Stefanie Schneider

Stefanie Schneider

morongo valley, California, United States Minor Outlying Islands

About Stefanie Schneider

Stefanie Schneider lives and works in the High Desert of California.

Stefanie Schneider's scintillating situations take place in the American West. Situated on the verge of an elusive super-reality, her photographic sequences provide the ambience for loosely woven story lines and a cast of phantasmic characters.

Schneider works with chemical mutations of expired Polaroid film stock. Chemical explosions of color spreading across the surfaces undermine the photograph's commitment to reality and induce her characters into trance-like dream-scapes. Like flickering sequences of old road movies Schneider's images seem to evaporate before conclusions can be made - their ephemeral reality manifesting in subtle gestures and mysterious motives. Schneider's images refuse to succumb to reality, they keep alive the confusions of dream, desire, fact, and fiction.

She is currently working on the 29 PALMS, CA. 29 PALMS, CA is a feature film / art piece that explores and chronicles the dreams and fantasies of a group of individuals who live in a trailer community in the Californian desert. A defining feature of the film is the use of still images and the use of voice over. Characters talk to us / themselves / you about their ambitions, memories, hopes, fears and dreams. The film is to be shot using a mix of super 8 and 16mm film stock and Polaroid images. Certain computer-generated effects will also be used to enhance the films surreal mood and to animate its dark humor. Radha Mitchell, Marc Forster, Udo Kier, Max Sharam among others are participating in the project.

Stefanie Schneider received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany. Her work has been shown at the Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, the Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt, the Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Museum für Moderne Kunst Passau, Les Rencontres d'Arles.
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Stefanie Schneider received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany.

Nominated for the Discovery Award (Les Rencontres d'Arles)
Nominated for the German editing Award (Deutscher Kamerapreis)

Publications Monographs:
INSTANTDREAMS, Avenso, Berlin, 2014

29 PALMS, CA, Pocket Polaroid Series #004, published by SCHWARZERFREITAG, Berlin, 2007

WASTELANDS published by edition braus, Wachter Verlag, Heidelberg, 2006

STRANGER THAN PARADISE published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006

29 PALMS, CA published by Galerie Kaempf, Basel, 2004


Susanne Vielmetter, LA - opens 07/18
Bombay Beach Biennale Polaroid Museum


DZ Bank [ Kunstsammlung ] im Artfoyer, Germany
Group show with John Baldessari, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Hockney, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Terrence Malick, Tracey Moffatt, Julian Rosefeldt, Stefanie Schneider, Cindy Sherman.

Instant Dreams Polaroid Group show as a special invitation by Saatchi's The Other Art Fair curated by myself (G), March 29th - 31

Bombay Beach Biennale, Bombay Beach, USA (G), March 22 / 24 2019, Co-founded & curating the Bombay Beach Biennale Polaroid Museum with Tao Ruspoli.

The Other Art Fair, October 25-28, Santa Monica
Participation and curating Bombay Beach Biennale, Bombay Beach, USA (G)
Available to All, Rough Play Projects - Site Specific, Joshua Tree, USA (G) curated by Deborah Martin with Adam Berg, Kellan Barnebey, Chris Sanchez, Aili Schmelzt

Blickfeld - analoge Fotografie, Kommunale Galerie Berlin-Zehlendorf (G) 10/5 -12/31/2017
Schwartzsche Villa: Screening: THE GIRL BEHIND THE WHITE PICKET FENCE (2013, 61 Min. / OV english)
Kunstverein Bad Homburg Artlantis, Polaroid Groupshow
Photography and Media Art Biennale in Kyiv, Ukraine
Rosegallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica (G)


INSTANT DREAMS by Willem Baptist, December 14th in theaters in the Netherlands. starring Stefanie schneider as the Artist, Stephen Herchen as the Chemist Christopher Bonanos as the Writer and Charlie Brown and Sweet Pee as the pet Chickens, Caitlin Scott & Angela Riccio as the Models, US Premiere Slamdance, January 2018

2013 THE GIRL BEHIND THE WHITE FENCE (60min) Director / Artist - starring Heather Christie, Udo Kier, Steve Marshall, Kyle Larson, Jeff Leaf, Camille Waldorf, produced by MICA Film, co-produced by ARTE, supported by Medienboard Brandenburg


2012 HEATHER'S DREAM (15min.) Director / Artist - starring Heather Christie, Udo Kier, Camille Waldorf, produced by MICA Film, co-produced by ARTE, supported by Medienboard Brandenburg

2009 TILL DEATH DO US PART - Director / Artist - starring Daisy McCrackin, Austen Tate, produced by MICA Film, co-produced by ARTE, supported by Medienboard Brandenburg

2005 SIDEWINDER - Director / Artist / Camera / Editing - starring JD Rudometkin, Stefanie Schneider, music by JD Rudometkin

2005 RENéE'S DREAM - Director / Artist / Camera / Editing - starring René Chabria, Scott Springer, Derrik First, music by Coco Rosie

Magazine / TV publication (selected)
-Scarborough, James, Stefanie Schneider, Frieze Magazine
-FAZ, Amerikanische Mythen in der Galerie Beckers
-Marc Peschke, „Go West - Über die Sehnsucht von Film und Fotografie“, catalog essay „Sehnsucht nach Utopie – Film und Fotografie im Dialog“, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
- Miles, Christopher, Los Angeles Critic’s Pick, ARTFORUM.COM
- Christofori, Ralf, Stefanie Schneider, catalog essay Night On Earth
- Hilger, Stephan.“Junge Kunst.” ARTNET.COM, May issue
- Mayerle, Astrid, Junge, internationale Kunst im Hinterhof, Die Welt
- Kaufhold, Enno, Achten Sie auf die Unschärfen, FAZ
- Bertrand, Ann-Christin, Bildsprache und Wahrnehmungsprozesse des Films auf die zeitgenössische künstlerische Fotografie am Beispiel der fotografischen Arbeiten der Künstlerin Stefanie Schneider, Diploma
- Sonna, Birgit, Horror im Unterrock, Süddeutsche Zeitung
- Lehner, Sabine Dorothee, Stefanie Schneider, Flash Art
- Leisten, Georg, Unter den Fittichen des Zufalls, Stuttgarter Zeitung
- Roug, Louise, In L.A. for art’s sake, LA Times
- Frank, Peter, Art Pick of the Week, LA Weekly
- Scarborough, James, Reality With The Tequila: Stefanie Schneider’s Fertile Wasteland, catalog essay, Wastelands
- Hoffmann,G., Keiner will bloss Gehäuse sein, Stuttgarter Zeitung

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2016-2011 (Sel.)
Instantdreams, Instantdreantdreams Gallery, Berlin (S)
Desert Voices, De Re Gallery, LA (G)
Stranger Than Paradise, Lumas Openings, Wiesbaden, Amsterdam, Brussels, Mannheim, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Hannover
Motion Photography, 6 Finalists, Saatchi Gallery London (G)
Images For Images (Artists fir Tichy), GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, (G)
The Girl..., Galerie Catherine et André Hug, Paris (S)
Heather's Dream, Short, German Competition Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection: Kunsthalle Erfurt, Art Foyer DZ Bank, Frankfurt/Main, (G)
Polaroid (IM)POSSIBLE - THE WESTLICHT COLLECTION, NRW Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf (G)
Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection: Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, (G)
Studio Scholorship, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
Selling Sex, ShowStudio Gallery, London (G)
Stranger Than Paradise, Scott White Contemporary, San Diego
New Works by Rollo Artists, ROLLO Contemporary, London, GB
Mirrror of broken Dreams, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover
California Dreaming, ROLLO Contemporary, London (S)
THE WESTLICHT COLLECTION, Westlicht - Schauplatz für Fotografie, (G), (catalog)
"Renées Dream", Photo Filmfeest Dresden (G), (catalog)

2010-2005 (Sel.)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Walter Keller, Zurich (S)
Instant Dreams, Frank Picture Gallery, Santa Monica (S)
Women Only, Show Off, Paris with Galerie Hug, Paris (S)
Instant Dreams, 30 Works, Cologne (S)
Mapping Worlds: Welten verstehen – Aufbruch in die Gegenwart, 8. Internationale Foto -Triennale Esslingen
True Lies, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany (G)
29 Palms, CA, Moravian Gallery, (Museum of Applied Arts), Brno, Czech Republic (S)
Sidewinder / 29 Palms, CA,, Dornbirn, Austria (S)
Love, Städt. Galerie im Palazzo Ducale, Pavullo, Italy (G)
29 Palms, CA, International Filmfestival Amsterdam
Sidewinder, Galerie Thierry Librati, Paris, France (S)
Les Rencontres d'Arles - Photo Festival South of France, curated by Christian Lacroix (G), nominated for the Discovery Award
Sidewinder, Städtische Galerie am Mozartplatz, Salzburg
Wastelands, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Germany (S)
Infinite Polar Bear Party, Galerie Amber Abbas, Vienna
Sidewinder, Scalo | Guye, Los Angeles, USA (S)
Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Passau, Germany, The East Bohemian Gallery in Pardubice, Czech Republic (G)
Out of the Camera: Analoge Fotografie im digitalen Zeitalter, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (G)
Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, Moravská Galerie, Brno, Czech Republic,Salon Lessing, Zürich, Switzerland, (G) (catalog)
Stefanie Schneider,, Bregenz, Austria (S)
Stranger Than Paradise, Galerie Drees, Hannover, Germany (S)
Wastelands, Städtische Galerie, Waldkraiburg, Germany (S)
Wastelands, Zephyr, Mannheim, Germany (S) (catalog)
Land in Translation, Riverside Museum, Riverside,CA, USA (G)
Zaunwelten, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin (G)
Polaroid als Geste, Museum for Photography, Braunschweig
A Warlike People: Victims or Perpetrators?, Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix

1998-2004 (Sel.)
Stefanie Schneider, Colectivo Fotográfico UFCA, Algecira, Spain (S)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart
OilFields, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA
DreamGirl, Marvelli Gallery, NY, USA (S)
Realities and Histoires d´amour, Kunstverein Ulm (G)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Zink, München (S)
Projekte mit Fotografie - Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin (G)
Night On Earth, Städtische Ausstellungshalle, Münster
LISTE 01, Basel, Switzerland, with Susanne Vielmetter, LA Projects
Rough Cuts, Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, LA (S)
Stefanie Schneider, Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin (S)
Instant Dreams, Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, LA (S)
Film und Fotografie im Dialog, Museum Wiesbaden
Californian Consolidation, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany (S)