Bettina Flitner is a photographer and film maker, her experiences with film have influenced her photographical works. She was trained as a film editor at the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR) and studied at the "German Film and TV-Academy" in Berlin. Her first films have received numerous awards. As a photographer Bettina Flitner is an autodidact. Since 1990 she focuses mainly on photography, since 1992 she is an associated member of the photo agency laif.
Most of the time her photo essays have a serial character and often Flitner works with a combination of text and picture. She attracted attention for the first time with her "Report from No Mans Land" a photo series about people from east and west Germany during the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989. Until then Flitner had published in the traditional way via exhibitions and books. From the beginning of the 1990s, she went into public space with her works. Her portraits grew into larger than life photo sculptures, such as her widely acclaimed trilogy "My Enemy My Monument My Heart" from the years 1992-1995, with which she "infiltrated the art scene and broke through its boundaries" (Klaus Honnef).
Her installations in the public space continue to create controversial and fierce debates among people as well as the media, as it happened with her award winning work "I am proud to be a Nationalist" about right-wing youths, whom she neither denunciates nor accepts. The jury of "Flashback 2000" about her work: "What radiates from her pictures is exactly what Hannah Arendt already decades ago called the banality of evil." With this work Flitner moved from the public space to the traditional art scene and shocked audiences at the ART Cologne 2001 in the space for young artists with an eerie installation (at Gallery von Loeper). "Bettina Flitner from the space for young artists, whose work "I am proud to be a Nationalist" was the only one with a political reference, received the biggest media attention," the magazine ART (1/02) wrote.
From the beginning, Bettina Flitner has worked across the genres: between documentary journalism and staged fiction. Her latest work "Frauen die forschen" (women scientists) appeared in Collection Rolf Heyne.