Hortensia Mi Kafchin
(b. 1986) lives and works in Berlin. In 2010 she grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Art and Design in Cluj, where she spe­cialised in pottery, glass and metal. Kafchin then worked as an assistant to the painter Adrian Ghenie, whose stu­dio she later took over. Like Ghenie she belonged to a loose network of local artists who set up their stu­dios in an abandoned factory, shar­ing tra­di­tional technical train­ing and thor­ough knowl­edge of art History. Hort­ensia Mi Kafchin, who grew up in a male body with the name Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin and is currently tran­si­tion­ing to her own gen­der, uses this canon to express per­sonal and other con­struc­tions of gen­der and identity.
1986 Born in Galați, Romania as Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin
2010 Graduated from the University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2020
Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Elephant West, London, UK
Hortensia Mi Kafchin: Death Is Not a Piece of Cake, Galerie Judin, Berlin, Germany
2019 Mi Kafchin: Chemtrails, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US
2018 Mi Kafchin: Between Nights, Lyles & King, New York, NY, US
2017 Mi Kafchin: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Galerie Judin, Berlin, Germany
2016
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Memories from the Depth of the Tethys Sea, The National Museum of Contemporary Art – MNAC, Bucharest, Romania
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Chronicles of My Fantastic Banality, Galeria BWA SOKÓŁ, Nowy Sącz, Poland
2015
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Reverse Engineering of the Self, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Fraction of Lightnings, Plants, and Synapses, Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2014
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Relative Kinematics of a Passing Moment, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, France
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: If a Screw Falls in an Abandoned Robot Workshop and There’s Nobody Around to Hear, Does It Make a Sound?, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US
2013
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Immortals Have Fun, Crystal, Stockholm
Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: II Clouds, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, France
2011 Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: A Prologue to Vanity and Self-Adoration, Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2010 Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: How It’s Made, Laika Art Space, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2009 Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin: Long Gone Future, Muzeul de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019
The Influencing Machine, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
In-visible Realness: Berlin 50 Jahre nach Stonewall, PS120, Berlin, GErmany
Listen to Us: Artisic Intelligence. Works From Art Collection Deutsche Telekom, City Art Gallery, Sklad, Russia
Ex-East. Past and Recent Stories of the Romanian Avant-garde, Espace Niemeyer, Paris, France
Mircea Kantor: Chasseur d’Images, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
2018–19 Centre Pompidou’s Romanian Season, Atelier Brancusi – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2018
Peles Empire: Romanian* Art Now, Suprainfinity Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
Seeing Eye Awareness, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bio Perversity, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US
The Unpleasant Show, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
Formal Encounters, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2017
Pólprawda / Half-Truth: Works by Central and Eastern European Contemporary Artists from Art Collection Telekom, Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture at the Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw, Poland
The Basilisk, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US
2015
Art Encounters: Appearance and Essence, Timco Halls, Timișoara, Romania
La Chose, Centre d’art contemporain – la synagoge de Delme, Delme, France
Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016, MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Vienna, Austria
Cluj Connection 3D, Galerie Judin, Berlin, Germany
2014
Transformation: Romanian Sculpture 25 Years After the Revolution, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag, Netherlands
Fragile Sense of Hope – Art Collection Telekom, me Collectors Room / Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany
A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue: New Art from Romania, The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module: Museum as Hub, New Museum, New York, NY, US
2013
Scènes Roumaines, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris
Yellowing of the Lunar Consciousness, Palazzo Bonvicini, Venice, Italy
Prague Biennale 6: Expanded Painting, Prague
It’s Compulsory That We Have a Title, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest, Romania
2012
The Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest, Romania
Original / Copy III, Peles Empire, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
European Travellers: Art from Cluj Today, Műcsarnok – Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary
La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo – centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France
Original / Copy II, Peles Empire, London, UK
2011
Walter Koschatzky Kunst-Preis 2011, MuMoK – Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
BERLIN SHOW #3: Glimpse, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Germany
2009 International Student’s Biennial of Small Sculpture Form, Poznan, Poland

Selected Exhibition Catalogues
2018 Mi Kafchin: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Edited by Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens. Exh. cat. Galerie Judin, Berlin
2015 Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016. Edited by Christoph Thun- Hohenstein. Exh. cat. MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Vienna
2014
Transformation: Romanian Sculpture 25 Years After the Revolution. Edited by Dick van Broekhuizen. Exh. cat. Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag. , Bucharest: Vellant
A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue: New Art from Romania. Edited by Ewa Gorzadek
Exh. cat. The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2013 Scènes Roumaines. Edited by Daria Ghiu. Exh. cat. Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes. Edited by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie. London: Phaidon Press
2012
European Travellers: Art from Cluj Today. Edited by Judit Angel and Gábor Gulyás. Exh. cat. Műcsarnok – Kunsthalle Budapest
La Triennale: Intense Proximity: An Anthology of the Near and the Fear. Edited by Okwui Enwezor with Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Èmilie Renard and Claire Staebler.
Exh. cat. La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo – centre national des arts plastiques, Paris. Paris: Artlys

Selected Collections
Art Collection Telekom
Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris
evn collection, Maria Enzersdorf
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Gaia in a Bathing Suit, 2021
oil on wood
42 x 30 cm
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Recent Dream, 2021
oil on wood
30 x 42 cm
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Danube Ghosts, 2021
oil on wood
30 x 42 cm
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Isle of the Dead, 2016
oil on canvas
61 x 74 cm