Hanna Schaich is a filmmaker, dramaturg, producer, performance poet living and working in Berlin. Post Grad. (2017) Performance and interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College, Nyc; MFA (2015) Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. At the center of the work lies the exploration of emotional worlds and the relation to current topics. Hanna’s pieces are a combination of both autobiographical and imagined stories that explore the complexity of humanity asking questions about intimacy, sexuality, freedom, identity and individual strategies for negotiating life inside capital. Striving to create works that speak to the viewer on a personal level. Most recent works are characterised by the processing of autobiographical trauma (sexual abuse, violence, forced institutionalisation) and the focus on being alive, regaining lust and breaking free from social coercive norms. Hanna’s works have been shown in galleries and other institutions nationally and internationally. 


2017 Post. Grad Performance, Brooklyn College , NYC

2015 Master's apprentice of professor Else (Twin) Gabriel, Weißensee School of Art, Berlin

2014 M.F.A. Weißensee School of Art, Berlin Professor Else (twin) Gabriel und Janet Biggs (external)


Grants (selection)

2024 Development Grant , Film Fund Vlbg

2023 Kulturförderung, Goethe Institut

2023 Winner Shorfilmcompetition Kunstfilmfestival Zürich

2023 Stipendium für Tanz und Performance 2023, bmkoes

2023 Arbeitsstipendium The state government department of Vorarlberg for Arts and Culture 

2022 Researchgrant, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Berlin

2022 Post Production Grant, The state government department of Vorarlberg for Arts and Culture

2021 Researchgrant, Berliner Senat

2021 TravelGrant, Berliner Senat

2021 Stipendium für Tanz und Performance 2021, bmkoes

2021 DIS-TANZ-SOLO, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland 

2021 #takecare, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Berlin

2020 Produktionsstipendium, Gaywatch* Berlin Edition

2020 Project Grant (HANNA EJACULATING THOUGHTS), The state government department of Vorarlberg for Arts and Culture

2020 AIR,, Barcelona, Spain

2019 START STIPENDIUM Media Arts Fellow, Sektion II Kunst und Kultur Abteilung II/6 

2019 5x5 GO Fellow, Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung Bereich „Bildende u. Angewandte Kunst“

2019 Project GrantThe Austrian Federal Chancellery Division II: Arts and Culture

2018 Production and Travel Grant, The state government department of Vorarlberg for Arts and Culture

2018 Travel Grant, Austrian Cultural Forum New York

2018 AIR, Nid Art Colony, The state government department of Vorarlberg for Arts and Culture

2018 Project GrantThe Austrian Federal Chancellery Division II: Arts and Culture

2018 Project GrantThe state government department of Vorarlberg for Arts and Culture

2018 Residency, “Cuts and Burns Residency”, OUTPOST Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY

2017 Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt 

2016 DAAD Scholarship for Grad Students in Fine Arts for the United States of America

2015 PROMOS Work and Travelgrant

2014 Mart Stam Prize

2013 Residency, “Cuts and Burns Residency”, OUTPOST Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY

2011 Scholarship for “performance-class" led by Katrina Daschner, summeracademy,  Salzburg


Solo (selection) 

2021 INTIMACY PROTOCOL, HR.FLEISCHER, Halle, DE // 2019 “Dear Darkness” Let it Bleed, Berlin, DE // 2018 “A KISS AWAY FROM REALITY” zentrale; Wien, AT // 2018  “THE PATH AHEAD” Kiosk, LT // 2017 “A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE” Galerie Hollenstein, Lustenau, AT // 2015 “HANNA SCHAICH” RAM galleri, Oslo, NO // 2014 “TAKING OVER” Kunst-und Kulturverein Werkstadt, Berlin, DE // 2013  “Slow motion for take away” Schillerpalais, Berlin, DE


Group exhibitions, Screenings and Performances (selection) 



Is Queer political? Queermuseum, Wien //

Cine, Festival, NYC //

‚Under the Cherries‘ curated by Frida Retz, Cinematheque Copenhagen, Denmark //

Valentine; Beursschouwburg, culture and art center Brussels //



Cinema Queer, Stockholm // Kunstfilmfestival Zürich// OSLO Film & Art Festival (OE) // Désir instinct #14, Berlin // Official selection San francisco Filmfestival // Schmutz Cinema, LAB111//Queer Pride in Amsterdam // SYMPOSIUM Sichtbar machen – werden – sein:in queer_feministischer Perspektive von Kunst & Design //Post Festival Warsaw // Brussels Film Festival, Opening Night, BEL // APT 404 + Ben Ross Davis, Brooklyn NYC // La Fête du Slip, Lausanne, Switzerland // Hacker Film Festival, No Gender No Border, Rom, IT //AIDS a walk through, Village Berlin, DE //HUMPFEST, USA// COPENHAGEN WINTER PRIDE, COP, DK // EXCÉNTRICOFEST, Chile // Official Selection PPF Wien, AT (Political and Queer Shorts)


Official selection MIX CPH “This Is How We Do It“, Cinemateket, CPH //The more the merrier Shorts, PFFB, DE // BUCHAREST PRIDE // dotdotdot // Theaternatur Festival //San Francisco PornFilmFestival // POST PXRN FESTIVAL WARSAW // Kurzfilmfestival Volkskundemuseum wien, AT // AthensPFF, Athen, GR, // Queermuseum, Wien, AT // “Sensual Loyalty“, backhaus Projects,Berlin, DE // DIAMETRALE, AT // SMUT FESTIVAL, Antwerpen, BEL // “Gay*Watch Berlin“, PFF VIENNA // Hacker, Rom, IT // Filmriss, ENDMORÄNE, Berlin, DE // luxstudioberlin, Berlin //  “QUEER Filmmaker Night“ Tipsy Bear, Berlin // “FEM FESTIVAL“, Frankfurt, DE // DIAMETRALE, Innsbruck, AT //  RTALIN + Queer Post-Erotica Berlin shorts, Communitism, Athens


“Desire and Revolt“, Outpost Artists Resources, NYC // GAY*WATCH”, Queerfilmfestival Weimar, DE // “WOD 1" Teiresias & Pegasus Shorts Programme, AthensPFF, GR // Gay*watch Berlin, Offizielle Selektion BPF Film Festival 2021, DE // Paratext#55, hangar, Barcelona, Spanien // “Worlds of Desire 2”, excentricofest, Chile // “Political Porn Shorts“ Schikaneder, Vienna, AT


“A Selection of Artists From Recent Residencies” curated by Outpost Artists Resources, NYC // “Worlds of Desire II”, Offizielle Selektion BP Film Festival 2020, DE // “The nakedness calls for a change”, Winning Poem, Berlinable, Berlin, DE //“Worlds of Desire 1+2”, Official Selection Pornfilmfestival Vienna 2020,  AT //  “Unrealized Projects”, feldfuenf, Berlin, DE


“ROOM NO 504”, Kino Central, Berlin, DE  // “400 000 MAL in COMPETITION II - AUSTRIA”, Vienna Poetry Film Festival, Metro Kino, Vienna, AT  //  “FUTUR III” Kunstfestival 48 Stunden Neukölln, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, DE  // “Kunstankäufe Land Vorarlberg” galerieallerArt, Bludenz, AT // “Videolands” MOMus, Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, GR // “Contemporary Art Ruhr, Photo/Media Art Fair, Welterbe Zollverein, Essen, DE


"Going Beyond" Group exhibition, LLC Kunstraum, Brooklyn, NY // "Take a Number, Night Screenings – Temporäre Räume für neue Erzählungen" feldfuenf, curated by  Marenka Krasomil In cooperation with n.b.k. and Clemens von Wedemeyer / Expanded Cinema, HGB Leipzig., Berlin, DE // "Return", Kino Central, Berlin, DE // “Dance: poses, movements and short narratives”curated by Margarita Stavraki, Kinitiras Choreography Lab, Athens //  "From zero to infinity!", Video Art Miden, Kalamata, GR  // "the potential in being different mit Danielle Pamp,  Zentrale, Wien, AT //  "LAVA AVANT GARDE FILMFESTIVAL", Krakau, PL  // "Fragments of a story// "curated by Margarita Stavraki, FokiaNou Art Space; Athens, GR


"THE KENT PROJEKT"  Kent Theater, NYC //  "Gestures & Junctures, Questions & Quotes", Sideshow gallery, NYC  // "FUTURISTS DO IT THEMSELVES", The Deep End, NYC //  "DAAD", Deutsche Botschaft, NYC


 "CAKE!" Live Performance mit Patrick Berger, Sabine Blaizine, Miguel Valderrrama , Alo Gazpore, New Theater, NYC  // "TAKING UP SPACE" Live Performance mit Kaija Matiss and Clareese Hill, Times Square, NYC // "THE MAKING OF THE UNREALISED" Group exhibition, KREUZBERG PAVILLON, Berlin, DE //  "UM-SCHALTEN-Aktuelle Videokunst" artkontext 1, Hoyerswerda, DE


 "A STATE OF MIND"  Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE //  "HAUT NIVEAU" Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, DE //  "Muggesturm am Müggelsee", Galerie Alte Schule, Berlin, DE  // "Fucking, Andy, Eden, Techno, Disco" Group exhibition, moe.contemporary, Wien, AT


"GATEKEEPING" Galerie Hollenstein, Lustenau, AT  // "High Tide", WestGermany, Berlin, DE // "Hysteria"  SOMA ART GALLERY, Berlin, DE

 //"Idiorrhythmie - ein Experiment" Screening, Frappant, Hamburg, DE  // "Reif", Kühlhaus, Berlin, DE // "NY Trilogie" WestGermany, Berlin, DE  //"Evelyn" Festival Nomination for International Short Film Award, backup_festival, Weimar, DE


"Janet Biggs und Hanna Schaich"  microscope gallery, NYC  // "Gifts of spiritual writing" von Ron Athey, Participant Inc, NYC  // "Pool" KHB Weißensee, Berlin, DE  // " Evelyn, Camp1_Festival for Film and Performance, Halle, DE


"WHITE SHARK" Ballhaus OST, Berlin, DE //  "A RETROSPECTIVE OF TOMORROW’S ARTISTS" curated by Karin Anzivino und Ferial Karrasch, Schillerpalais, Berlin, DE //  "Stadtleuchten", Akademie für interdisziplinäre Prozesse, Frankfurt am Main, DE //  "Nachklang", Foyer der KHB-Weißensee, Berlin, DE


 "VIDEOLOOP", Alte Saline Hallein, AT  // "3mal1 Polaroids" Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, DE  // "Junge Kunst im Stadtbad Steglitz" Group exhibition , Berlin, DE  // "Lange Nacht der Bilder",  Alte Giesserei, Berlin, DE  // "Cafe Schönstedt im Rahmen von 48h Neukölln" Berlin, DE


"LOCALIZE - Das Heimatfestival" Potsdam, DE  // "B/W and a red carpet" in collaboration with Birgit Severin, Forgotten Bar Galerie, Berlin, DE



Vorarlberg Museum, private collections in New York, Brooklyn, Vienna, Berlin, Bregenz