Bettina Pousttchi


Photo: Jim Rakete

The social dynamics of the urban space and systems of time and space in a transnational perspective is at the heart of the multi-facetted work of German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi.
Her large-scale site-specific interventions in public space covering entire facades of buildings with photographic images are re-contextualising the historical and architectural meaning of a place. In her sculptural work Pousttchi bends and distorts street furniture like crowd barriers and street bollards into sculptures which deal with the history of sculpture as much as they analyse the privatisation of the public realm.

World Time Clock is the artist's most comprehensive photographic series to date for which she travelled eight years in several stages in the world's various time zones. In each of the places she photographed public clocks always at the same time; 1:55 pm. Thus arose a work spanning the entire globe which examines the political and social organisation of time and space. The director of the Hirshhorn Museum, Melissa Chiu calls the series 'A poetic contemplation on global synchronicity and the structuring of time.' This experience of nonlinear temporal structure is to be found in many of the artist's works.

Bettina Pousttchi has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, most recently she held solo shows at the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunsthalle Mainz, The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and The Phillips Collection Washington D.C.

Bettina Pousttchi is represented in the permanent collections of a large number of museums and public galleries, including The Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, Kadist Collection Paris, Von-der-Heydt Museum Wuppertal, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Sammlung Essl Klosterneuburg/AT, Wemhöner Collection Herford/DE, Hall Collection New York amongst others. Bettina Pousttchi participated twice in the Venice Biennale (2003, 2009). In 2014 the artist received the Wolfsburg Art Prize.