Monika Oechsler is a German-born London-based artist whose work includes artists’ film, sound and multi-screen video installations, photography and performance. She explores material culture and socio-cultural roles through performative action and site-specific interventions with a focus on gender, cultural identity, memory and place. Recent works in particular highlight the ideological aspects of iconic architecture, historical monuments and post-industrial sites through the exploration of their contemporary situatedness.
Oechsler has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally most notably, at Tate Modern London and Tate Liverpool, MOMA, New York, ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, NGBK, Berlin, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Landesgalerie Linz, Steirischer Herbst, Landesmuseum, Graz, Kunstverein Bregenz, Sharjah International Biennal, UAE, Artissima, Turin, Kunsthalle Budapest, Kunsthalle Bergen, AVE Arnhem, Yokohama Triennale, Japan and Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Her work is held in public and private collections.
She is a researcher at the University of the West of England, Bristol where she lectures on the BA and MA Fine Art programmes; previously she also taught at Goldsmith College University of London and Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL. She studied at Goldsmith College University of London where she completed her Masters under John Thompson and Michael Craig Martin and was awarded a PhD in Media and Arts in 2012 from the University of Brighton and the University of the Creative Arts UCA.