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Sabine Bürger studied Visuals Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster with Professor Ulrich Erben, and at Düsseldorf Art Academy, becoming a ‘Meisterschüler’ with Professor Günther Uecker. In the late 1980s she was awarded a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study at the Royal College of Art in London. She continued living in London for six years, exploring performance art and self-portraits in photography. From the late 1990s on she exhibited her black and white photography widely, including at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Her work also featured as cover stories in the German photographic magazines Photonews and Schwarzweiss. Since 2007 she has been concentrating mainly on video, exploring the interface between video and sound. She has worked with different musicians on various projects resulting in collaborations with Heiner Göbbels (D), William Basinski (US), Machinefabriek (NL), Steve Roden (US), and Svarte Greiner (N), amongst others.

Recent exhibitions and screenings include the Dutch, Flemish and Frisian Film Festival in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, and Duisburg-Essen University. Second Nature, a group exhibition that Bürger co-curated and participated in, exploring cultural perceptions of nature and employing a wide range of media, was shown at Galerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell/Germany in spring 2014. In July 2014 her film and photographic project Great Expectations was presented – following its premiere at the Luxe Cinema in Wisbech/UK in autumn 2013 – at the Rencontres d’Arles International Photo Festival in France, organised in cooperation with the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. The exhibition took place under the auspices of the Arles-Wisbech Twinning Club, and included a lecture by Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer, Chair of Postcolonial Studies at Duisburg-Essen University. Black Garden, an audio-visual collaboration with Irish sonic artist Steve McCourt based in Shanghai had its debut in September 2015 at ISSTC2015 as part of an exhibition at Ormston House Gallery in Limerick/Ireland. Her most recent project, a video-text portrait of the German gallerist Helga Müller, which also addressed a substantial period of German post-war art history, was presented in summer 2016 at Städtische Galerie Ostfildern, Stuttgart/Germany.

In addition, she has been working as a translator for museums since 2005. The two-person team has worked for Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Salzburg and Skulptur Projekte Münster amongst many other institutions and galleries. The duo’s translations have included essays by David Joselit, Eugen Blume, Okwui Enwezor, Christina Végh, Beatrice von Bismarck, André Rottmann, Rosalind Krauss, Yilmaz Dziewior, and Eckhard Schneider, on such artists as Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, John Baldessari, Lothar Baumgarten, Richard Serra, Olafur Eliasson, Tony Oursler, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Ai Weiwei, Ed Ruscha, Yvonne Rainer, Hans Haacke, Valie Export, Rosemarie Trockel, and Joan Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of contemporary artists, including Florian Pumhösl, Kelly Walker, Hague Yang, Wade Guyton, Michael Riedel, Susan Philipsz, and Theaster Gates.

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