Born, lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
Using video, photography and installation, Natascha Niederstrass’ weaves references between art history, news, crime scene and horror cinema. She emphasizes the ambiguity of signs and cultural codes accepted as truths that are deceptive compared to a reality that often escapes us.
Fascinated with narrative issues, she explores the possibilities offered by reconstruction methods, skillfully operating in the margins between truth and fiction. Niederstrass often chooses to use a forensic aesthetic, for it serves both as an approachable way for the general public to pry open the often hermetic shell of contemporary art, and as a viable critical model for understanding art that relies on clues, obscurities, and residue. Niederstrass takes the viewer through the exciting process of reconstructing a story, a scene, a speculative action or an event excluded from the « visible ».
A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (BFA) and York University in Toronto (MFA), Natascha Niederstrass has presented several solo and group exhibitions in galleries and artist-run centers. Her work is included in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the National Bank of Canada and the City of Longueuil. She will soon begin a duo work with artist Caroline Fillion, as part of the project Création Duo Diffusion, an initiative of Centre SAGAMIE in collaboration with Occurrence – Espace d’art et d’essai contemporains, and will jointly carry out a research/creation residency at Centre SAGAMIE in 2021 in order to prepare a duo exhibition, which will then be shown at Occurrence – Espace d’art et d’essai contemporains as well as at Centre SAGAMIE in 2022. Niederstrass recently published her first artist book STRESS AIGU with Les Éditions Rodrigol, distributed by Distribution Diffusion Dimedia. She will soon participate in Manif d’art 10 – The Quebec City Biennial with an exhibition presented at Vu Photo from February 19 to April 24, 2022, entitled “The Vanishing Woman / Escamotage d’une femme”.