Born in Vienna Fanni Futterknecht has been studying fine art, contextual painting and video at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She participated at CNDC in Angers in France researching live performance, space and the body.

Fanni Futterknecht’s works adopt a position that spans media, ranging between video, performance and installation. In her works she reflects on sociological and social questions, converting them into poetic interpretations. In spatial and plastic realizations and translations, and by means of language, the artist works on – in the form of performance, demonstrations, videos and installations – the construction and deconstruction of scenarios. Performance-installations are understood as processual sculptures, transforming creatively during their staging.Part of this investigation is a concern with processes of media translation and a questioning of the media employed in each context: the translation of the performance into a video. The video as an exhibition. The installation as a performance.


This exhibition presents recent works by Fanni Futterknecht exploring the relationship between writing, speaking and drawing. Engaging with social concepts such as the “I” and “us” and their interaction, the exhibition questions the rhetoric of protest and demonstration. In the form of a documentary video, the work “We Will Not Let You Go” explores constructions of subject matter in our European society and depicts both perceived times of union and times of one’s isolation.
The central issues of the project are the visualisation of intra-linguistic and hierarchical power structures, dynamics and modes of expression as well as the symbolic appropriation of space and social control. In addition to this, the artist also presents a series of drawings that she created in an attempt to translate certain terms into kritzeln (a German verb meaning both scribble and doodle) in an abstract and poetic way. The exhibition aims to lay the foundations for Fanni’s residency in SOMA and her next research project around the expression and communication of a written and non-verbal language.