Throughout the past two decades of her practice, the majority of Corinna Schnitt’s films have shared a style that, with subtle humor, engages the viewer without the use of unnecessary drama or set storylines. Usually shot with a minimum of staging, and using spaces and locations readily familiar to most (a hillside home in West Los Angeles, a suburban living room in Pasadena, the Grand Canyon), the films’ unusual calm appear at times to be remarkably like a documentary film in format and pacing – a visual strategy at the core of Schnitt’s work. Questioning the idea of what society has defined as normal, the films cannily detail with gentle humor the cultural clichés and the absurdity of modern life. The environments that Schnitt films are backdrops that capture the often obsessive ways people become defined by their own patterns of behavior and where one fits into the thread of society.
Corinna Schnitt has recently been in exhibitions at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. A survey exhibition of her works was recently exhibited at Kunsthalle Mainz, in Mainz, Germany. She is represented by Galerie Olaf Stüber in Berlin.
Curator James Bae