Hito Steyerl (born 1966 in Munich, Germany} is a filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the University of the Arts, Berlin, where she co-founded the Research Centre for Proxy Politics, together with Vera Tollmann and Boaz Levin. Steyerl has produced a variety of work as a filmmaker and author in the field of essayist documentary, filmography and post-colonial critique, both as a producer and theorist. Steyerl attended the Japan Institute of the Moving Image and University of Television and Film Munich. She participated in Manifesta 5 in 2004 and has exhibited widely in solo and group shows since this time; notably, at the Chisenhale Gallery, London 2010; E-flux, New York, 2012; Artists Space, New York 2015; KOW, Berlin, 2015; Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2015; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2016 and Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, 2016. Steyerl is widely published in periodicals, newspapers, journals and anthologies, as well as her own publications, including the critically acclaimed Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War in 2017.