Pola Sieverding is a visual artist working in the field of lens based media. She lives and works in Berlin and studied at the University of the Arts Berlin, CMU Pittsburgh and Surikov Institute Moscow. She was a visiting lecturer to the Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah and is now teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.
She received a number of grants including a DAAD travel grant in 2008 and the Arbeitsstipendium (work stipend) by the Senat of Berlin in 2014.
With photography, video and sound she investigates the physical body as bearer of historical narratives that shape a contemporary discourse on the social body. By defining the body linguistically; as an alternative to words, she exploits the classical ideal of the body as locus of pleasure and power. She is attracted to extremes and socialized emotions, something felt when the body switches between looking and being looked at, touching and being touched. Her images explore the body as an expressive element, the way we alter our behavior when we feel ourselves to be acting, performing of just being.
She has exhibited internationally at Aram Art Gallery, Seoul; Art in General, New York; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin; Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin; Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai; NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Vienna et al.