Bettina Hoffmann, is a visual artist originally from Berlin, Germany now living in Montreal, Canada. She works at the intersection of photography, sculpture, film, dance and theatre, challenging the boundaries of the lens-based medium to create new spaces, both in a spatial and psychological sense. In recent work she reconstructs and subtly dramatizes everyday situations or uses ‘displaced movements’ to facilitate the examination of the underlying mechanisms of social relations, conflicts and communication. Recently she works with contemporary dancers to develop video installations and live performances. She also produced video work for theater, e.g. “Not a Leg to Stand On” and “Yoleros”, both directed by Martin Balmaceda.
Her work is exhibited in group and solo shows in Europe, the USA and Canada, for example the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Montréal, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bucharest. Her videos are presented at festivals and video art fairs worldwide. In 2004, she received a Special Award for the video La Ronde at the Festival Internacional de Video i Arts Digitals in Girona, Spain. She has received numerous grants and awards and her work is in several private and public collections in both North America and Europe. e.g. the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec, and Berlinische Galerie in Berlin.
She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and attended the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. In 2012 she was granted a residency in New York City to develop work at the intersection of physical theatre and video. http://www.bettinahoffmann.net