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Joannie Baumgärtner, born 1992 in Germany, is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Coming from a background in performance poetry, they began to work in fine arts around 2010, accompanied by an ever growing interest and written practice in critical aesthetics and cultural theory.

Baumgärtner graduated with a state exam in Fine Arts and Art Education from AdBK Nürnberg in 2017, and with a MA (cum laude) in Art Practice from the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, in 2019. They were appointed the “Master Student" with Prof. Jochen Flinzer in 2016 and with Prof. Michael Stevenson in 2017, both at AdBK Nürnberg.

Since 2012 Baumgärtner has performed and exhibited in a range of cities, in Germany and abroad. Among others, their work has been shown at Kunstverein-am-Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Freies Theater Innsbruck, Hotwheels Projects Athens and Knulp Artists Space in Sydney. Since 2016, Baumgärtners writing has been published in collective publications and in two books by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Wien, and Kerber Verlag.

Nowadays, Baumgärtners aesthetic practice is situated on the fringes of installation, sound-art, DJ-ing, performance and poetry, whilst theoretical writing is used as both, a device for artistic research as well as an alternative space to articulate outcomes of artistic knowledge production. Their sculptural approach considers everything to be an object: Matters are examined for their affective qualities as well as their relation to social structures and processes. This field of tension is often providing the playing grounds for Baumgärtners performances, that play with elements of movement, spoken word, electronic music, noise and dance.Their work leans heavy into a critique of beauty, idealism and identity, revealing them as intellectual tools of power. As a trans-feminine non-binary artists it is their aim to think through, verbalise and represent forms of solidarity that grow beyond normative boundaries.