In the formats of exhibitions, editions and readings, Dominique Hurth is interested in the framing and reading of objects and events, folding and unfolding them into non-linear historical narratives. Edison, Mathias Rust, Le Corbusier, Pavlov’s experiment table, Herbert Bayer’s exhibition designs meet France Gall, the countdown to zero, Rodin, Sarah Bernhardt, Cessna, Mallarmé, or Heinlein, thus transposing historical data into a subjective voice-over. Between fiction and facts, the created installations operate as abstracted containers for narratives, unloading highly different readings of History, in which recording technology, popular culture, science (fiction) oscillate with art history, modernism or literature: thus merging fact and fiction, image and caption, form and word.


The starting point for new works is often a narrative present in localities or images, translated into documents, archives and exhibition displays, accompanied by the subjective voice of personal narratives, questioning the entity of the object in space. Even though her installations are often concentrated on the form, a long and detailed research is strongly embedded in the development of this same form. It is by ways of archival research, journalistic investigation, writing and material experiments that the works develop, and it is by way of editing that the installation operates in the exhibition space. The strategy of replicating (and per se questioning the authenticity of the original and of the document) follows a reading of images, and all are often concentrated in the relationship between sculptural work and printed matter.


Born in Colmar, France (1985), Dominique Hurth received a BA in Fine Arts from the Saint Martin’s School of Art, London, 2005; and received her MA in Visual Arts (DNSAP) from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris in 2009 (atelier C. Boltanski). 2010-11 she has been awarded a research and production bursary at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL. In 2012-13 she was recipient of the Fellowship in Art at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, AT. She had residencies at Triangle France (Marseille), Can Xalant (Mataró) in 2011 and 2012, and Østre (Bergen) in 2015. In 2014-15, Hurth is awarded the Prize of the Berliner Senate / Governing Mayor of Berlin at ISCP, New York; as well as a research grant from the FNAGP (Paris). In 2015, she received the Research and Working Grant for Visual Artists from the Berliner Senate. In 2015, she received the Research and Working Grant for Visual Artists from the Berliner Senate, followed by the Pollock Foundation Grant in 2016-17. Forthcoming projects include a new body of work investigating four boxes of cyanotypes in the collection of Photography at the Smithsonian Archives, Washington, DC.


She has exhibited at various museums, galleries, and off-site projects in Europe and the USA, and has also contributed to several art and culturally related publications internationally. Recent projects include group shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona; Villa Oppenheim – Museum Charlottenburg, Berlin; Tiroler Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck; LOOK 13 – Liverpool International Photography Festival; MAMO – Cité Radieuse, Marseille; Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen; after the butcher, Berlin; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Literature House, Aarhus; Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen; Fiebach-Minninger, Köln; Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; MABA Nogent-sur-Marne; Haeler Echo, NYC; CRIC, Nîmes; solo shows at Souterrain and clockwork gallery Berlin; Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck; Wildtsches Haus, Basel; Die Raum, Berlin; a commissioned work on the Ku’Damm, Berlin, and a series of readings in Marseille, Rotterdam, Innsbruck, Paris and Berlin. She also publishes frequently in the format of artist editions and pamphlets. Her first book «language in the darkness of the world through inverse images» was published in 2012, followed by «séance de lecture» in 2016.

From September 2012 until December 2013, she was Assistant Professor at the Bauhaus University, Weimar - Media Faculty.

From January 2014 until December 2015, she was professor for sculpture and installation at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, where she initiated the series «chewing gum, stones and crystals» , investigating current sculptural and installation practices through a series of conversations and performative encounters between women artists.
She has intervened at a.o. the Aarhus School of Architecture; Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus; KHIO, Oslo; Bauhaus University Weimar, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam; Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem; UdK Berlin, and currently teaches as Professor II at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.


Dominique Hurth lives and works in Berlin since 2005.


// Selected listing of exhibitions and lecture-performances can be found here //



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