Jeanno Gaussi, born in Kabul, is a Berlin based mixed media artist. She was one of the participating artists at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and Kabul. Gaussi started her art career as a video and film artist and her short films were internationally shown in several festivals.

Three Notes video art (2007) won the first prize at the 54th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany. It was also listed as one of the Best 100 German Short films and was nominated for the national Best German Short film Award. Gaussi was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus 2007.

The same year, she extended her art practice to also include photographic artworks and installations. Many of her installation projects were created during in residencies in Pakistan (International Diasporic Artists Residency Karachi), Jordan (International Artist Workshop Shatana), Turkey, Palestine (Al-Mamal Art Residency, Jerusalem) among others.

Gaussi received art grants from the Triangle Arts Fund, the Defa Film Fund and the Goethe-Institut. In 2010 the artist participated in the Jerusalem Show IV curated by Jack Persekian, and was invited by ArteEast to present her work at the Sharjah March meetings.

Gaussi is a member of the Afghan Contemporary Art Research team initiated by the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, which is documenting the contemporary art scene in Afghanistan. 2012 she was invited as one of the speakers’ at TEDx Marrakesh. Amongst other shows in 2013 she exhibited at the Southern Panoramas of the 18th International Contemporary Art Festival in São Paulo and at the No-Mad-Ness in No-Man’s Land show in Taiwan. February 2014 she had her second solo show at Galerie koal in Berlin. October 2014 she held a presentation during the Field Meeting at the Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW).

Gaussi’s work explores cultural identities, aspects of memorization and remembrance, and of identity. The artist often develops projects in close relation to the place in which they are created, examines the characteristics and unique aspects of her surroundings. Gaussi’s multi-cultural background - the artist grew up in Kabul, Delhi and Berlin – has a greatly influenced her artistic practice, yet her interest goes beyond national borders and categorizations.

UPCOMING SHOWS
May 2015 Twelfth Havana Biennial
April 2015 Group show at Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin curated by Dr. Marc Wellmann

SOLO SHOWS
2014 DEDICTED, Galerie koal, Berlin, Germany
2012 HORIZON 3- Kabul Fragments, Cultuurcentrum Bruges, Belgium

GROUP SHOWS
2014 SUMMER color SHOW, Galerie koal, Berlin, Germany
2014 The Kinematic Modern, Art Dubai, Emirates
2103 No-Mad-Ness in No-Man’s Land, Eslite Gallery Taiwan
2013 Southern Panoramas of the 18th International Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil
2013 Coup de Ville, Sint Niklaas, Belgiun
2013 Open Sesam, apexart, New York, USA
2012 dOCUMENTA (13) Kabul, Afghanistan
2012 dOCUMENTA (13) Kassel, Germany
2012 Take Me to the River, Tapestry Museum, Aix en Provence, France
2011 Home?, CIIS, San Francisco, US
2011 The Island, The Menasa Studio Dispatches, Dubai
2011 Human Frames, Substation contemporary arts centre, Singapore
2011 Dislocated, Worth Ryder Gallery UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice, USA
2010 Time After Time: Actions and Interactions, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, USA
2010 Afghanistan, Bazonnale 02, Weimar, Germany
2010 Exhaustion, The Jerusalem Show IV, Jerusalem, Palestine
2010 Petersburg - Available Work, HBC Berlin, Germany
2009 Shatana International Artist Show, Jordan
2009 Kunstecho Hamburg, Germany
2009 Take me to the River, Depo Anadolu Kultur Istanbul, Turkey
2008 Diasporic, Indus Valley Gallery Karachi, Pakistan
2008 Goethe Institut Riga, Lettland
2007 Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Israel
2007 Limited Access, Tarahane Azad Art Gallery Teheran, Iran
2007 Moving People Migration/Refugee/Exile/Diaspora, World Social Forum Nairobi

FILM FESTIVALS
2013 Nuit Blanche Paris
2012 Hangzhou Asian Film Festival
2012 City University of Hong Kong
2011 Festival des Cinémas différents et expérimentaux de Paris
2011 Afghan Film Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009 Kunstecho Hamburg, Germany
2008 Indus Valley Gallery Karachi, Pakistan
2008 L’ Alternativa Barcelona, Spain
2008 Clermont-Ferrand Film Market, France
2008 Shortfilmfestival Dresden, Germany
2008 Cubacine, Cuba
2008 Goethe Institut Riga, Lettland
2007 Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Israel
2007 7th KaraFilm Festival, Pakistan
2007 50st International Filmfestival DOK-Leipzig, Germany
2007 5ème Festival Signes de Nuit Paris, France
2007 53rd International Shortfilmfestival Oberhausen, Germany
2007 “Moving People” Migration/Refugee/Exile/Diaspora, World Social Forum Nairobi
2007 “Limited Access”, Tarahane Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2005 Mood Indigo Filmfestival Bombay, India
2004 Mocha Film Club Bombay, India
2004 Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival Stuttgart, Germany
2004 No Masala Film Festival, Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Germany
2003 Bombay International Film Festival, India
2003 Berlin Asia Pacific Film Festival, Germany

GRANTS / AWARDS
2012 Art grant, Goethe Institut Kabul
2010 Art grant, Goethe Institut Ramallah
2009 Film research grant, Defa German Film Foundation
2009 Art residency grant, Goethe Institute Amman
2008 Three Notes, nomination for the best German Shortfilm
2008 Three Notes listed as one of the best 100 German Shortfilms
2007 Three Notes, First Prize, 53rd International Shortfilm Festival Oberhausen

RESIDENCIES
2011 California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, US
2010 Al-Mamal Art Residency Jerusalem, Palestine
2010 HBC Berlin Artist Residency, Germany
2009 International Artist Workshop Shatana, Jordan
2008 International Diasporic Artists Residency Karachi, Pakistan

TALKS/PRESENTATIONS
2014 Field Meeting at the Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)
2013 Cinema Park, Guggenheim UBS MAP South/South East Asia, New York
2012 Fragments of Home, Ibraaz Online Interviews
2012 Home Sweet Home, ArteEast Quarterly Winter
2012 TEDx Marrakesh, Marroco
2012 Eine Kartografie nomadischer Subjektivität, Berlin Arts Club

PUPLICATION
2013 Fictional Memories
2010 Via Khan al Zeit
2009 The Beloved