Kathrin C. Becker
is a Berlin based curator and writer. From 2001 to 2019 she worked as a curator, managing director and head of the Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). From February 2020, she works as the artistic director oft the KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
Having studied art history and Slavic languages in Bochum, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, she made her first experiences as a curator in the field of cultural exchange between Russia and the West. From the late 1990s, Becker developed an international curatorial profile and worked in the field of the interference of popular and high cultures, global visual languages, and institutional practice as a method of cultural foreign policies between Western, East European and Middle Eastern societies.
Kathrin Becker has curated numerous exhibitions in institutions such as Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin; National Centre For Contemporary Art, Moscow; P.S. 1 Museum / The Institute of Contemporary Art, New York; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Mies van der Rohe Pavillon, Barcelona; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Gallery of the Capital Prague; Kunst-Werke Berlin / KW Institute for Contemporary Art; Moscow House of Photography. She has curated solo shows including artists such as Bani Abidi, Halil Altindere, Nairy Baghramian, Rosa Barba, Ursula Biemann, John Bock, Louise Bourgeois, Candice Breitz, Kajsa Dahlberg, Claire Fontaine, Maryam Jafri, Laura Horelli, Allan Kaprow, Takuji Kogo / John Miller, Christiane Möbus, Andrei Monastyrski, Matthias Müller, Hajnal Németh, Elizabeth Price, Dmitri A. Prigov, Laure Prouvost, Oliver Ressler, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Ira Schneider, Anatoly Shuravlev, Ming Wong, Yevgeny Yufit, Vadim Zakharov / Niklas Nitschke, David Zink Yi, and Artur Zmijewski and group shows such as Stalin's Choice - Soviet Socialist Realism 1932-1956; Flight - Departure - Disappearance. Moscow Conceptual Art; Can you hear me? 2nd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art; Remake Berlin; No more bad girls?; Feminismen; A Sense of History; and Facts and Fictions. In 2012, Kathrin Becker worked as the curator of the 3rd Moscow International Biennial For Young Art (MIBYA). In 2014, she realized the International Symposium Video Trajectories that looked at contemporary video art practice from the perspectives of presentation, technological change, production and the public.
Kathrin Becker has published widely in exhibition catalogues and magazines and served on numerous curatorial teams, advisory boards and juries.