Katja Strunz (b. 1970 in Ottweiler, Germany) is a German artist living and working in Berlin. Strunz’s work, which is heavily influenced by Russian Constructivism, revolves around the intertwining of time, space, and movement. According to the artist, memory and trauma play a central role in her oeuvre, as does the idea of pausing to perceive oneself; both physically and psychologically. Strunz is perhaps best known for her folding and collage techniques and her thoughtful use of recycled materials. The folding of the material stands metaphorically for a compressed, desynchronized space-time, the collapse of here and there, of now and then.
Strunz holds degrees from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany and the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany, where she received a Master’s degree in 1997. Her work has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group presentations. Most notably at the Kunsthalle Basel, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. In 2013 Strunz was the recipient of the Vattenfall Contemporary Prize in Berlin.