KiöR Künstler*innen

Tracey Snelling

Architektur, Installation / Objektkunst, Lichtinstallation, Medienkunst, Skulptur



My work derives from sociology, voyeurism, and geographical and architectural location. Within this idea of location, themes develop of a particular locale’s inhabitants: Who lives here? What do they do and why? These questions transport observation into the realm of storytelling. I explore place, people, and culture through the use of scale and repetition of a theme. I create new realities that change with the viewer’s perception. Through video, sound, and manipulation of size, I am not trying to replicate a place; rather I give my impression of a place, its people and their experience, and allow the viewer to extrapolate their own meaning.

My core skill as an artist is to capture the essence of time and place, engaging with my surroundings and merging its residents, localities and atmospheric peculiarities into my work. By exploring my immediate environment, studying every detail and extracting specific highlights, I transform the information into artworks, best described as 3-D non-linear sculptural films. Combining sculpture, video, light, sound, and sometimes even water and smell, they capture places and people at a specific time in history.


Born 1970 in Oakland, USA. Lives and works in Berlin.

2024 Collaborative exhibition with Roger Ballen, Pulpo Gallery, Bergson
Kraftwerk, Munich.
How We Live, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany.
2023 Tokyo Arts and Space, Hongo, Tokyo, Japan.
A Poem is a City, Berlin Independent Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.
2022 How to Build a Disaster Proof House, site-specific installation and
exhibition, Roman J. Witt Residency, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
A Poem is a City, short film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
2021 A Poem is a City, video in rotation on SFE.TV and French cable, Paris,
Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany.
2020 BIG FUCK, Open Windows, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
I can’t forget you, Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2019 RE:Search:Gallery, with the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, The
Clusterfuck 9, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.
58. Venice Biennale, Shanghai/Chongqing Hot Pot/Mixtape, in
collaboration with Swatch, Arsenale, Venice, Italy.
Metropolis, Studio la Città, Verona, Italy.
2018 Asphalt Jungle, Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, California.
First We Take Manhattan, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
2017 Film screening, Ausland, Berlin, Germany.
Here and There, University of Michigan, Institute for the Humanities, Ann
Arbor, Michigan.
2016 One Thousand Shacks, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand
Rapids, Michigan.
SFAC Kiosk Poster Series, temporary public project, San Francisco, CA.
Clusterfuck 3, New Image Art, Los Angeles, California.
2015 The Stranger--screening, Architecture Film Festival Lisbon, Lisbon,
Portugal; The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco; Jules Maeght Gallery,
San Francisco, CA.
2013 Everything is Everything, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium.
2012 Nothing short film, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki,
Greece; San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco,
California. Woman on the Run, Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach; SECCA,
Winston Salem, NC.

2023 Suddenly wonderful, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
2022 Smaller Worlds: Diorama in Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest,
2021 10 Years of Swatch, MAXXI Museum, Rome.
Mäusebunker & Hygieneinstitut, Università Iuav di Venezia, Architecture
Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Intimacy and spectacle in the age of social media, Sofia Art Projects,
Sofia, Bulgaria.
2020 La Musée, Studio la Città, Verona, Italy.
2019 13. Biennale Havana, Matanzas, Cuba.
2018 Zombies: Pay Attention! Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado.
2016 2050: A Brief History of the Future, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy.
2015 2050: A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Brussels,
Triennale Brugge 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

Disaster Proof Mobile Unit, temporary installation made with students,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2022.
Criminal City, part of Die Schneekugel, Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Germany, 2017.
A City Connected, Facebook Campus, Menlo Park, California, 2017
Art on Market Street Poster Series, San Francisco, California, 2016.

Arbeitsstipendien, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany, 2022.
Roman J. Witt Residency, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2021.
Foundwork Art Prize, New York, New York, 2020.
Institute for the Humanities Public Policy Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2017.
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters and Sculptors Award, New York,NY, 2015
Center for Cultural Innovation, Artistic Innovation Grant, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
Urs Meile Gallery residency and exhibition, Beijing, China 2008-2009