Antonia Hirsch lives and works in Berlin. She was born in Frankfurt on Main, Germany, and earned her BFA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England. From 1994 to 2010 she lived and worked in Vancouver, Canada.
Defining her practice is her fascination with what she calls affective transactions and her insistence on understanding reality as consensual fiction. Her installations use both sculptural and media formats and are often accompanied by parallel book projects. She has produced large scale temporary and permanent public artworks—such as Double Blind, an installation spanning four storeys of a building—as well as intimate gallery exhibitions.
Antonia Hirsch’s work has been exhibited at, among others, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; Salzburger Kunstverein; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Tramway, Glasgow; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe.
Her works can be found in public collections such as that of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Sackner Archive for Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach.
Her projects and texts have appeared in publications such as C-magazine, Fillip, The Happy Hypocrite, and Triple Canopy. In addition to artist books, she published the anthology Intangible Economies (Fillip, 2012) and the reader Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience (SFU Galleries, 2015). From 2009 to 2015, she was Associate Editor at Fillip.
Antonia Hirsch has lectured at institutions such as Artist’s Space, New York City; the Banff Centre; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Western Front, Vancouver; and Whitechapel Gallery, London. She has taught as a sessional or visiting lecturer at institutions such as Emily Carr University, Vancouver; Konstfack, Stockholm; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Antonia Hirsch is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver.