Heike Baranowsky

Originally from Augsburg, Baranowsky mainly works with artistic digital photography. She has been awarded numerous art grants, including two from Pasadena and Los Angeles, California, as well the BDI Förderpreis for her photographic and video artworks in 1997. Baranowsky studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and was a master-class student under Katharina Sieverding at the HdK Berlin from 1993 to 1995. Following two-years of training at the Royal College of Art in London, she worked as a guest lecturer at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena from 2001 to 2003. Baranowsky's work has focused particularly on the changes in urban development in Paris and Los Angeles. Her photographic and video artworks are characterised by "photo loops", zoom effects and centripetal movements, all of which distort familiar images of cities and emphasise individual phenomena which are often overlooked. In the meantime, Baranowsky has attained international recognition with over ten solo exhibitions and a large number of group exhibitions. For her project in Peking, she would like to create a video installation using photography and audio-visuals which combines a bird's-eye external shot of Peking with interior views of the city. The project will contain references to films by Hitchcock, Antonioni, Coppola and Snow, all of which deal with voyeurism and the supposed misinterpretation of what the viewer sees.