Artistic and Managing Director | Neue Galerie & Kunstpavillon tba Trance by Tianzhuo Chen @Kampnagel Hamburg (Germany)
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Petra Poelzl is a freelance curator, dramaturge and researcher, working in the fields of visual, performing and performance art between Austria, Germany and China. Poelzl studied Sinology, Chinese language and theatre studies in Vienna, Beijing and Berlin. She received her master at Free University in Berlin and attended the postgraduate program Art Criticism and Curatorial Knowledge at the department of Art History at Ruhr University Bochum.
Poelzl was a dramaturge in the program department of steirischer herbst Festival for New Art in Graz (2014–16). Since 2016, she has been working closely with the artist Tianzhuo Chen on his stage performances. For her research on performance art practices in Chengdu during the 1990s, Poelzl received a grant from the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong as well as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Further grants are Goethe-Research Grant (Philippines), BMUKK (Organ Space, Chongqing, China), BMUKK (Residency Unlimited, New York).
Her texts have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art: Gender in Contemporary Chinese Art (Volume 6, Number 1), in Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art as well as in several exhibition catalogues and magazines. Poelzl has been guest lecturer at the Free University of Berlin (Theatre Studies), Academy of Applied Arts (Vienna) and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Further, she was involved in numerous projects focusing on contemporary Chinese art, including Zhou Bin: Nothing to Say, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu (2016); Up-On Performance Art Festival (2016 and 2017) in Chengdu as well as in Ishvara (2016), An Atypical Brain Damage (2017) and Trance (2019) by Tianzhuo Chen. Since 2019, Poelzl works closely as a dramaturge to the director Ariel Efraim Ashbel and since 2020, she became the artistic and managing director of Kunstpavillon and Neue Galerie, which are part of the Artists Association Tiroler Künstler*innenschaft in Innsbruck (The Tyrol, Austria).