Born 1989 in Vaduz (LI)
Based around LI, Eastern CH & Northern DE

Martina Morger lives and works in Balzers and Hanover. With a focus on performance and installation art, their work speak about display, care and desire. As a co-curator of Perrrformat they bring performance art into public space. Martina was a studio fellow at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and holds the Manor Art Award.

Education

2018-2019
Glasgow School of Arts, Master Fine Arts Practice, Mentor: Michelle Hannah, UK
2017-2018
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Transmedia Arts, Mentor: Brigitte Kowanz, AT
2015-2018
Zurich University of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Mentor: Alexander Tuchacek, CH
2007-2010
University of Zurich, Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communication Science, CH

Exhibitions

2023
12 rooms, Vordemberge-Gildewart Grant 2023, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, CH
The Dream, Agora Digital Art, online & London, UK

2022
Distant Lover, Beletage, Zurich, CH (solo)
Parallel, Galerie am Lindenplatz, Vienna, AT
BANG BANG – translokale Performance Geschichten, Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH R.A.W. or The Sirens of Titan, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, CH

2021
Stories of Empathy, Kunsthäuser Worpswede, DE
Sehnerv Media Art Video Prize, PROGR, Berne & Houdini, Zurich, CH
Lèche Vitrines, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH (solo)
In-Between And Around The C.,Rote Fabrik, Zurich, CH 
Stretch, Lovaas Projects, Munich, DE
Your Dreams, Warenlift, Zurich, CH (solo)

2020
Window Shopping, DWDS, Bregenz, AT (solo)
How To Survive, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, DE
Another Long Evening, Marktgasse 26, St Gallen, CH
Bloody Morrow, Lavender Sunrise, Nextex, St Gallen, CH (solo)
I Might Be Staring At Infinity, Virtual ARTIM, Baku, AZ
In Relation with:, Espace Libre, Biel, CH (solo)

2019
SourSOP, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
To Smooth the Furrowed Brow, B32, Maastricht, NL
Hairy Death Spiral, Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow, UK
58th Venice Biennale, Liechtenstein symposium, Museo Correr, Venice, IT
Suomi Art Fair, Galleria Lapinlahti, Cable Factory, Helsinki, FI
ALIGHT, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

2018
Heimspiel, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, CH
Triennale Visarte, Kunstmuseum, Vaduz, LI
Performance Fotografie, LISTE Art Fair Basel, CH
Harts Brot, Museümli, Buchs, CH (solo)
Aller Retour, Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki, FI

Curation

2023
Are We Dead Yet?, curation of collection, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI

2022
Perrrformat präsentiert: Giulia Essyad, public performance event, Zurich, CH
Hosting Stillness, Perfo von Gemma Jones, Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow, UK 

2021
Soft Machines, performance evening, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH
Perrrformat präsentiert: Anina Müller, public performance event, Zurich, CH

2020
Bubbles by Tess Wood (Stereoskop Digital), performance, online & Wales, UK

2019
Britney’s Breakdown, performance evening, Civic House, Glasgow, UK
Hopelessly Devoted, group show, Garment Factory, Glasgow, UK

2018
Tabula Rasa (Stereoskop VII), performance festival, Tart Gallery, Zurich, CH
Utopia (Stereoskop VI), Spieglerey, Zurich, CH & NoNation Gallery, Chicago, US
Beuteschema (Stereoskop IV), performance evening, Pferd, Vienna, AT

Collections, grants, awards, editions

2023
Work Grant, Arts Council City of Düsseldorf, DE
Work Grant, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, CH

2022
Collection, Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein, LI
Collection, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH
Collection, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI
Deep Clean, Edition Visarte Liechtenstein, LI

2021
Tongues, Edition Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH
Work Grant, Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein, Vaduz, LI
MANOR Art Award, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH
Media Art Award Sehnerv, short list, Berne & Zurich, CH
Collection, Kunsthäuser Worpswede, DE
Collection Women’s Archive, St Gallen, CH

Residencies, workshop, talks

2023
Stipendienstätte der Zukunft, Künstler*innenhäuser Worpswede, DE
The Value of Art, Panel, Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz, LI

2022
Miracles, Poton Theatre, Batovce, SK
Future of the Museum, Keynote Speaker, Symposium, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH

2021
Künstler*innenhäuser Worpswede, Short Residency, Worpswede, DE
Paywall, How to survive as a worker in Arts & Culture, Palace, St Gallen, CH
Virtual Twin, Remote Digital Residency, Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2020
Softly Polished Machinery, Workshop, HEK, Basel, CH
Cité Internationale des Arts, Visarte Residency, Paris, FR

Statement & short bio

Martina Morger's artistic practice interweaves cybernetics and corporeality in situational
installations and site-specific performances. Their central questions deal with individual freedom in increasingly technological lifeworlds as well as ideas of power, desire and care within a neoliberal society determined by work and performance. Martina repeatedly places a specific focus on the role of FLINTAQ* and constructions of gender. Their works can be understood on the one hand as positioning within the existing system and on the other hand as assertions against that very system: Martina actively occupies spaces and negotiates the effects of social constraints on our bodies through strategies of display and visualisation. In this way, they create queer drafts of a society whose central characteristics are hybridity and fluidity and thus assert themselves against the standardisation efforts of our present.


Martina Morger studied Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich and Media Art at the Zurich University of the Arts and Die Angewandte in Vienna before completing a Masters in Fine Arts Practice at the Glasgow School of Arts. As a co-curator of Perrrformat, they bring performance art into public spaces, and are part of several collectives and unions. In 2020, Martina was a studio fellow at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. They are a Manor Art Prize winner in 2021 and recent exhibitions have included their work at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen / Appenzell / Liechtenstein, CCA Glasgow, National Galleries of Scotland, Yarat CAS Baku, Cafa Art Beijing, Galerie Lovaas Projects, Suomi Art Fair and ArtFair Liste Basel. In 2019, Martina represented Liechtenstein at the 58th Venice Biennale.