As an artist rooted in the whimsical cultural landscape of Kassel, I weave together the threads of video, performance, and installation to create experiences that challenge and redefine the very essence of gendered stereotypes. My work is a testament to the transformative power of crossing boundaries, embracing versatility, and reclaiming softness as a source of strength.

I delve into the realm of video, employing its immersive qualities to transport viewers into a world where constructs dissolve and new possibilities emerge. Through carefully crafted narratives and evocative imagery, I explore the complexities of identity, inviting audiences to question their own preconceived notions.

Performance art serves as a medium for me to topple the towers of conformity. My body becomes a mere vessel, a tool for the performance's message. In these performative acts, I transcend the limitations imposed by societal expectations, asserting the adaptability of gender and the boundless potential of self-expression.

Installation art provides a spatial dimension to my artistic exploration, transforming physical environments into interactive realms where viewers engage with the subversion of traditional expectations. Through carefully curated objects, soundscapes, and lighting, I create immersive experiences that invite contemplation and challenge perceptions.

At the heart of my artistic practice lies the concept of radical softness. I reclaim this often-overlooked quality, conventionally associated with femininity, and imbue it with strength, resilience, and transformative power. Radical softness is not about passivity or weakness; it is about embracing vulnerability, empathy, and the power of connection.

Through my art, I strive to create a world where gender is not a rigid construct but a fluid spectrum of possibilities. I invite audiences to navigate the gradient of self-definition with openness and explore the liberating potential of forging new paths. In the mycelial tapestry of my art, I braid a tale of queer liberation, entwining the roots of self-discovery with the fungal threads of societal transformation. Like lichens, my art thrives in the liminal spaces between, fostering a vibrant ecosystem of interconnected identities, where each individual can flourish in their authentic form.

Michael Gärtner
Johannestraße 7
34121 Kassel
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Galerie für Gegenwartskunst | E-Werk, Freiburg
26th Nov 2022 – 15th Jan 2023
Garden Screening
documenta fifteen, Kassel
24th Sep 2022
DOCK 4, DECK 1, Kassel
12th Aug 2022 – 14th Aug 2022
Kulturzentrum 7Stern, Vienna
18th Jun 2022
Arnold Bode Unframed
Neue Galerie, Kassel
3rd Jun 2022 – 9th Oct 2022
Vorschlagsliste 1
Staatstheater, Kassel
31st May 2022
38. Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel
17th Nov 2021 – 21st Nov 2021
Imaging Beuys
Neue Galerie, Kassel
15th Oct 2021 – 7th Jan 2022
Autohaus Autohaus zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur, Kassel
24th Sep 2021 – 26th Sep 2021
Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt am Main & Heidelberg
19th Sep 2021 – 25 Sep 2021
Unfolding an Exhibition
documenta archiv, Kassel
1st Feb 2020
Kasseler Atelierrundgang
Study Room, Kassel
28th Sep 2019 – 29th Sep 2019
Kulturfabrik Moabit e.V., Berlin
21st Sep 2019
documenta-Halle, Kassel
13th Dec 2018 – 16th Dec 2018
The Kassel Art of Stone Appreciation
Stellwerk, Kassel
22nd Mar 2018 – 24th Mar 2018
documenta-Halle, Kassel
14th Dec 2017 – 17th Dec 2017
documenta Resonanz
34. Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel
14th Nov 2017 – 19th Nov 2017
Festival of Future Nows
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
14th Sep 2017 – ∞
Appropriation Games
Bali Kino, Kassel
9th Feb 2017
Art Gazing
Stellwerk, Kassel
20th Jan 2017 – 21st Jan 2017
33. Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel
15th Nov 2016 – 20th Nov 2016
Liebe und arbeite!
21st Oct 2016
Virtual Inheritance
Papiercafé, Kassel
15th Jul 2016
Vom Wert der Kunst als Wert der Arbeit
30th Apr 2016 – 19th Jun 2016
Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
26th Feb 2016 – 8th May 2016
Queering TASTE: Total Affirmation
Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
18th Sep 2015 – 20th Sep 2015
Zeichen guter Gastlichkeit
Posthuman Gallery for Interactive Research, Kassel
3rd Jul 2015

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