Hanna Schaich (*1986 in Bregenz, AT)  is a Queer Performance and Multimedia-artist living and working in Berlin. Post Grad. Adv. (2017) Performance and interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College, Nyc; MFA (2015), Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. Her works deal with the individual search for identity, the body, the loneliness of existence and with the numerous possibilities for dialogue between us humans. Her 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. She is looking for , closeness, lust and connection and it is about finding points of contact, building bridges and common ground ; recognizing and seeing the potential in “otherness”. Her work has been shown and performed internationally and nationally.

She is known for her work in video, installation, poetry and performance art. Her work is based on an uncompromising, touching openness. At the center of her work is the confrontation with her innermost self and the attempt to build bridges from there to the outside world, to enter into a dialogue with others. She investigates current issues and fights for the acceptance of the “otherness”. Her videos reflect working along the lines between documentation and fiction, commentary and staging. Hanna’s writings and voice-overs are triggered by an autobiographical impulse to ask questions about our individual strategies to encounter life. She has shown in galleries and other institutions nationally and internationally, most recently at: excentricofest (Chile), Porn Film Festival Berlin 2020; Porn Film Festival Wien 2020; Vienna Poetry Film Festival; LLC Kunstraum (NYC), Zentrale (Vienna, AT), FokiaNou Art Space (Athens, GR), Galerie Hollenstein (Lustenau, AT), RAM galleri (Oslo, NO), Kunstraum Bethanien (Berlin, DE), and microscope gallery (NYC). She has received awards and grants, such as DIS-TANZ Solo (2021), #takecare, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Berlin (2021), START STIPENDIUM Media Arts Fellow (2019), 5×5 GO (2019), DAAD Fellow (2016). Works belong to the collection of the Vorarlberg Museum and private collections.


2017                  Post. Grad. Adv. Media Certificate, Brooklyn College , NYC

2016-17             Student at Brooklyn College, (performance and interactive media arts), 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)

2009-14            Student at the Weißensee School of Art, Berlin (fine arts/sculpture)




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 exhibitions 



2019 "Dear Darkness" Let it Bleed, Berlin, DE

2018 "A KISS AWAY FROM REALITY" zentrale; Wien, AT

2018 "THE PATH AHEAD" curated by Indrė Liškauskaitė, Kiosk, LT

2017 "A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE" curated by Claudia Voit, Galerie Hollenstein - Kunstraum und Sammlung, 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)


2021 “Desire and Revolt“, Outpost Artists Resources, NYC

2021 “GAY*WATCH”, Queerfilmfestival Weimar, DE

2021  “WOD 1" Teiresias & Pegasus Shorts Programme, AthensPFF, GR

2021 “GAY*WATCH Berlin“ PFFBerlin, Berlin, DE

2021 “Worlds of Desire 2“, Kurzfilmabends der Residency “a ghörigs hus“. AT

2021 “PARATEXT“, Barcelona, E

2021 “Political Porn Shorts“ Schikaneder, Wien, AT

2021 "Worlds of Desire 2", excentricofest, Chile

2020 "A Selection of Artists From Recent Residencies” curated by Outpost Artists Resources, NYC

2020 "Worlds of Desire 2", Offizielle Selektion Porn Film Festival Berlin 2020, DE

2020 "Worlds of Desire 1+2", Official Selection Pornfilmfestival Vienna 2020,  AT

2020 "the nakedness calls for a change", winning poem, Berlinable, Berlin, DE

2020 "Unrealized Projects", feldfuenf, Berlin, DE

2019 “400 000 MAL in COMPETITION II - AUSTRIA”, Vienna Poetry Film Festival, Metro Kino, Vienna, AT

2019 “Backlight”, Kino Central, Berlin, DE

2019 “FUTUR III” Kunstfestival 48 Stunden Neukölln, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, DE 

2019 “Kunstankäufe Land Vorarlberg” galerieallerArt, Bludenz, AT

2019 “Videolands” MOMus, Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, GR

2019  “Contemporary Art Ruhr, Photo/Media Art Fair, Welterbe Zollverein, Essen, DE

2018  "Going Beyond" Group exhibition, LLC Kunstraum, Brooklyn, NY

2018  "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

2018  "Return" Screening, Kino Central, Berlin, DE

2018  “Dance: poses, movements and short narratives”curated by Margarita Stavraki, Kinitiras Choreography Lab, Athens

2018   "From zero to infinity!", Video Art Miden, Screening, Kalamata, GR

2018  "the potential in being differen"t, Live Performance mit Danielle Pamp,  Zentrale, Wien, AT

2018  "LAVA AVANT GARDE FILMFESTIVAL", Screening, Krakau, PL

2018  "Fragments of a story// "curated by Margarita Stavraki, Screening, FokiaNou Art Space; Athens, GR

2017  "THE KENT PROJEKT" Group exhibition and Screening, Kent Theater, NYC

2017  "Gestures & Junctures, Questions & Quotes" Screening, Sideshow gallery, NYC

2017  "FUTURISTS DO IT THEMSELVES", Screening, The Deep End, NYC

2017  "DAAD" Group exhibition, Deutsche Botschaft, NYC

2016  "CAKE!" Live Performance mit Patrick Berger, Sabine Blaizine, Miguel Valderrrama , Alo Gazpore, New Theater, NYC

2016  "TAKING UP SPACE" Live Performance mit Kaija Matiss and Clareese Hill, Times Square, NYC


2016  "UM-SCHALTEN-Aktuelle Videokunst" Screening, artkontext 1, Hoyerswerda, DE

2015  "A STATE OF MIND" Group exhibition, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2015  "HAUT NIVEAU" Group exhibition, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, DE

2015  "Muggesturm am Müggelsee" Group exhibition, Galerie Alte Schule, Berlin, DE

2015  "Fucking, Andy, Eden, Techno, Disco" Group exhibition, moe.contemporary, Wien, AT

2014 "GATEKEEPING" Group exhibition, Galerie Hollenstein, Lustenau, AT

2014 "High Tide", Group exhibition, WestGermany, Berlin, DE

2014 "Hysteria" Group exhibition, SOMA ART GALLERY, Berlin, DE

2014 "Idiorrhythmie - ein Experiment" Screening, Frappant, Hamburg, DE

2014 "Reif", Group exhibition, Kühlhaus, Berlin, DE

2014 "NY Trilogie" Screening, WestGermany, Berlin, DE

2014 "Evelyn" Festival Nomination for International Short Film Award, backup_festival, Weimar, DE

2013  "Janet Biggs und Hanna Schaich" Screening,  microscope gallery, NYC

2013  "Gifts of spiritual writing" von Ron Athey, Live Performance, Participant Inc, NYC

2013  "Pool" Group exhibition, KHB Weißensee, Berlin, DE

2013 " Evelyn" Screening, Camp1_Festival for Film and Performance, Halle, DE

2012  "WHITE SHARK" Screening, Ballhaus OST, Berlin, DE

2012  "A RETROSPECTIVE OF TOMORROW’S ARTISTS" curated by Karin Anzivino und Ferial Karrasch, Schillerpalais, Berlin, DE

2012  "Stadtleuchten" Screening, Akademie für interdisziplinäre Prozesse, Frankfurt am Main, DE

2012  "Nachklang" Group exhibition, Foyer der KHB-Weißensee, Berlin, DE

2011  "VIDEOLOOP" Live Performance, Alte Saline Hallein, AT

2011  "3mal1 Polaroids" Screening, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, DE

2011  "Junge Kunst im Stadtbad Steglitz" Group exhibition , Berlin, DE

2011 " Lange Nacht der Bilder" Group exhibition Alte Giesserei, Berlin, DE

2011  "Cafe Schönstedt im Rahmen von 48h Neukölln" Group exhibition, Berlin, DE

2010 " LOCALIZE - Das Heimatfestival" Group exhibition, Potsdam, DE

2010  "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