In her work Eva Grubinger explores fundamental and intersecting human drives such as power, material greed and sexual desire, and their impact on social developments. For this purpose, she alienates and activates objects by means of enlargement, unpredictable shifts of material, reduction or decontextualization, in order to set in motion a cognitive process in which worldly things, sculpturally transformed, become evocative of larger sociocultural dynamics. Her exhibition Malady of the Infinite deals with the big picture of structural inequality, unlimited and insatiable wanting finding no prospect of satisfaction, for rich and poor, magnate and pirate. Against this backdrop, Grubinger insinuates a narrative in which power and powerlessness confront one another on the high seas.
Eva Grubinger was born in Salzburg in 1970 and lives in Berlin. Her work has recently been on display at the Busan Biennale, at Bloomberg Space, London, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, at Witte de With, Rotterdam, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, at the Marrakech Biennale, at the ZKM, Karlsruhe, and at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a. M., among other places.