Ehemalige Mitarbeiter*innen
Caitlin Berrigan

Cait­lin Berrigan


Cait­lin Berri­gan works as an artist across per­for­mance, video, pho­to­gra­phy, sculp­ture, text and par­ti­ci­pa­tory public inter­ven­ti­ons to engage with the inti­mate social dimen­si­ons of power and poli­tics. She has crea­ted com­mis­si­ons for the Whit­ney Museum and the deCo­rdova Museum, and exhi­bi­ted at Store­front for Art & Archi­tec­ture, Ham­mer Museum, Gal­lery 400 Chi­cago, Antho­logy Film Archi­ves, LACMA, Lugar a Dudas Colom­bia, 0047 Gal­lery Oslo, among others. She has been awar­ded fel­low­ships from the Alex­an­der von Hum­boldt Foun­da­tion, Mas­sa­chu­setts Cul­tu­ral Coun­cil, and Skowhe­gan School of Pain­ting & Sculp­ture. Berri­gan holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hamp­shire College.
She comes to Ber­lin on a rese­arch fel­low­ship with the Alex­an­der von Hum­boldt Stif­tung to deve­lop a visual nar­ra­tive about pro­spec­tive archi­tec­tures in the rede­ve­lo­p­ments of Ber­lin and Bei­rut. The two cities are very dif­fe­rent, but both were pre­viously divi­ded by war, are now reu­ni­ted and have been under rede­ve­lo­p­ment during a par­al­lel period of time. While inte­res­ting scho­l­ar­s­hip has focu­sed on the archaeo­logy of ruins and ves­ti­ges of vio­lence, Berrigan’s rese­arch will turn to the spe­cu­la­tive archi­tec­tures and emer­gent land­s­capes taking place right now. Both cities also share a sus­pi­cion for the nation state and the mas­ter plans of moder­nity and colo­nial archi­tec­ture. The rede­ve­lo­p­ments involve a num­ber of trans­na­tio­nal inves­tors, for­eign allies and dis­pla­ced dia­spora that hold diverse inte­rests and may not be uni­fied by any poli­ti­cal pro­ject or iden­tity. So what does rebuil­ding look like when the nation state is not the pri­mary source of vision, and the publics shaping a city are fluid and “unlo­ca­ted”? Ulti­mately, the rese­arch will result in an exhi­bi­tion explo­ring these sub­jects through visual lan­guage and nar­ra­tive. Com­bi­ning pho­to­gra­phy with poli­ti­cal fic­tions and the laye­red sto­ries of indi­vi­dual sites and buil­dings, Berri­gan will give a visual nar­ra­tive to a net­work of fluid dyna­mics that are other­wise abs­tract and dif­fi­cult to visualize.