schorr’s work have been published to date by MACK. In 2014, her practice shifted into fashion photography with her work appearing in mainstream magazines as well as Purple and i-D. She is represented by 303 Gallery, New York. 


Rosemarie Trockel (*1952) lives and works in Potsdam. She studied painting at the Kölner Werkschulen (1974-78). Her first solo exhibitions took place at gallery Monika Sprüth in Cologne, gallery Philomene Magers in Bonn (both 1983) and the MoMA in New York (1988). In 1999, she was the first woman artist to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale. Her work has been honored with numerous prizes, among others the Kaisering from the city of Goslar (2011) and the Roswitha Haftmann Prize (2014). Her works can be found in the collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris, Tate Gallery, London and The Art Institute of Chicago as well as several private and public collections in Germany. Major solo exhibitions include the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (2005), the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2015) and more recently at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, MMK, in Frankfurt (2023). Trockel was Professor for Fine Art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1998 to 2016.  She is represented by Sprüth Magers.


Joëlle Tuerlinckx (*1958) lives and works in Brussels. Her first solo exhibitions took place at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1987, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 1993, and Witte de With (now Kunstinstituut Melly) in Rotterdam in 1994. Recent solo exhibitions include Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2012), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2013), Kunstmuseum Basel (2016) and Dia Art Foundation, NY, USA (2018). Tuerlinckx participated in numerous major exhibitions including Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, (2001) Documenta 11 in Kassel (2002), Manifesta 14, St. Petersburg (2014), Bozar Brussels (2005), and Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017). She taught for several years at l’ERG in Brussels and in 2018, received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Hasselt University. The artist is represented by Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Köln, München and Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna. 


Andrea Zittel (*1965) lives and works in Joshua Tree National Park, California. Zittel studied Fine Art at San Diego State University and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. In the early 1990s, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she began working under the name A-Z Administrative Services which evolved into the A-Z enterprise. In 1992 Zittel designed her first Living Unit, a set of experimental structures for living. In 2000 she moved back to California and established A-Z West on an 80 acre site in Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert, which also incorporates the High Desert Test Sites (HDTS). Her work was exhibited at the 45th Venice Biennale, documenta X in Kassel, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2022 she developed a permanent site-specific installation for the Kunstmuseum Krefeld, and designed furniture sculptures for the garden house of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. She is represented by Sprüth Magers, Massimo DeCarlo, Milan, Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Sadie Coles, London.


Dr. Clémentine Deliss (*1960) is an independent, interdisciplinary curator and publisher. She is Global Humanities Professor in History of Art at the University of Cambridge and was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). She studied contemporary art and semantic anthropology in Vienna, London, and Paris.  Between 2010–2015, she was Director of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt/Main. Selected exhibitions include Portable Homelands. From Field to Factory for Hello World at Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin (2018); Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum (2011), and Foreign Exchange (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger) (2013), both at Weltkulturen Museum. Earlier exhibitions include Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Gallery (1995); and Lotte or the transformation of the object, Styrian Autumn (1990). Her independent artists’ and writers’ publication Metronome was twice presented at documenta in Kassel (1997, 2007). She has taught at leading art academies, and is the director of the Metabolic Museum-University ( 


Diane Hillebrand (*1993) lives and works in Leipzig. They studied visual communication at the University of the Arts Kassel from 2013 to 2017 and exhibition design at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design from 2017 to 2020. Since then, they have set up an independent practice as a scenographer with clients including Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Black Forest Institute of Art, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Fluid Circulations Research Group, 15th Triennial of Small Sculpture Fellbach, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, and 33rd Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana. Hillebrand has developed “Metabolic Chairs” for the Metabolic Museum-University, which they have been associated with since 2018.


Christina Scheib (*1990) is a curator who lives in Berlin. She studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim, and exhibition design, scenography and curatorial studies at the University of Art and Design, Karlsruhe. Scheib has worked for the Gropius Bau, Berlin, the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, and State of Concept, Athens. Since January 2023 she is the curator of the University of the Arts, Bremen and is in charge of the exhibition ship Dauerwelle and Speicher XI A. She has been part of the Metabolic Museum-University since 2018.