Participant Profile

Fabian Knecht


Fabian Knecht, born in Magdeburg, completed his master’s degree with Olafur Eliasson, at whose Institut für Raumexperimente he studied from 2009 to 2014. In 2012, he assisted in the studio of Matthew Barney in New York. His works often appear unexpectedly in public spaces, breaking out of the exhibition context and into everyday life.

Fabian changes patterns of perception and action, transgresses art concepts and power structures, and questions social relations and norms by countering them with strong and provocative images. His works have been shown in international institutions and exhibitions includingthe MSU Museum for Contemporary Art (Zagreb), the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), the Imperial War Museum (London), and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. 

At the time of his Back Apartment Residency, Fabian was working on an exhibition at Alexander Levy Gallery as part of the Gallery Weekend in Berlin. He developed a project, which imbued the themes of Breaks, Fracture, Crack, Breakover and Change with political, social and anthroposophical aspects. In St. Petersburg, he planned to produce one of the projects for that exhibition.