Constantin Hartenstein (he|him) is an artist based in Berlin. He studied at University of the Arts Berlin and Braunschweig University of Art with professor Candice Breitz.
In 2011, he worked as a film producer for the German Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale. Since 2019, Hartenstein is an Artistic Associate at the UdK Film Institute Berlin.
He received grants and prizes including Berlin Senate research grant, Academy of Art Berlin INITIAL grant, Kunststiftung NRW, Kraft Prize for New Media and Karl Hofer Gesellschaft grant. His works are included in public and private collections; and have been exhibited and screened at international institutions.
Recent exhibitions include Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Studio Berlin (Boros Collection/Berghain), Kunstverein Dresden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Berlinische Galerie, Goethe Institute Beijing, Museum of the Moving Image New York, Times Museum Guangzhou, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, and Goethe Institute New York.
The ongoing drawing series BLISTER examines the potential of PrEP as a means to sexual liberation as well as its impact on queer communities, sexual health and personal agency. With further medical development of the drug and its industry’s methods of packaging and consumption, the drawings reveal continuous progress from radical personal revelation to anonymization by mixing in a crushed PrEP pill to the acrylic paint and drawing the drug’s packaging over time.
acrylic and crushed prep pill on paper, 2023