Isabella Fürnkäs (*1988, Tokyo, Japan) is an artist who works in a variety of media. The body of work involves equal shares of video, multi-media installation, performance and drawing.
In her work she deals with questions of bodily intimacy, digital relationality and the fragility of societal structures. Fear, anger, multiplicity of time, space and personality are dealt with in the frame of a dualistic approach. By manipulating the viewer, Fürnkäs creates contextual shifts that echo our own vulnerabilities. To address these topics she uses a variety of media such as drawing, sound and video installation, performance and sculpture. In the context of her works, inner images and multi-layered questions are transformed into a repertoire of media-reflexive actions in sometimes subtle ways via performative, installative and time-based techniques.
She is the recipient of the Förderpreis des Landes NRW and of the Paris Cité des Arts grant. In 2019 she was the stipend of the Bronner residency for Tel Aviv, in 2018 a residency of the Goethe Institute Dakar, and in 2017 she received a travel grant from the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen. Her work was exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien, Sprengel Museum, Museum Abteiberg, at the 13. Biennale for Contemporary Art Dakar and in the project space of the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. Her Performances were recently on view at Salon Acme in Mexico City, Kölnischen Kunstverein, Manifesta 11, Akademie der Künste der Welt and KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin.