ANJA KIRSCHNER is an artist filmmaker.
Her films are distributed by LUX and are also held by the British Film Institute Artists’ Moving Image Collection.


MPhil/PhD, Contemporary Art Practice, Royal College of Art, London, Supervisor: Prof. Johnny Golding (2017-present)
LUX Associate Artists Programme, London (2008-2009)
Foreign Study Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000)
BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London (1998-2002)


TECHNE PhD Scholarship (2017-2020)
Winner of the Jarman Award (2011)
Shortlisted for the Jarman Award (2009)
FLAMIN Productions Award (2009)
Henry Moore Foundation Grant (2008)
Elephant Trust Awards (2008 – 2013 – 2015)
LAFVA London Artists Film and Video Award (2007)
Arts Council Grants for the Arts (2003 – 2006 – 2009 – 2012)


Beirut Artists’ Research Residency, Cairo (2013)
Visual Arts Creative Development Residency, Cove (2008)


July-August 2018
Solo exhibition at kunsbunker, Nuremberg

23 February-17 June 2018
You Remind Me of Someone, 49 Nord 6 Est–FRAC Lorraine


Ultimate Substance, B3 - Biennale des bewegten Bildes 2013, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Ultimate Substance, CentrePasquArt, Biel
Ultimate Substance, Extra City, Antwerp
Ultimate Substance, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Lights, Tears and Real Abstractions, Artist Space Books &Talks, New York
Ultimate Substance, Secession, Vienna
Living Truthfully under Imaginary Circumstances, Transmission, Glasgow
Living Truthfully under Imaginary Circumstances, Hollybush Gardens, London
The Projecting Stage, castillo/corrales, Paris
The Empty Plan, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo
The Empty Plan, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
The Empty Plan, Focal Point Gallery, Southend
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Galerie Krobath, Vienna
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Chisenhale Gallery, London
Trail of The Spider, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Trail of the Spider, Nought to Sixty, ICA, London
Trail of The Spider, Art Premier, Hollybush Gardens at Art Basel, Basel
Polly II - Plan for a Revolution in Docklands, Broadcast Gallery, Dublin
Polly II - Plan for a Revolution in Docklands, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Polly II - Plan for a Revolution in Docklands, Whitechapel Project Space, London
Supernumeraries, Whitechapel Project Space, London


ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ: Yeti – Wear the Amulet – Tangle Up the Archive, tranzitdisplay, Prague
Wie werden wir uns wiedererkennen, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen
The Very Impress of the Object, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
Who Pays?, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Paratoxic Paradoxes, Benaki Museum, Athens
ATLAS of the Ruins OF EUROPE, CentroCentro, Madrid 
5 Uneasy Pieces + An Open Investigation, UM Gallery, Prague
Whose Subject Am I? , Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances, Tenderpixel, London
AV Festival 2014, Newcastle
A Machine Needs Instructions As A Garden Needs Discipline, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo
Rekurze 1.618, Oblastní galerie Liberec Lázně
51 Zero Festival, Rochester
STOP!, Art On the Underground with ICA, London
Requiem for a Bank, HMKV, Dortmund
Momentous Times, CCA, Derry-Londonderry
The Magic of the State, Lisson Gallery, London
The Magic of the State, Beirut, Cairo
HELL AS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Liverpool
Lights, Camera, Action!, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
Bachelor Party, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Anfang Gut, Alles Gut, Basso, Berlin and Kunsthaus Bregenz
British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London; CCA, Glasgow; Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
Hydrachy, Museu Marítim, Barcelona
British Art Show 7, Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham
Hydrachy, Gasworks, London
TINA, Konsthall C, Stockholm; Storey Gallery, Lancaster
From One Thing to Another, Rumanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm
Depression, Marres Institute, Maastricht
Everything then passes between us, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennale, Athens
TINA, The Drawing Room, London
Contrapolis; or, Creativity and Enclosures in the Cities, NAi, Rotterdam
Was Wäre Wenn, Jet, Berlin


Glasgow Film Festival, Crossing the Line
Box with the Sound of Its Own Making, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest
57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Fast Forward
60th BFI London Film Festival, Experimenta
66th Berlinale, Forum Expanded
Geopolitics and Bodies, Lenbachhaus in cooperation with DOK.fest, Munich
GEGENkino and Klasse Expanded Cinema (HGB), UT Connewitz, Leipzig
Moving Pictures: Artists' Films from the Film London Jarman Award, Tate Britain
PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, An Taibhdhearc, Galway
Assembly: A Survey of recent Artist’s Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013, Tate Britain
Art on Screen, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Tramway Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Glasgow
Artists’ Moving Image Programme, ICA, London
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Competition, Oberhausen
AGORA, 4th Athens Biennale, Athens
A Theatre Cycle, Nomas Foundation at Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome
Random Acts, Channel 4
Avantgarde ist keine Strömung, D21 Kunstraum & Filmgalerie Alpha60, Leipzig
Signal:Noise II, The Showroom, London
Moving Image, Artissima, Turin
LOOP, Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona
A Film Cycle, Nomas Foundation at Cinema Farnese, Rome
Video Art at Midnight, Babylon Cinema, Berlin
Jarman Award Shortlist Screenings, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Picture This, Bristol
Legal Disagreements, Villa Romana, Florence
East End Film Festival, London
Images of the Lost, the Reforgotten & the Resistance, East End Film Festival, London
Polly II, FACT, Liverpool
Container Project, Palmers Cross, Jamaica
Trail of The Spider, LUX at Chat’s Palace, Hackney, London
Trail of The Spider, Tate Modern, London
Polly II, Tate Modern, London
New Lands, BFI Southbank, London
Polly II, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ: Yeti – Wear the Amulet – Tangle Up the Archive (2017/18). Exhibition and Conference. Curated by Zuzana Blochová and Edith Jeřábková in collaboration with Anja Kirschner. tranzitdisplay, Prague.
We Need Your Carkeys! The Horizons of Horror Symposium (2016). With With Anselm Franke, Bracha L. Ettinger, Melanie Bonajo and Laboria Cuboniks. Invited by Sam Basu, Anke Hennig and Anja Kirschner. Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Worpswede.
5 Uneasy Pieces + An Open Investigation (2016). With Adam Chodzko, Stephan Dillemuth, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Ester Krumbachová and Nova Melancholia with Dora Economou. Curated by Anja Kirschner and organised by Are. UM Gallery, UMPRUM Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague.
Stephan Dillemuth: Selected Films (2008). Curated by Anja Kirschner. LUX, London.


"Technologie ist nicht Neutral, und es gibt keine virtuelle Welt." / "Technology is not neutral, and there is no virtual world.", Academy of Fine Arts Munich (Lecture Series)
ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ: Hidden Forms of Directing, tranzitdisplay, Prague (Conference)
Die Zukunft des Vergangenen. Moderne im Spiegel der Gegenwartskunst / The Future of the Past. Modernity in the Mirror of Contemporary Art, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main (Lecture Series)
Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds (Conference and programme of screenings and performances)
Media Revolutions/Mediale Revolutionen, Academy of Fine Art Hamburg (Symposium)
Post-Apocalyptic Realism: It’s After the End of the World. Don’t You Know That?, Museum Brandhorst, Munich (Talks, screenings and performances)
We Need Your Carkeys! The Horizons of Horror, Künstlerhäuser Worpswede (Symposium)
Are You Alive Or Not? Looking at Art through the Lens of Theatre, Studium Generale, Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Interdisciplinary lecture series, screenings and performances)
Psycho Materialism, Künstlerhäuser Worpswede (Symposium)
I'm Frightened. Bring Popcorn.,Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome (Symposium, screenings and workshop)
Movie lights switching on and erasing the image or illuminating darkness, Beirut, Cairo (Artist's Talk)
Art as a Form of Crisis, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (Symposium)
Power of Material/Politics of Materiality: The (Im)materiality of the Economy, cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, Academy of Fine Arts Munich (Lecture Series)


Anja Kirschner, David Panos: Ultimate Substance. Richard Seaford (u.a.). Secession. 2012.
The Empty Plan. Alice Kögel (Ed.). Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. 2011.
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard. Polly Staple, Francis McKee (Ed.). Chisenhale Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts. 2009.


Entgrenzter Formalismus. Verfahren einer antimodernen Ästhetik. Kerstin Stakemeier. POLYpeN. 2017.
Moving Image, Documents of Contemporary Art. Omar Kholeif (Ed.). Whitechapel Galley, MIT Press. 2015.
Cross-Examinations. Mihnea Mircan (Ed.), Extra City Kunsthal, 2015
Power of Material/Politics of Materiality. Kerstin Stakemeier & Susanne Witzgall (Ed.). Diaphanes. 2014.
Anfang Gut. Alles Gut. Eva Birkenstock, Nina Köller, Kerstin Stakemeier (Ed.). Kunsthaus Bregenz, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. 2013.
Notes on The Magic of the State. Beirut and Silvia Sgualdini (Ed.). Lisson Gallery. 2013.
Nought to Sixty: 60 Projects, 6 Months. Mark Sladen, Richard Birkett, Isla Leaver Yap (Ed.). Institute of Contemporary Art. 2009.
The sensible stage : staging and the moving image. Bridget Crone (Ed.) Picture This. 2012.