April Gertler received her BFA, (1997) at the California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA and her MFA, (2002) at Bard College, New York. After studying at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany April moved to Berlin where she has been based since 2005.
April’s work, ranges from collage, drawing, photography, performance and social practice. Her work has been exhibited internationally and most recently in The Netherlands, Germany, New York and Denmark. She regularly brings people and ideas together from various places and sources to create something new. This can be seen through examples of various projects: In 2012 April and the artist Adrian Schiesser started Sonntag, which uses a domestic space to present works by Berlin based artists, April and Adrian won the Projectspace and initiative prize for Sonntag given out by the Berlin Senat in 2018. In 2021 April and Adrian started the fixed project space WIRWIR in Berlin-Neukölln that has regular programming.
April's performance series, TAKE THE CAKE, marries the concepts of a Baking Show with Lecture Performance. The performance involves baking a cake live while she speaks about feminist discourse that highlights elements of capitalistic desire, post-colonial issues and concepts around baking. In addition to the lecture performance, during the pandemic she created a Podcast with the same name available on Spotify.
April is the Founding Director of PICTURE BERLIN which she started in 2009.http://www.aprilgertler.com