Magdalena Kallenberger, born in the south of Germany, is a Berlin based artist and filmmaker working with still and moving images, interviews, text and sound. She has studied in Rotterdam and Berlin, where she graduated with a first class diploma and was awarded with a postgraduate “Meisterschüler” degree in Klasse Medienkunst at the University of the Arts Berlin. Her works have been exhibited and screened internationally (u.a. Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Cairotronica – Electronic and New Media Arts Festival Cairo, Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography) and got awarded with several prizes and scholarships (DAAD, Elsa-Neumann Scholarship, Senate of Berlin). In her artistic research projects she is mostly interested in unconventional narrative strategies questioning the status of reality in-between fictional elements and documentary techniques. From 2010 to 2017 she lived in Cairo, Egypt and worked as a full-time lecturer (media conception and lm) at the German University in Cairo. 2016/17 she was Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo, Department of the Arts. She is Co-founder and active member of the female artist collective “Cairo Bats“.
In September 2017 she returned back to Berlin, Germany to focus on her new artistic research project „Alltagsheldinnen / (Chrono-) Politics of the Maternal“ supported by a year long scholarship of the Gwärtler Foundation. In 2018 she initiated “Maternal Fantasies” an evolving and interdisciplinary group of international (mother) artists and cultural producers based in Berlin, Germany.
Since 2018, she is PhD candidate in Artistic Research at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Her research focuses on „Re/Production: Chronopolitics, Affective Labor, Care and the Maternal“.