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Sally Schonfeldt (*1983 in Adelaide, Australia, lives and works in Zurich) investigates in her works how knowledge is produced and established. She questions who wields power over determining history and memory. By using historiography to question methods of knowledge production in relation to anti-colonial discourses and the position of women in history she repeatedly challenges Eurocentric historiographies. Her works seek to generate alternative possibilities of interacting with history and contribute to the construction of new narratives in juxtaposition to those enshrined within the Eurocentric canon. Schonfeldt shares the results of extensive archival research in experimental video essays, films, lecture performances or exhibition displays.
Schonfeldt has shown her work in various exhibitions and contexts including Plattenstrasse 10 (Shedhalle, Zürich; Helmhaus, Zürich), The Ketty La Rocca Research Centre (Istituto Svizzero, Roma), The Struggle within the Struggle (Tensta Konsthalle, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich; Upstate, Zürich), These remains will never return (Swiss Art Awards, Basel), We Demand! (Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Les Complices*, Zürich), Die Schweiz hat keine Kolonien, aber war Kolonial (Dienstgebäude, Zürich) and On the Anthropology of the Anthropological Institute(Helmhaus, Zürich).