Steffi Klenz


FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Videoart
Electronic Language International Festival

Steffi Klenz’ video work Beun is based on an Associated Press photograph of a World War II concentration camp in Germany. The artist translated this image into a life-size model in the studio, following the same dimensions of the original archive image. The architectural set was placed on a 180 degree revolving stage platform. Different digital software programs which transform or erase information of the video file were used to alter the visual code of the video file. By digitally corrupting the video file, the image becomes fractured and disfigured into digital codec mismatch, proposing a form of fractured montage that reveals the phantoms that haunt our consciences.

Steffi Klenz is an artist based in London who works predominantly with photography and video. She has exhibited her work across the UK and internationally at the British Museum (London); The Wellcome Collection (London); Camden Art Centre (London); The Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh) and The Royal Academy (London); the FotoMuseum (Antwerp); Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts; the Phoenix Art Museum; The Fine Art Museum (Luleå); The Finish Museum of Photography; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen; and Museum Künstlerkolonie (Darmstadt), to name a few.