Yvon Chabrowski is a visual artist working in different media, ranging from photography and performance to the moving image as a form of sculpture. She analyses the visual formulas of different media and reveals their mechanisms and manipulation strategies by stripping away their contextual setting. One of her early series of works deals with the territorial claims and dynamics operating in groups of people and their media representation. Chabrowski says of her own way of working: “I’m interested in the images that we all carry with us in our collective memory. I’m working with highly iconographic pictures—pictures that are looked at as though what one sees were already completely clear. It’s all of the pictures that are already part of our visual memory and inscribed in our bodies.” The publication Yvon Chabrowski brings together three series of works from the last ten years and is the artist’s first comprehensive catalogue.
Yvon Chabrowski was born in East Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and at the École nationale supérieur des beaux-arts de Lyon.