Lives in Berlin, Germany
Pola Sieverding is a visual artist working in the field of lens based media.
Pola Sieverding's works are circling around questions of representation and image production within cultural formations that are defined by various concepts of desire and identification processes. The idea of portraiture in terms of an interpretive reading of the inscriptions of culture in the human body as well as its surrounding architecture is a recurring moment in her work. With photography, video and sound she investigates the physical body as bearer of historical narratives that shape a contemporary discourse on the social body.
Pola Sieverding studied at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Surikov Institute Moscow and attained her MFA at the University of the Arts Berlin in 2007. She has been invited as an Artist in Residence to Ramallah, Prague and Lisbon and as a visiting lecturer to the International Academy of Art Palestine. From 2016 to 2020 she was teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. She was awarded the Work Stipend in the Visual Arts by the Senat of Berlin in 2014 and the Stipend for the Promotion of Junior Achievement in Artistic Fields by the State of Berlin in 2008. Since 2011 she is collaborating with Orson Sieverding on sonic interferences that have been performed at Kunstverein Heidelberg, ReMap 3 in Athens and Kunsthalle Duesseldorf. 2012 she collaborated with Natascha Sadr Haghighian for her project for DOCUMENTA 13. In 2020 she curated the exhibition "Bodies That Matter" at the NRW Forum as part of the biennial düsseldorf photo+ in Duesseldorf.
She has exhibited internationally at Aram Art Gallery, Seoul; Art in General, New York; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin; Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai; NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; MAK Museum für Angewandte und Gegenwartskunst, Vienna; NRW Forum, Düsseldorf; Villa Schöningen, Potsdam; KNUST KUNZ Gallery, München; signs and symbols, New York et.al.