Villa Serpentara Fellowship 2022

Lukas Zerbst

*1988 in Bydgoszcz (POL)
lives in Hannover and Bremen (DE)

Vita & Residency

Lukas Zerbst creates interventions and site-specific installations at institutions and in public spaces. He changes existing physical structures, manipulates electrical components or artistically intervenes in digital content, for example, through live camera performances.

Zerbst sees architecture as an artificial framework, primarily designed for a specific purpose in which daily life takes place. One feature of architecture manifests itself in the self-assurance with which people move through spaces. Another is that it generally predefines the movements within this framework. Zerbst exposes such ambivalent expectations in an artistic form. He takes technologies reflected in architecture and everyday objects ‒ that seem fully imtegrated in our lives ‒ and turns them against themselves.

Zerbst was a Master student of Jenny Kropp and Jean-François Guiton. In 2020 he spent a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, thanks to the BBK-Bremen. His achievements also include a fellowship at the Junge Akademie in Berlin, the Preis des Kunstvereins Hannover (Hanover Art Association Prize), the GWK-Förderpreis 2018 (Advancement Prize of the Association for the Promotion of Westphalian Cultural Work) and the Bremer Förderpreis (Bremen Advancement Prize). Zerbst was nominated for ArtePrize 2017/2018 of the Delfina Foundation in London. His projects have been funded by the Goethe-Institut, DAAD, the Institut français, Kauno menininkų namai, et al.