Isabel Lewis, born in 1981, is a Berlin-based artist born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1981 and raised on a man-made island off the coast of southwest Florida. Before relocating to Berlin in 2009 she lived in New York City for several years where she danced for many choreographers, showed her own commissioned works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum Movement Research at Judson Church, Dancespace Project at St. Mark’s Church, PS 122 and Dia Foundation. Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy, her work takes on many different formats from lecture performances to workshops, music sessions, parties, hosted occasions, and large scale artistic/programmatic works like the Institute for Embodied Creative Practices and her upcoming series of public activations for Basel’s Messeplatz. Her work has been presented at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Kunsthalle Basel, Frieze London, Liverpool Biennial, the Institute of Contemporary Arts London (ICA), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, Tanz im August Berlin, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Palais de Tokyo, Tate Modern London, and Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai. Lewis has created works around such topics as open source technology and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems (“Mountain Grass, Mountain Hare: bodily imprinting and social dances”, 2012), collaborative creative formats (“Communal EPIC Fiction”, 2010), future bodily techniques (“BALLISTIC BODY”, 2011), and rapping as an embodied speech act (“FLOW PLAY: Sensualized Speech and Hip Hop”, 2013) that have been presented at Serpentine Galleries, Kampnagel, and Hebbel am Ufer amongst others.
As of May 2018.