Cornelia Krafft
was born in Munich, Germany, in 1972. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. Krafft taught at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna for ten years before coming in 2009 as a visiting professor to the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where she continued as an Assistant Professor until January 2015. From October 2015 till March 2016 she received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)for an interdisciplinary performance art project at the University of Arts Berlin (UDK).To this day she continues her work as an artist in Lebanon and throughout Europe.

Her work deploys strategies from performance art, choreography, installation, film and stage, and costume design into a singular whole. At the Department of Fine Arts and Art History in AUB, she pioneered the teaching of performance art, and continues this work in Lebanon and throughout Europe. She has taken part in multiple international artist residencies, has been awarded numerous grants for her academic work.

Krafft’s performances are generally mute and often based on ancient myths and the female struggles in societies throughout history. In Beirut she choreographed "777",2010 in the war-devastated Beirut City Centre Dome, “Along the white line”,2011 at the seashore, followed by “Salome versus Bluebeard”,2012, “After 100 Springs”,2014 (based on Igor Stravinskiy's The Rite of Spring) and "Orpheo- a breath of light",2017 were staged at Beirut´s Massrah Al Madina.

Her work as an artist and choreographer has received broad local and international media coverage. In the past years her in depth practice and research explored mute movement, dance, design and space in relation to the social, political and cultural fabric of Lebanon and the Middle East.
She was invited to lecture and give workshops about her expertise at the University of Applied Arts -Vienna, The Theater Akademiet Norway, The University of Arts Berlin and the University of Arts London.
Krafft's art has been showcased in Vienna, London, Munich, Berlin, Venice, Beirut, and in Bundanon, Australia. In Lebanon, her installations, paintings, photography, and films were showcased at Gallery Janine Rubeiz, at the Musée Sursock Salon d’Automne XXX & XXXI and is part of the permanent collection of MACAM (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum).

Her publication “MUTE MOVEMENTS – a collective performance art journey through Beirut, 2009-2014”,sponsored by the AUB Presidents Club was published by AUB Press in March 2015. In June it was first internationally launched in Prague at the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space (PQ2015) where Krafft was also one of the artists to represent Lebanon at its first participation.