Mathilde ter Heijne was born in 1969 in Straßbourg, France.  Between 1988 and 1992 she studied at the Stadsacademie, Maastricht and 1992-1994 at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam. Between 2011 and 2018 she was teaching as professor of Media, Installation, and Performance at the Kunsthochschule in the University of Kassel. Since 2018 she is professor for Performance and Time Based Arts at the University of the Arts in Berlin :

Mathilde ter Heijne creates work around the aesthetics of identity, co-creation, collaboration and dialogue. Her projects explore and create communities that offer an alternative to hierarchy-based culture, looking to the historical and ancient past, lesser-known present and still-possible futures for more active, equal, powerful notions of what visual art could be. Known for her feminist art in a wide range of media including installation, video, sculpture, and performance, many of ter Heijne’s recent projects draw on gender studies, archeology and sociology to probe and test the connection between materiality and spirit, with a focus on participatory art as a tool for communicating knowledge and re-distributing power.

Motivated by a contemporary relationship to feminist thinking in which the individual is not limited to a singular identity, but can be identified with a variety of principles and phenomena, Mathilde ter Heijne works performatively with new ideas of what a Western artist could be. In participatory art she finds a political alternative to the avant-garde tactic of adversarial “shock” and the notion of a sole artist presenting a single voice or opinion in a neutral public sphere; instead she works with others to modify the sphere itself.


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Selected Solo Exhibitions

Blood, Sweat, and Tears—Assembling Past and Future, Körnerpark Gallery, Berlin
It Will Be!, Haus am Lützow Platz, Berlin
Woman to Go, Ayse Umur Project Space, Istanbul
Solo Presentation at ABC, Berlin
Ontology of the In-Between, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich
An exhibition by Mathilde ter Heijne in dialogue with Marina Abramovic, Krome Gallery, Luxembourg
Performing Change, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg
Woman to Go, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
Woman to Go, Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge, frieze Art Fair, London
Any Day Now, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
Mathilde ter Heijne (with Antje Majewski), Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin
Any Day Now, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
Olacak!, DEPO, Istanbul
Long Live Matriarchy!, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam
Red, Black, Silver, and White, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Uit het oog maar niet uit het hart, Presentation of a Public Sculpture, Het Gebouw, Leidsche Rijn
Woman To Go, 101 Projects, Reykjavik, Iceland
Mathilde ter Heijne, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Mosuo Fireplace Goddess, Mathilde ter Heijne, Currents, Beijing
No Depression In Heaven, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Woman To Go, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Forgetting, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart
BASE 103, Sammlung Goetz, München
Suicide Bomb, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Fuck Patriarchy!, Viafarini, Milano
Kunstverein, Hannover
Qo akti?, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
Number One, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Small Things End, Great Things Endure, Art Unlimited auf der Art Basel
For a Better World, Kunstbank, Berlin
Tragedy, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich


Selected Group Exhibitions

Andere Engel, Höhenrausch, Linz
Vom Wert der Kunst als Wert der Arbeit, WeltKunstZimmer, Düsseldorf
Art & Anthropology. Ethnographische Bezüge in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
Secret Agent, Guest Projects, Sunbury House, London
Monitoring, Dokfest, Kunstverein, Kassel
Klassiker, Entdeckungen und neue Positionen aus 200 Jahren Kunst, Lentos Museum, Linz
Hemera Collective: Secret Agent, Suomen Valokuvataiteen Museo, Helsinki
Spiegeloog, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem
Photo XEROX, Bar Babette, Berlin
Kemnade Klingt!, Kunstverein Bochum e.V., Buchum
Springer nochmals, Probebühne 7, Humboldt Lab, Ethnologisches Museum Dahlem, Berlin
Woman to Go, Die Sammlung LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
“Ja/ty/on/ona/oni” (“I/YOU/HE/SHE/THEY”) at Galeria Fotografii PF, Poznań
Nascent States Waterside Contemporary, London
FEMINISMEN, Video Kollektion NBK, Nordstern, Gelsenkirchen
TURN ON Time-Based Media Art from the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Time Present—Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Norbert Witzgall, with a contribution by Mathilde ter Heijne, Veronica, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Mathilde ter Heijne at FLEX, Round Four, FLEX, Berlin
Mathilde ter Heijne and Norbert Witzgall, After the Butcher, Berlin
Emoties in de hedendaagse kunst (Emotions in Contemporary Art), Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond
Time Present—Contemporary Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, within Still Moving: A Triple Bill on the Image, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Berlin Heist, 4 Mediations Biennale, Poznań
Female Intervention, Kleine Humboldt Galerie (Humboldt University), Berlin
‘The Fling Fling’ by Flamenca Fleming, spor klübü, Berlin
ATOPIA, MIGRATION, HERITAGE AND PLACELESSNESS: Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan
Affekte, Kunstpalais, Erlangen
High Performance, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
I Can’t Control Myself, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Die Ästhetik des Widerstands, Galerie IG BILDENDE KUNST, Wien / Galerie im Turm, Berlin
I am another world | Artistic Authorship between Desubjectivization and Recanonization, Akademie der Künste, Wien
HEUTE HIER bugün burada, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin
S/He is the One, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Wien
ƒƒ Collaborations, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
Erogenous Zone, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
M Selection, Museé Rath, Genève
The Legend of the Shelves, Autocenter, Berlin
Mere Top, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland
Female Power. Matriarchy, Spirituality & Utopia, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Tout va très bien Madame la Marquise, Hôtel Fontfreyde – Centre Photographique, Clermont-Ferrand
Art in the Parking Space, Performance and Public Art Festival, Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles
Miniature by Serendipity, Bar Babette, Berlin
Das Leben ist anderswo | Life is Elsewhere, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
Temporary Autonomous Zone, Lisa Ruyter Galerie, Wien
Zeit zu handeln!, Sammlung Migros Museum, Kunsthalle Krems
Zwischen Aufruhr und Verbrechen, Der künstlerische Blick auf gewalttätige Frauen, Galerie Forum Amalienpark, Berlin
Art works, Sammlung Deutsche Bank Zentrale, Frankfurt
Broken Fall (Organic), Astuni Public Projects, Bologna
The Ephemeral, Galerie ARNDT. Berlin
DEAD_Lines, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
Verbunden, Dokfest, Kassel
400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London
The Alienation of Objects, Zabludowicz Collection, London
Reduxdelux, Parkhaus, Berlin
1910 FIGUR 2010, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
Celebration!, Uqbar, Berlin
Changing the World, Galerie ARNDT, Berlin
Hide and Seek, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Unpossessing Femininity: No more bad girls?
, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien; Stiftelsen; 3,14, Bergen
100. Ausstelling im Autocenter, Autocenter, Berlin
Where’s the wind when it isn’t blowing? – Political graphic novels from Albrecht Dürer to Art Spiegelman, Kunstverein Hamburg
Kleine Formate, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt Am Main
ZEIGEN! Ein audiotour, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
Hide and Seek, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Cargo Manifest, Munich Opera Festival, Bavarian State Opera
VERONICA Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont
El Dorado, Über das Versprechen der Menschenrechte, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
Invisible Adversaries, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild, Das Portrait im Wandel der Zeit, Kunsthalle Krems
On Joy, Sadness and Desire, SMART project space, Amsterdam
Kunst und Öffentlichkeit, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Conflicting Tales, Burger Collection, Berlin
REBELLE, kunst en feminisme 1969-2009, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Der schmerz sitzt tief, Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim
Portrayal Betrayal, Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA
Forgotten Bar Project/August 2008, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin
Tabularasa and the Driller Killer Artists, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin
The Krautcho Club/In and Out of Place, 176 Gallery, London
The Prisoner’s Dilemma, How Artists Respond to the Exercise of Power in Contemporary Life, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami
Nach/sichten – Videoarbeiten aus der Sammlung Goetz, Edith Russ Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg
Walls In The Street, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
3500cm2, uqbar, Berlin
See History, Kreative Vision, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
Female Trouble. Die Kamera als Spiegel und Bühne weiblicher Inszenierung, Pinakothek der Moderne, München
Interfacing Practices, Galerie Magnus Müller, Berlin
Small Things End, Great Things Endure, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
Under Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Lügen.nirgends – Zwischen Fiktion und Dokumentation, Ausstellungshalle für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster
Number One: Destroy, She Said, Julia Stoshek Collection, Düsseldorf
Dealing With Reality, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Caution! Blasting operations!, NGBK, Berlin
An Archeology, Zabludowicz collection, 176 Project Space, London
Body Double, Luckman Gallery, California State University Los Angeles
Wir sind Paula, Künstlerhäuse Worpswede
Look@Me, Institut für Kulturmanagement der Freien Universität, Berlin
Erika Hoffman, RAI, Rijksacademie, Amsterdam
Talking Pictures – Theatralität in zeitgenössischen Film – und Video, K21, Düsseldorf
Romantischer Konzeptualismus, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, BAWAG foundation, Vienna
Imagination Becomes Reality, Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Fellbach Triennale, Fellbach
Made in Germany, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Schmerz, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami
Six Degrees of Separation, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
Haunted States, Grand Arts, Kansas City
It’s Time For Action (There’s No Option), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul
Shanghai Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
This Is Not a Love Song, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Ruby Satellite, California Museum of Photography, San Francisco
Ruby Satellite, New Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Disclosure, Reuten Gallerie, Amsterdam
Le Mépris, Mediamatic, Amsterdam
Urban Creatures, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finnland
Imagination Becomes Reality, Sammlung Goetz, München
Bremer Freiheit, Kunsthalle Bremen
Realität, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon
Figure It Out, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
Temporary Import, Artforum, Berlin
Cut, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Greater New York, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Getting Rid of Madonna, Kunsthaus Dresden
Wonder Women, Frac Lorraine, Metz
Morir de amor, Museo Nacional de Ciencias y Artes, UNAM, Mexico City
Das Böse, Guardini stiftung, Berlin
Selbstporträt: Identität, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
Duo Track, Argos, Brussel
The Ten Commandments, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
Silent Screams, Difficult Dreams, Burusan Centre for Culture & Arts, Istanbul
L’air du Temps, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
Laocoon Devoured, ARTIUM, Basque Centre of Contemporary Art, Victoria-Gasteiz
Innocence and Violence, Arge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano
Panic Room, Schloss Ringendorf, Hammelkeln
Slip Role, Castlefields Gallery, Manchester
Narcissus, CRAC Alsace, France
Love, Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein
Memory Sticks, Reuten Galerie, Amsterdam
Silent Screams, Difficult Dreams, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Narcissus, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Alsace
Der Rest der Welt, Neuffer am Park, Pirmasens
Taktiken des Ego, Wilhelm Lehmbruch Museum, Duisburg
Turbulence. Museum voor moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Turbulence. Contemporary Dutch Artists, Centre for Contemporary Art, Kiev
M_ARS – Kunst und Krieg, Neuen Galerie, Landesmuseum, Joanneum, Graz
Realities und histoire d’amour, Kunstverein, Ulm
Junge Kunst, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
Ter Heijne et Mathieu Pernot, Espace Caviole, Cahors
Printemps de Septembre, Les Jacobins, Toulouse
The Berlin Files, Gallery de Chiara, New York
Collective Unconsioussness, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
She Knows, Mama Cash, Rotterdam

Lectures, Performances, CD-ROMs & Video Presentations

(screening) Lament, Song for Transitions, FIVA, International Festival of Video Art Buenos Aires, Argentina
(lecture and workshop) Praktiken des Wissens, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich
(panel Discussion) Kulturwandel? Gleichstellung im Kulturbetrieb, Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung, Berlin
(speaker at symposium) Artistic Intervention, WeberWorldCafé, Museum, Power and Identity, Ethnological Museum Dahlem, Berlin
Im Dialog VI, Conversation with Angela Rosenberg, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
(speaker at symposium) A night with ƒƒ – Help it Grow! Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
Im Dialog VI Mathilde ter Heijne und Angela Rosenberg Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
TURN ON Time-Based Art from the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, featuring SUICIDE BOMB by Mathilde ter Heijne, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
(screening) Lament, Song for Transitions, EYE Filmmuseum, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Amsterdam
Lecture: DokfestForum: Artist talk with Mathilde ter Heijne, Fridericianum, Kassel
(screening) The Invisible Hero, They have come to escort me on the dangerous pathways of the intermediate state, The One Minutes video series curated by J&K, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen
Read Your Call, Diane Kruse Galerie, Hamburg
Frauentag, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
Lecture: Role Models, Deutsche Bank, London
Double Feature: Mathilde ter Heijne, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
One Night Stand #1: Note On “Crampographies”, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Lecture: If it’s me, it’s not me. (in conjunction with I am another world), Akademie der Künste, Wien
FEEL LIKE BEING OUTSIDE (a landscape with figures), cinema-w-o-l-k-e # 11, Brussels
Time Walk with the Experts, ƒƒ Forma, The History of Painting Revisited, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Podium Discussion: Der schöne Schein. Chancengleichheit und Erfolg in der Kunsthochschule?!, Universität der Künste, Berlin
Panel Discussion: Curating Performance Art, Where Does Theatre End and Art Begin, Momentum, Berlin
#Videotapes 3, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Four Cities, More Women, The Nightingale Cinema, Chicago
Vortrag im Symposium Nieuw Zog. Matriarchale Visioenen, Museum Moderne Kunst Arnhem
An Afternoon with Ellador, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
Under Her Spell, ƒƒ Collaborations, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin
Filmscreenings 2013, Wentrup Gallery, Berlin
Kollaboration, Ringvorlesung, Kunsthochschule in der Universität, Kassel
An Evening with Ellador, NADA Lokal, Wien
Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise, IAG geschlechterforschung, Universität Kassel
Girl Monster # 15: We found her on the lost highway, a production of Chicks on Speed and Kampnagel, Hamburg
Ortsverbunden – Locally Connected, Artist Talk, Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel
Double Action, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
Mathilde ter Heijne, Videoart at Midnight, Kino Babylon, Berlin
Case Study China, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
SHE DEVIL, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
Love me Gender – Gender Is Happening, Gunda-Werner-Institut für Feminismus und Geschlechterdemokratie in der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
7th European Feminist Research Conference, Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit Utrecht
Art is a man’s name, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin
The Driller Killer, Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin
Von denen die überleben, Schauspielhaus Zürich
The Glamour of Violence, DasArts Foundation, Amsterdam
Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk
Internationaler Tag der Frauenvideos, videobar in Kino Babylon
Art Video Lounge, ArtBasel Miami Beach
Melancholie, Neue National Galerie, Berlin
Politics of Belief, Badischen Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Kurzfilmfestival, Oberhausen
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Het eeuwige Lichaam, Instituto Olandese, Rome
Experience, Memory, Re-enactment, Piet Zwart instituut, Rotterdam
49˚N6˚E, Frac Lorraine, Metz
La Nuit Art Video, Maillon-Wacken / Théâtre de Strasbourg
Video-Zone, Center for Contemporary Art, Herzeliya, Israel