Discipline: Film/Video – experimental, Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Deborah Stratman

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental, Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2010, 2014, 2021

Deborah Stratman makes films and artworks that question power, control and belief, considering how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. She regards sound as the ultimate multi-tool, and time to be supernatural. Recent projects have addressed freedom, surveillance, broadcast, sinkholes, comets, raptors, orthoptera, levitation, exodus, evolution, sisterhood, and faith. Stratman has exhibited internationally, including venues MoMA (NY), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Hammer Museum (LA), Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), MCA (Chicago), Whitney Biennial (NY), Flaherty Seminar and festivals Sundance, Viennale, Berlinale, CPH:DOX, True/False, Locarno, and Rotterdam. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

Stratman received an Alpert award in 2014, was a USA Collins Fellow in 2015 and a Sundance Art of Nonfiction fellow in 2018. She received an UNDO Fellowship in 2021 to explore research ideas around "Last Things" project with NYC based writer and scholar Sukhdev Sandhu.

During her 2014 residency she worked on creating ephemera for "Subsurface Voids" — a temporary museum of sinkholes at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY. During her residency in 2021, she edited and shot interstitial imagery for her film Last Things, which uses science fiction and non-fiction to explore evolution and extinction. She also made 2D work, and collaborated with Fellow and percussionist Peter Kronreif.



Deborah Stratman worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

Learn more