b. 1944, Germany
Monika Günther was born 1944 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. She attended the Art Academy in Düsseldorf and has been making performances since 1980. Currently she resides and works in Luzern, Switzerland and Essen, Germany.
Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill (1941–2020) have been working together in Performance Art since 1995. Their performances have been presented in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Belarus, Vietnam, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Chile, Bali, Java and Greece. Since 1995, they have been teaching performance art at several art academies and schools. In 2004, they received the Art Price of the town of Luzern (Switzerland). And since 1998, they shared the artistic direction of the annual International Performance Art Turbine Giswil, Switzerland.
Ritual Communication and Body Doubles: Attending (to) the Work of Monika Günther and Ruedi Schill
Essay by Paul Couillard about the collaborative duo.
“Monika and Ruedi seem less concerned with delivering specific messages than with providing each other and their audiences with an intensely present companionship while undertaking a series of slow, quiet gestures. What is evident in their work is an attention to communication as a form of ritual.”