The point of departure of my work as an artist is engaging with architecture. This results in objects that reflect—in connection with architecture—on human relationships to objects and materials as well as on relationships between human beings. On the one hand, architectonic structures, such as a building or an urban landscape, reflect the present time and, on the other hand, they store past situations, states, and events.

In connection with that, working with space is essential to my work. Using a variety of artistic media (drawing, sculpture, sound, slideshow, film, performance, photography), I make it possible to experience space situationally. Often I insert found architectural elements into the context of the exhibition architecture, which results in new spatial situations and triggers the experience of questioning existing judgments, values, and habits of seeing, hearing, and moving. At the same time, I point to the place itself and liberate the history inscribed within it. What interests me is producing an area of tension that reveals currents.

In my art I have often placed things in parallel with the awareness that they do not form parallels per se: natural forms and forms in art, elements in architecture and elements in sculpture, sculptural structures and musical structures, references to Rudolph Schindler and references to Sol LeWitt, and, as in my exhibition project Zabriskie Point (2013), a sculptural ensemble and a photograph from Antonioni’s eponymous film. Drawing parallels between components that belong to different categories reveals the boundaries that normally exist in our thinking, so that such drawing parallels can be seen as a way of breaking down and transgressing boundaries, making it possible to get thought flowing and to open up new perspectives, currents, and vanishing lines.


Sandra Peters
Born in Bonn in 1969, lives in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Berlin (Germany)

since 2014 Assistant Arts Professor of Arts Practice,
New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi UAE
2011, 2012 Visiting Professor, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2008 Work Scholarship in Visual Arts from the Berlin Senate
2005 – 2007 Head of Model Building, Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten, Berlin
2004 – 2005 Employee, Barkow Leibinger Architekten, Berlin
1999 – 2000 Visiting Professor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1997 – 2001 Scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn
1996 – 2004 Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden
1996 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1992 – 1995 Apprenticeship as goldsmith, Bonn
1989 – 1992 École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris


SS Solo Show
GS Group Show
F Film screening
I Interview
L Lecture
C Competition


L “Works and Considerations”. Lecture at New York University, Abu Dhabi, November 5, 2014.
L “Interfaces and Interstices”. Lecture at New York University, New York, February 4, 2014.

C Interface No. 1. Mathematical Oxford Sculpture Competition. Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford. Deadline: May 10, 2013.
GS Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today II. Body, Space, Volume. Curated by Renate Wiehager. Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, April 19–September 22, 2013.
GS Auch heute. Curated by Lukas Töpfer. Kunstsaele Berlin, February 22–April 13, 2013.

SS Bilateral, Diagonal, Cubical. Aanant & Zoo, Berlin, December 15, 2012–January 26,2013.
I Interview by Frantisek Zachoval at the opening, Aanant & Zoo, Berlin, December 14, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i5s9OTURXw (accessed March 2, 2013).
GS Shelf Life. Curated by Nicole Cohen. Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, April 25–May 16, 2012.
GS (Re-)Locating the Self. Curated by Marc Glöde. Kunstsaele Berlin, January 24–February 1, 2012.

L “Finissage Interplay,” Salon Populaire. Kunstsaele Berlin, December 10, 2011.
GS Erschaute Bauten: Architektur im Spiegel zeitgenössischer Kunstfotografie. Curated by Simon Rees. Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst (MAK), Vienna, December 7, 2011–April 22, 2012.
SS Interplay. Kunstsaele Berlin, November 12–December 10, 2011.
GS Navigating Darkness. Tape Modern No. 24. Curated by Mira O’Brien and Helen Homan Wu. Tape Modern, Berlin, November 4, 2011.
SS Bilateral—Diagonal. Curated by Marc Glöde, in the series (Re-)Locating the Self. Y8, Hamburg, November 3–28, 2011.
F Défilé des ombres. Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi, October 21–31, 2011.
F Défilé des ombres and Mixing Colors. ikonoTV in der MENASA Region, 2011.
L “Selected Works, 2009–2011.” Lecture at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, February 3, 2011.

F Défilé des ombres. European Film Festival, London (traveling).
GS Measuring Potentials. Curated by Marc Glöde, Potsdamer Straße 88, Berlin, April 30–May 2, 2010.
L “Time after Time: The Return of the Time-Image in Contemporary Art and Cinema.” Talk with James Benning, Sharon Lockhart, and Karl Kels. Moderation: Marc Glöde. Arsenal 2, Berlin, February 16, 2010.
F Défilé des ombres. Internationales Forum des Jungen Films, 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, February 11–21, 2010.

GS Zeigen: Eine Audiotour durch Berlin von Karin Sander. Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, December 5, 2009–January 10, 2010.
GS Kunst_Buch_Raum. Curated by Stefan Pietryga and Christina Plassmann, former Alexander von Humboldt-Buchhandlung, Potsdam, September 13–October 10, 2009.
L “Selected Works, 2007–2009.” By invitation from John Knight. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, September 3, 2009.
SS Steingewebe. Villa Aichele, Lörrach, June 29–July 19, 2009.
C Emergenz. Neon wall work in the new building for the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, Lörrach, from April 2009 onward.
C Selbviert. Art competition in the new building for the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) in Berlin: Terrassen zum Pankepark; competition organizer: Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung. Deadline: June 2, 2009.
SS Modifikation—stetig steigende Steine. Curated by Peter Friese. Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, May 10–August 30, 2009.
GS Selected Artists: Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten des Arbeitsstipendiums für Bildende Kunst des Berliner Senats 2008. Curated by Frank Wagner. Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, February 7–March 1, 2009.

L “Models, Drawings, Material.” Invitation from Karin Sander. Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, October 31, 2007.
GS Offene Ateliers. By invitation from Alexandra Kürtz. Atelierhaus des Bonner Kunstvereins, Bonn, October 27–28, 2007.
SS Zeichnung heute V (with Katja Eckert and Karim Noureldin). Curated by Stefan Gronert, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, September 13–November 11, 2007.

Publications and Multiples

Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today II: Body, Space, Volume. Ed. Renate Wiehager. Exh. cat., Daimler Contemporary. Berlin 2013, pp. 58–61.
Fiona McGovern. “Transferleistung: Sandra Peters in den Kunstsaelen Berlin.” Texte zur Kunst, no. 85 (March 2012) pp. 198–201.
Bilateral—Diagonal. Multiple (silkscreen print). Edition of 8. 2011.
Sandra Peters. Brochure, Aanant & Zoo. Berlin 2011.
MAK/zine: Applied Arts / Architecture / Design, no. 1 (2011), pp. 94–95, 126.
Steingewebe / Brick Fabric. Artist’s book. Design: Julia Fuchs. Berlin 2010.
Sound Column: Circling Sound. Multiple (record). Edition of 200. 2011.
“Défilé des ombres—Passage d’image” (series of images). Texte zur Kunst, no. 78 (June 2010): 153–57.
“Défilé des ombres.” 40. Internationales Forum des Jungen Films / Fortieth International
Forum of New Cinema, 11.–21.2.2010; 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin.
Exh. cat. Internationales Forum des Jungen Films. Berlin 2010, pp. 236.
Défilé des ombres. Multiple (silk screen). Edition of 100. 2009.
Sandra Peters. Exh. cat. Kunstverein Ruhr. Essen 2009.
Modifikation—stetig steigende Steine, Multiple (molded brick, poster). Edition of 100. 2009.
Selected Artists: Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten des Arbeitsstipendiums für Bildende Kunst des Berliner Senats, 2008. Exh. cat. Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst. Berlin 2009, unpaginated.
Défilé des ombres—Passage d’image. Artist’s book. Design: Julia Fuchs. Berlin 2008.
Modifikation—stetig steigende Steine. Artist’s book. Design: Julia Fuchs. Berlin 2008.
Zeichnung heute V. Sandra Peters. Exh. cat. Kunstmuseum Bonn. Bonn 2007