Monika Oechsler (monikaoechsler.com) explores material culture and socio-cultural interaction by investigating the dynamic relationships constituted through gender, identity, memory and place. With recent works her focus is on the ideological aspects of iconic architecture, the contemporary situatedness of historical sites and the current debate on the Anthropocene. Her interest in cultural and social experience and exchange illuminates her concern for how language, cultural forms and knowledge shape our being in the world.
Oechsler has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally most notably, Tate Modern London and Tate Liverpool, ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, NGBK, Berlin, Germany, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Landesgalerie Linz, Steirischer Herbst, Landesmuseum, Graz, Austria, Sharjah International Biennal, UAE, MOMA, NY, Artissima, Turin, Italy, Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary, Kunsthalle Bergen and Sandnes Kulturhus, Norway, AVE Arnhem, The Netherlands, Yokohama Triennale, Japan, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Her work is in private and public collections.
She is senior lecturer on the BA and MA Fine Art programmes at the University of the West of England, Bristol and teaches at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She studied at Goldsmith College University of London were she received an MFA in 1996 and was awarded a PhD in 2012 from the University of Brighton.