Sonja Berta is an artist, photographer and film-maker based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Her mother is from Vaasa, Finland, and her father grew up in the Swiss mountains. Sonja was brought up speaking both Finnish and German. If Sonja could become a bird, she would be a parrot. Colorful, curious and playful.
Although Sonja’s work is often transdisciplinary, her focus lies on photography and film because it involves incredibly diverse activities and those moments of intense presence during a shoot, wow, that’s what she lives for.
In 2015, she won the Prix Photo in Switzerland as New Talent with the photo series Hungry Women Eat More Salad. Repetra C is her first short film. Currently, she is writing a feature length film and editing her second short film called Sensual Eyes.
Recently, Sonja finished filming her third short film called No Leg Birds in New York City.

EXHIBITIONS

upcoming:
Gepaeckausgabe Glarus
4 – 18 August
installation with video Sensual Eyes

ongoing:
Aesthetica Art Prize 2018
York Art Gallery
17 May – 30 September 

2018

VIFF 2018 – Vienna Independent Film Festival
7 – 11 July
screening of Repetra C

Nordsicht 2 at Nextex, St. Gallen. 23.2. – 22.3. 
Repetra C – Short film

2017

Love Rules Forever at Tommasini in Lenzburg. 17.11.2017 – 22.12.2017
Multimedia Installation.

Dearrival, 17.-20. October at Lattich, St. Gallen.
Love Rules Forever – Video, photographs and love letters.

Guck mal Günther, Kunst – Krisen und Erwartungen, 7.- 17. September, Lenzburg.
Repetra C – Short film.

Art Stop – Taidepysäkki. 11.8. + 12.8. in Varkaus, Finland.
Art postcards.

Screening of Repetra C at NFFTY (27.4. – 30.4.)  in Seattle for Experimental Visions. See a short excerpt of the film in the festival trailer at 0:07.

JKON – JUNGE KUNST OLTEN 6. – 9.4. SCHÜTZI OLTEN www.jkon.ch
Repetra C – Short film and installation with HD video and two audiofiles.

2016

Manifesta 11, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.
Manifesta’s Next Guilt Master
– 
Performance with Vianne Houlmann

Die Ernte – Kulturdünger, Kiff, Aarau.
Repetra C– Installation with HD video and two separate audiofiles

Best of contemporary Swiss Photography, Cité du Temps, Genève.
HUNGRY WOMEN EAT MORE SALAD

 Schaustelle, Dynamo, Zurich.
The Irresistible Merging Dynamics of Utopia, When I grow up I want to be a fountain, Der heilige Kollateralschaden beim Kollisionsfurz, Fake Flowers Are Flowers Too
Acrylic and mixed technique on distorted aluminium

Prisma, ZHdK, Zurich.
Repetra C– Installation with HD video and two separate audiofiles, Performance

Best of contemporary Swiss Photography, Don Bosco Church, Basel.
HUNGRY WOMEN EAT MORE SALAD

2015

Prix Photo 2015, Sotheby‘s, Zurich.
HUNGRY WOMEN EAT MORE SALAD

Blaublau Festival, Zurich.
To be bananas is just human. Bananen werden ist nur ein Mensch– Installation with HD video

REFERENCES

purple.fr, UN Women, Google, Asym Magazine, Fischer Acquisitions, Fashnpie, Saaras, Tzitzinemi, Wirkungsstark, Young ID Zug, XMoves, Human Movement, Ro‘ Clothing

Assistant work (photography and art):
Sven Germann, Celeste Sloman, Thomas Buchwalder, Paolo Dutto, Margherita Angeli, Schweizer Illustrierte, Gianni Motti, Courtney Forbes

AWARDS

2015

Prix Photo New Talent 2015

ARTICLES

2018

Tussle Art Magazine NYC
https://www.tusslemagazine.com/sonja-berta

2017

Saiten, Dearrival, Oct.
https://www.saiten.ch/nicht-gekommen-um-zu-bleiben/

2016

Bolero, Photo for Tzitzinemi, Sept.

2015

Prix Photo, Aargauer Zeitung AZ, Sept.