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Margareta Kern is a visual artist whose engaged practice references both the documentary and experimental modes of image making, often drawing on her personal history shaped by migration and conflict. Her work is developed from rigorous research, theoretical enquiry and a range of visual strategies that respond to urgent political questions. To date her works have taken the form of installation, moving image, photography, archive materials and text providing multiple vantage points from which to trace their entanglements. A recent move to Cornwall has prompted new areas of interest and research into the ocean as an archive and an infrastructure of ‘extrastatecraft’; the everyday militarism (and militarised image-technologies); feeding into an ongoing concern and investigation into the role of images in looking, evidencing and witnessing thresholds of (in)visible power and violence.
Kern holds BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and MA in Visual Anthropology, UCL. Her work has been presented across international gallery and educational contexts, including Tate Modern, The Photographers Gallery (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Spacex (Exeter), SC Gallery (Zagreb), Impressions Gallery (Bradford), INIVA (London), Shedhalle (Zurich), Photomonth Krakow, Muscarnok (Budapest) and many others. Kern is a recipient of several project grants and awards, including from the National Media Museum, BFI, Arts Council England and most recently an international 54th October Salon Award, from the Cultural Centre Belgrade.
Margareta Kern teaches photography at Falmouth University's Institute of Photography.
Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kern has been based in the UK since 1992. She currently lives in Cornwall and London.