Ines Schaber is an artist and writer formerly based in Berlin. She studied Fine Art at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, architectural theory at Princeton University as a DAAD fellow, and received her Ph.D. from the Visual Cultures/Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her dissertation entitled, Obtuse, Flitting by and Nevertheless There – Image Archives in Practice, examined a set of questions underlying archival photographic practices seeking to trace new or alternate modes of archival practice to meet contemporary needs and methods of knowledge production.
In the last couple of years her work was shown at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (in collaboration with the sociologist Avery Gordon), 2012; kw–Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin (in collaboration with the filmmaker Madhusree Dutta), 2013; the 2014 Steirischer Herbst–Festival of New Art in Graz; the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (in collaboration with the artist Stefan Pente), 2013; and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (in collaboration with the architect Mathias Heyden), 2014.
She has contributed to numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, including Topos Raum – Die Aktualität des Raumes in den Künsten der Gegenwart (Berlin: Akademie der Künste, 2005) with the architect Jörg Stollmann, No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night (Cologne: Walther König, 2006), Who says concrete doesn't burn, have you tried?, with Mathias Heyden (Berlin: b_books, 2008), Nancy Holt: Sightlines (Los Angeles: California University Press, 2010), and, with Avery Gordon, The Workhouse–Breitenau Room (Cologne: Walther König, 2014). She was a member of the Berlin artist initiative to have and to need, and is a co-founder of the Berlin Journals–On the History and Present State of the City (with Erik Göngrich, Heimo Lattner, Katja Reichard, and Florian Wüst).
Ines Schaber has taught at many European art schools and also at CalArts as visiting faculty for the Program in Photography and Media in 2014/15 before joining its core faculty.