Gesine Borcherdt is a Berlin-based curator, art critic, and author for Welt, Welt am Sonntag, ART, BLAU International, Art Review, Aperture, AD Germany, Ursula, and other major art publications. She recently published her first book, in which artists like Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, Lynda Benglis, Jeff Koons, Ryan Trecartin, Raphaela Vogel, Jordon Wolfson and Wong Ping tell her about their childhood. DREAM ON BABY was published by Starfruit Publications in October 2023 and will come out in English in March 2024 at Hatje Cantz.
In Gesine's writings since 2004, her focus has been on contemporary art, with a special focus on women artists. Further interests are extensive artist features, international reportages and architecture.
Gesine has curated a large number of exhibitions for private foundations, galleries, and non-profit spaces. One of her latest group exhibitions was DREAM BABY DREAM at Haus Mödrath in Kerpen (2020), with artists ranging from Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik and Paul McCarthy to Charlemagne Palestine, Wong Ping and Raphaela Vogel. Her current group show there is called "Home Is Where You're Happy", running until August 25th, 2024, including artists and architects like Caroline Achaintre, Ed Atkins, Barkow Leibinger, Arno Brandlhuber, Alexandra Bircken, Cameron Jamie, Gregor Schneider, Mary Audrey Ramirez, Andro Wekua, and Anna Uddenberg (see "exhibitions").
As the artistic director at Capri in Düsseldorf (2015-2019), Gesine curated 24 solo exhibitions with Martin Boyce, Ellen Gallagher, Cameron Jamie, KAYA, Maria Loboda, Mike Nelson, Lillian Schwartz, Michael E. Smith, Lily van der Stokker, Wong Ping, and others.
From 2015 to 2019, Gesine was the senior editor of BLAU art magazine. She wrote the very first big features and reportages in German about Lynda Benglis, Nairy Baghramian, Huma Bhaba, Doreen Garner, Leiko Ikemura, Julia Scher, Raphaela Vogel, Annika Yi, and Unica Zürn.
Gesine has been teaching and lecturing at art academies, like Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität der Künste Berlin, and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. She has contributed to major artist publications, exhibition catalogues and artist monographs, like for Jean-Marie Appriou, John Bock, Julia Scher, Thomas Zipp, and the 12th Berlin Biennale.
Gesine moderates talks and panel discussions, e.g. with Byung-Chul Han for Universität der Künste Berlin, and Karen and Christian Boros for Gucci.