Samira Engel is a visual artist from Germany, currently based in Vienna, Austria, studying fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Ashley Hans Scheirl and before at the Bauhaus – University in Weimar.
In her work – that circulates between sculpture and performance – humor in combination with the idea of failure is quite an important topic. She often invades spaces in the public realm, where she lets materials, objects and bodies pose, encounter and perform, but also transmitting them forth and back in between different media. Thereby she reveals the conditions of these insecure interactions and celebrates the tilting moments, when things go wrong or take on a life of their own.
A great interest lies in the state of being exposed, as a way to make space for the unexpected, for glitches and cracks in the usual in the entrenched patterns of behavior, to create new visions and narratives of the everyday.
Through her artistic practice Samira furthermore addresses the fact, that she comes from a far more practical background and therefore also often is involved in an exchange with an audience less drawn to art.
Somewhere between assertions and being decapitated, between provocative refusal and discourse-oriented offer, her artistic process realizes.
Samira Josephine Toska Evelyn Engel
*27.01.1995 in Wiesbaden, DE
lebt und arbeitet / lives and works in Vienna // AT
seit Oktober 2019
STUDIUM DER BILDENDEN KUNST / fine art studies
Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien
bei Ashley Hans Scheirl
2016 – 2019
STUDIUM DER FREIEN KUNST / fine art studies Bauhaus-Universität Weimar bei Liz
Bachhuber und Jana Gunstheimer
STIPENDIUM / scholarship
an der Leipzig School of Design
2011/2012 AUSLANDSJAHR / exchange year
in Rockwall, Texas, USA