Bio

Gretta Louw was born in South Africa in 1981 but grew up in Australia. She received her BA in 2001 from the University of Western Australia and Honours in Psychology in 2002, subsequently living in Japan and New Zealand before moving to Germany in 2007. Her work has been exhibited widely, including in public institutions such as the Kunstmuseum Solothurn (CH), Münchner Stadtmuseum (DE), National Portrait Gallery (AUS), UNSW Galleries (AUS), LABoral (ESP), and Galeri Nasional Indonesia (IDN). She was awarded the Heinrich Vetter Preis by the City of Mannheim in 2014 and the Bahnwärter Stipendium by the City of Esslingen am Rhein in 2017, as well as studio scholarships in Munich and Mannheim. In 2017, Louw was an artist in residence at MozFest in London at the invitation of the Tate and the V&A museums in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation. Louw has also curated thematic exhibitions at museums including the Villa Merkel (DE), Furtherfield Gallery (UK), and Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery (US) and contributed essays to numerous catalogues and publications. In 2012 she released her first book, Controlling_Connectivity: Art, Psychology, and the Internet, followed in 2013 by Warnayaka Art Centre: Art in the Digital Desert, and in 2014 her first catalogue Works 2011-2014 / Arbeiten 2011-2014. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been covered by Hyperallergic, Kunstforum, Motherboard, AQNB Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and others. She currently lives and works in Germany and Australia.


Photo by Maxine Hicks, 2019.


Gretta Louw Portrait

Mail: gretta [@] grettalouw . com

Instagram: grettalouw



Selected publications
and press

2019
Ein Riff voll Müll, Evelyn Vogel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 9.07.2019, Link
VECTOR Munich, Vector Artist Journal Issue 9, Birthe Blauth (Guest Ed), Peter Gregorio (Managing Ed), Vector Productions Inc, New York, U.S.A.
2018
La guida di Motherboard al morphing algoritmico, Filippo Lorenzin, Motherboard (Italy), Link
Das Unsichtbare Vernetzen, Heinz Schütz, KUNSTFORUM International 252, Feb - March 2018
Unlocking Proprietorial Art Systems interview: with Artists, Gretta Louw, Antonio Roberts & Annie Abrahams, Marc Garrett, 26.02.2018, Link
2017
The Practice of Art and Science, Gerfried Stocker and Andreas J. Hirsch (Eds), Ars Electronica & European Digital Art and Science Network, Hate Cantz Verlag, Berlin, Germany, ISBN 978-3-7757-4341-9
No Secrets! Bilder der Überwachung: Reiz und Gefahr digitaler Selbstüberwachung, Rudolf Scheute and Dr. Sabine Adler (Eds), Münchner Stadtmuseum and Eren Stiftung, Munich, 2017, ISBN 978-3-00-056058-3
Women, Art and Technology, exhibition catalogue, Arterial (Ed), Aterial and Zone The Waterfront Club, London, U.K
Selfciety: Selbstdarstellung und Selbstwahrnehmung im digitalen Zeitalter, exhibition catalogue, Benjamin Jantzen (Ed), whiteBOX Galerie, Munich, Germany
ARTMUC, art fair catalogue, Intoxicated Demons GmbH (Ed), Munich, Germany
2016
Digital Colonialism and the Marginalization of Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, Christopher Snow Hopkins, Hyperallergic, 8.8.2016
Networking the unseen at Furtherfield Gallery reviewed, Barnaby Lewer, AQNB Magazine, 17.8.2016, Link
Another Future for Aboriginal Digital Art, Amit S. Rai, Mute Magazine, 28.07.2016, Link
Mediating Beach. A Comment On “Networking the Unseen” Exhibition, Filippo Lorenzin, Digicult, Link
Unnoticed Art, festival catalogue, Frans van Lent and Maria Martens (Eds), Jap Sam Books, Dordrecht, Netherlands, ISBN 978-90-808675-0-5
The Flaws in Iconic Paintings Get Exposed in ‘Google Art on Canvas’, DJ Pangburn, Vice, 3.04.2016, Link
More Than 50 GIF Artists Take On Selfie Culture, Benoit Palop, Vice, 19.03.2016, Link
2015
Gefangen im weltweiten Netz, Bärbel Schäfer, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 23.08.2015, Link
The Internet as Theater, Kyle Chayka, LEAP: International Art Magazine of Contemporary China, 2015 July/Aug Edition
Stadtgalerie Mannheim 2011 - 2015, Benedikt Stegmayer (Ed), Einraumhaus Verlag, Mannheim, Germany, ISBN 978-3-944128-50-4
1984: Schlossausstellung in der Papierfabrik, exhibition catalogue, Johannes Karl (Ed), Künstlervereinigung Dachau e.V., Dachau, Germany
Power of Place, exhibition catalogue, Sharmila Wood (Ed), FORM, Perth, Australia
2014
Deltabeben - Regionale 2014, exhibition catalogue, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum und Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (Ed.), Verlag für zeitgenössische Kunst und Theorie, Ludwigshafen, Germany, ISBN 978-3-944295-08-4
2013
Mannheim - Solothurn, exhibition catalogue, Heinrich Gartentor (Ed), Kunstverein Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland, ISBN 978-3-9524225-0-2
Relational Technical Interposition, Luke Munn, EyeContact, 20.05.2013, Link
BOOK - ART OBJECT, exhibition catalogue, Nikola Vukanovic (Ed), Narodna Biblioteka Srbije (National Library of Serbia), Belgrade, Serbia
2012
Trapped to Reveal - On webcam mediate communication and collaboration, Annie Abrahams, Journal of Artistic Research, Issue 2, 2012, England
Lajamanu Connected, Sarah Aitken, Outback Magazine, Sydney, Australia
Gretta Louw’s Online Performance Controlling_Connectivity, Christian de Lutz, An Alternative Documenta, 12.06.2012, Link
Emergency INDEX 2011, Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, U.S.A., ISBN 978-1-937027-07-0
2011
Performance, Public, and Online Presence: Gretta Louw’s Controlling_Connectivity, Orit Gat, Rhizome, 18.10.2011, Link
The Glasshouse: In Retrospective, Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry (Ed), The Glasshouse, Tel Aviv, Israel, ISBN 978-965-91798-0-0
OK, Computer Performance, Valentina Tanni, Artribune Magazine #3, Italy