"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976, Buenos Aires, Argentina; raised in Tel Aviv, Israel) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Hamidrasha, Bait Berl College of Arts, Israel (1998); earned a BFA from School of Visual Arts (2000) and an MFA from Columbia University (2004). Honors include fellowships at Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2011) and The Flaherty International Film Seminar (2010); awards from The Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2004) and The Cartier Award in conjunction with the Frieze Art Fair (2006). Her videos have been included in juried selections by Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw (2011) and CPH:DOX FIlm Festival, Copenhagen (2010). Her work has been included in the exhibitions Mary's Cherries, FRAC Languedoc-Roussilon, Montpellier (2012); Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom (2012); SEVEN, Performa, New York (2011); Cheese, Squeeze, and Tropical Breeze: Video Works 2003-2010, M-Museum Leuven, Belgium (2011); Dough, Cheese, Squeeze and Tropical Breeze, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011); Uber die Metapher des Wachstums (On the Metaphor of Growth), Frankfurter Kunstverein / Kunstverein Hannover / Kunsthaus Baselland (2011); Once Upon a Time , Guggenheim Berlin (2011); New Work: Mika Rottenberg, SFMoMA (2010); Squeeze, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2010); Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Intemperie, 2nd Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Argentina (2009); 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); The Irresistible Force, Tate Modern, London (2007); Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2007). Dough, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2006); Uncertain States of America, Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); Tropical Breeze, Le Case D’Arte, Milan (2005); New Work/ New Acquisitions, MoMA, New York (2005); and Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2005).