Stephanie Ballantine takes on the roles of ‘The Alchemist’, ‘The Mystic’, ‘The Hysteric’ and ‘The Researcher,’ playing with expressions of queer identity, surveillance as ‘The Gaze’, absurd, bondage, pop and trash, magical actionism, and psych-scapes.
After detaching from the theatre and acting practice she was committed to throughout her childhood, Stephanie Ballantine studied Politics and Philosophy and University of Sheffield, UK. Upon finishing the degree she began and completed a foundation degree in Photography at Leeds College of Art and Design. She developed as an artist during this time as a way to express creatively; to construct visual forms that depict lines of academic thinking.
Since her move to Berlin, Germany in 2010 she has explored various exposing collaborations as well as attending acting and movement training programmes. She has configured an amalgamation of these influences over these last 10 years leading to a practice of photography, performance, installation, video and text.
She builds projects from different angles for example as an object of her own making, viewing herself as a way to explore commoditised sexuality. She is interested in Power, from inner experience to the body—the void between bodies ——‘The Big Other’ and its entanglements.
She is an organiser and curator at FK-Gallerie and FK-Kollektiv also exhibited all over the world in solo and group exhibitions including;
Aether Sofia Bulgaria; Tete Berlin Germany; Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Australia; Space Gallery @ San Patricio Mall Puerto Rico; Pantocrátor Gallery Shanghai China; NGBK Berlin Germany; ’Crashpad’ KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin Germany; Tate LiverpoolLiverpool UK.