Sophie Ernst

Sophie Ernst (born in 1972, Munich, Germany) trained as an industrial mechanic at BMW before graduating from the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2000. In 2003 she was awarded a travel grant to Pakistan from the Prins Bernhard Foundation. Since, she has lived and worked across Asia. She worked as assistant professor at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan (2003-2007), where she started the HOME project. Her practice takes the form of sculptural projections, lecture performances, edited books, and short films. Her work has been exhibited in festivals, museums and galleries in Europe, North America and Asia, including Asia Triennial Manchester 14; 9th Sharjah Biennial; DETOUR – Fifth International Video Festival, Cairo; Memory is an Ideal Place, Kunstverein Heidelberg; Lines of Control, Nasher Museum, Duke University and Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca; Move on Asia, ZKM, Karlsruhe; Presence of an Absence, Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden; HOME, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; The Punjab: Moving Journeys, Royal Geographical Society, London; Emerging Discourse, Bodhi Art Gallery, New York; Politics of Fear, Albion Gallery, London; Re-Forming Landscape, National Art Gallery, Islamabad; Along the X-Axis – video art from India and Pakistan, Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi; Lovedolls, Abguss Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin and Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke, Munich; Touching from a Distance, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork. Ernst received the Golden Cube for best installation at the Kassel DocFest, Germany (2009) and was selected for Best of Discovery at ShContemporary, Shanghai (2007). She lives and works in Oxford.