Pat Binder is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in 1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now lives in Berlin, Germany. She received a visual arts and art education degree from the National Art School in Buenos Aires in 1983 and from 1990 to 1991 took graduate courses in sculpture and art education at the University of British Colombia and the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). In 1991, she directed the gallery of the artist-run center X-Changes in Victoria and at the end of that year moved to Europe to work as a visual artist (objects, installations, photography on glass, video) in Düsseldorf, London and Zurich. In 1996, Binder moved to Berlin and began to experiment with digital technologies such as image manipulation and Web design. During that same period, Binder teamed up with Dr. Gerhard Haupt on the Internet project Universes in Universe, an information and communication system for the arts of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Angela Plohman © 2000 FDL
Pat Binder has exhibited at the Biennale de la Havane in 1994 and 1997, as well as at the Centro Wilfredo Lam (Havana, Cuba), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, Germany) and the Schönau Factory (Wetzikon, Switzerland). A solo exhibition of her work was presented at the ifa-Galerie in Berlin in 1996. In 1997, she won a public art competition to honour artist Käthe Kollwitz in Berlin. The project is titled Foto/Graphik Galerie Käthe Kollwitz, and is considered a public art gallery. Since winning the competition, Binder has presented the work of a dozen artists on the Kollwitzplatz in Berlin.
Binder was also awarded the 1998 Women's Research Program Fellowship of the Berlin Senate in order to pursue her research on the women of the Ravensbrück, concentration camp located near Berlin.
Binder is also working on other curatorial projects including Threads of the Woven Maze. This virtual exhibition for the Open Space of the International Women's University, Hanover 2000, features the work of 12 women artists: Maria Thereza Alves, Tania Bruguera, Young-hae Chang, Helen Escobedo, Carla Guagliardi, Mella Jaarsma, Senzeni Marasela, Susan Meiselas, Melinda Rackham, Lin Tianmiao, Suzan Victor and Sue Williamson.