Painter and filmmaker, born in Rheinfelden near Basel, Switzerland; studied and graduated in theatre directing/acting. Lives and works in Munich.
Theater engagements at the municipal stages i.a. in Bern, Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Frankfurt. Director for feature and documentary films, for ARD, ZDF, 3sat, and ARTE.
The movie THE DESERT DROWNING marks her breakthrough as a director: a television drama about the legendary author and adventuress Isabelle Eberhardt in the Sahara at the turn of the 20th century, filmed on location in the desert sceneries of Algeria (ZDF, ARTE). – TIMES ARE TOUGH, filmed on location in the USA, is a road-movie about the odyssey of a Swiss clown in the turbulent stand-up comedians’ world in New York (ZDF, ARTE), followed by television dramas like A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, based on a story by Luigi Pirandello about the myth of childhood (ZDF, ARTE). – In the forefront of her documentaries and reports lie socio-political and culturally political topics: THE YOUNG UPRISING, a documentary on the subject of racial conflict in South Africa (ARD); SARAFINA - THEATRE OF LIBERATION, a documentary about a black drama group from Johannesburg (ARD, ARTE); SO CLOSE YET SO FAR deals with people in a coma, on the border- line to life and death (ZDF, 3sat); PERILOUS EMBRACE faces the disastrous alliance of love and addiction (ZDF, 3sat). – A further focal point are portraits like THE DALAI LAMA – TIBETAN’S GOD- KING?, a study of the Dalai Lama in his Indian exile (ARD, ARTE), or ROUND TRIP UNDERWORLD, a portrait of the world famous Canadian writer Margaret Atwood (ARD, ARTE), furthermore literary film narratives such as LAND OF WINDS – LAND OF DREAMERS about the myth of Don Quixote in modern-day Spain (ZDF, ARTE). –
Her films have been nominated and awarded with numerous prizes, including the Golden Lion/German Television Award, New York Film Festival, Gold and Silver Awards Houston Film Festival.
Charlotte Acklin started painting while working as a filmmaker; guest at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (with Prof. Robin Page, among others). Her work comprises large-format abstract paintings (oil) and drawings (graphite/ink/charcoal).
STRATIFICATION AND FOLIATION, 2014
Christian Pixis Art Gallery, Munich, Solo exhibition: cross-section of oil paintings 2011 – 2014
ABOVE AND UNDER, 2016
Christian Pixis Art Gallery, Munich, Solo exhibition: new paintings 2015 and 2016
MEMORY OF UNCHARTED TERRAIN, 2018
Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich-Sydney, Solo exhibition OPEN art 2018: new paintings 2017 and 2018
OBJECTS / OIL PAINTINGS / DRAWINGS, 2019
Galerie im Schlosspavillon, Chateau Ismaning, Ismaning/Munich, together with Tamara Ralis
PAPER MATTERS, 2020
Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich, Group exhibition: drawings, paper works
BETWEEN THE POLES – ON THE MOVE, 2020
Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich-Sidney, Solo exhibition OPEN art 2020: new paintings 2019 and 2020
Collections/Commissions: Private collections