Since childhood, the peculiar world of Eastern European marionettes and stop motion animation fascinated Karla Kracht.
These heavily influence her work as a German multidisciplinary artist, best recognised for her bizarre figures. She employs these in drawing, animation, painting, video and small sculptures to characterise contemporary society and to propose speculative futures. The figures are the component elements for her installations and performances in which she mixes genres, techniques and technologies.
With each new project, Karla investigates new topics and formal techniques. In this way, she constantly widens her technical and conceptual tools. She exhibits in festivals and art spaces worldwide, including Animateka Ljubljana, Alhondiga Bilbao and Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal.
Karla studied fine arts, art history, linguistics and media arts in Germany, UK and Spain. She participated in international residency programmes in Portugal, Taiwan, Korea, Latvia, Spain and Germany.
Since 2008, Karla has been creating Live Cinema works that range between visual arts, comic, animation and object theatre. In 2012, she co-founded a collaborative project with theatre director and dramaturge Andrés Beladiez, creating cinematic stage productions. In 2018, they were awarded for the most innovative work at PUF Festival in Croatia and she received the STEP Grant from the European Cultural Foundation. In 2019 she received the award for best performance at Kotor Festival in Montenegro
Karla is based in Barcelona, Spain and works worldwide.