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Kai Welf Hoyme was born 1979 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
He lives and works in Mönchengladbach and NRW as an artist and lecturer/art-mediator.

He circles in his artistic works around themes such as cultural imaginaries of death, fictions of social utopias; the gesture, the mirror, the relationships between the human body and mental and physical spaces; (re)imaginations of waste mountains, memory traces of autobiographical places and trauma and the tension between language and image. The artworks have taken the form of experimental shortfilms and videos, performances, sound and audio art, multimedia-installations, photography and scenography. He collaborates with theatre makers, dancers, poets and musicians, too.

His works have been exhibited und screened since 2003 in 40 countries. Including  Anchorage Museum; File, Sao Paulo; Love and other Perspectives, The Picnic Pavilion, in the framework of the 58th Venice Biennale; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck; Japan Video Dance Festival, Tokyo; Shortfilm Festival Oberhausen; Frame Research, Museum National de Soares dos Reis, Porto; Durban Int. Film Festival, Monstra – Lisbon Animation Film Festival and Til Video Art Program, ZKM, Karlsruhe.

He has studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) and the Ruhr-University of Bochum.

He received grants and prizes including the Video Art Award of the Interl. Sardinia Film Festival 2016; Offene Entwicklungsvorhaben, Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2020; Begabtenstipendium, 2007 Peter Fuld Stiftung and 2011 Kölner Theaterpreis and Kurt-Hackenberg-Preis for Petersberg1, together with Futur3.

Here you can watch an artist portrait (in german language).

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