Residency Unlimited


2012 | NYC | Artist

Sonya Schönberger


Sonya Schönberger born 1975 studied Social Anthropology in Berlin and Zürich, Video art at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Experimental Media design at the University of Arts in Berlin, where she finished her studies as a fellow of Prof. Thomas Arslan. In her current work, she is meeting eyewitnesses from the time of World War II and conducts personal interviews with them, exploring the cultural memory of the German society. She follows these witnesses and memory-keepers into the everyday life of the Third Reich: onto the battlefields, in prison camps, into devastated cities, on their escapes and into their after-lives. In her older works, projects and films, Sonya Schönberger asked questions about the home (Heimat), identity, ancestry and tradition. Through her research with witnesses from World War II she has managed to consequently extend these topics. The impacts and traumas of the war on Germans transformed not only for the immediate affected generation the question of Heimat and national identity, but also tremendously for the following generation. By meeting victims and perpetrators, Sonya Schönberger tries to shed light into this neglected subject matter. Up to this point, the recorded reports have been collected, transcribed and archived. Sonya's 6 months NYC residency occurs within the framework of the Residency Unlimited / Flux Factory partnership.  Her residency  is made possible by Schloss Balmoral, Stiftung Rheinland Pfalz für Kultur (Germany) s2dlogo


RU Talk: Sonya Schönberger in conversation with Jodi Waynberg

RU Exhibition: Anton a solo show by Sonya Schönberger at Cuchifritos Gallery (LES)

Sonya Schönberger 'SCHLÜSSELÜBERGABE'(Key Delivery) opens July 11th at ADN Pförtnerhaus

ANTON von Sonya Schönberger, at RAUM FÜR ZWECKFREIHEIT, Berlin

Sonya Schönberger & Christof Zwiener at Kunstervein Zürich

Sonya Schönberger & Christof Zwiener und dem Museum der Dinge


Sonya Schönberger in History is a Warm Gun, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein