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Mario Kiesenhofer works with photography, video, text and ­installation. He focuses on queer spaces and communities, with an emphasis on their representation and visibility. His work deals with the dispositive of photography and how it sharpens the gaze on realities that are not ­perceived as such. It examines how queer safe spaces are constituted and how they evolve and resist.

Tinted filters, special ­framing techniques and ­reflective ­surfaces are ­inherent components of ­the artist’s work, adding to the formal and conceptual complexity of each piece. By combining them with his photographs, he ­creates lens-based objects that are both tangible and intangible, ­physical and ­metaphysical.

Mario Kiesenhofer (*1984 in Freistadt, Austria) lives and works in Vienna and is represented by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in the USA. He studied Photography and Video Art under the guidance of Matthias Herrmann and Dorit Margreiter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

 

His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including recent solo shows at Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna (2023/24), the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw (2024) and Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in New York (2022). Kiesenhofer has received several photography scholarships from the Austrian state, including a 2023 State Scholarship for Photography and a scholarship for Artistic Photography in New York City in 2018 (as part of the International Studio & Curatorial Program). He was awarded a special mention by the expert jury at the Portfolio Review at Fotomuseum Winterthur in 2020. EIKON Magazine and C/O Vienna Magazine have recently published his work. Mario Kiesenhofer is a co-founder of STREULICHT – a publication series on photography & related arts. 

FUNDINGS / SCHOLARSHIPS

2023 STATE SCHOLARSHIP FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

by The Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service And Sports

2018 3-MONTHS ARTIST RESIDENCY FOR ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY,  NEW YORK CITY

as part of the International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP

by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria

2015 6-MONTH START SCHOLARSHIP FOR ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria

2012 – 2015 DEPARTURE FOCUS - ART FUNDING

section: art market / project "SIGHTS - new formats for fashion and art"

by departure, the creative center of the Vienna Business Agency

LECTURES / TALKS

​MAPPING QUEER SURROUNDINGS. A PANEL ON VISIBILITY AND SPACE

AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK
Panel discussion at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Speakers: Drew Sawyer (Brooklyn Museum), Matthew Leifheit (photographer, magazine editor), Mario Kiesenhofer (artist)

2022 QUEER SPACES – ARTIST TALK
QUEER MUSEUM VIENNA

as part of Queer Talks, curated by Christiane Erharter, with Kaucyila Brooke (LA), Mario Kiesenhofer (VIE),  Stefanie Seibold (VIE)

2018 LECTURE
SCHOOL FRIEDL KUBELKA  – THE SCHOOL FOR ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY VIENNA

Lecture on my artistic practice

ART FAIRS

2022 VIENNACONTEMPORARY

Artist Statement – Bildrecht Booth

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2024 SKARB

Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw

solo exhibition, curated by Stanisław Welbel

2023/24 TREASURE

Kunstforum Wien (tresor), Vienna

solo exhibition, curated by Lisa Ortner-Kreil

2023 GMUNDEN PHOTO – POWER PLAY
Stadtgarten Gmunden

group exhibition, curated by Lisa Ortner-Kreil

2023 QUEER ART SPACES VIENNA

Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

group exhibition, curated by Francis Ruyter, Louise Deininger, Michael Kaufmann, Gerhard Pruegger

2022/23 DISPATCHES FROM A TROUBLED CITY

Vienna Museum MUSA, Vienna

group exhibition, curated by Nika Kupyrova, with works by: Aaron Amar Bhamra, Daniela Grabosch, Ordained Hardware, Mario Kiesenhofer, Gašper Kunšič, Anna Paul, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair

2022 MARIO KIESENHOFER. SURROUNDINGS

Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in cooperation with Anders Wahlsted Fine Art

New York City

solo exhibition, curated by Peter Halpert

2021 SAFE SPACES REMOTE PLACES

Top19BTM19, Vienna

group exhibition, with works by: Adam Baran, Siggi Hofer, Mario Kiesenhofer, Zara Pfeifer

as part of FOTO WIEN Selected, hosted and curated by Mario Kiesenhofer

2021 QUEER|ART|PRIDE DIGITAL BOOK & PRINT FAIR

Queer art New York, Online

guest artist, curated by Queer Art

 

2021 MARIO KIESENHOFER. SHIFTING LAYERS

Bildraum 01, Vienna

solo exhibition, curated by Bildrecht

 

2021 MARIO KIESENHOFER. NEIGHBORHOOD

VAN Artspace, Vienna

solo exhibition, curated by Sophia Hatwagner

 

2020 FOTOHOF CALLING

online presentation, curated by Fotohof: https://calling.fotohof.at/projects/indoor/

 

2020 PLAT(T)FORM 2020
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland 

portfolio review, special mention

2020 SURFACING
the dentists, Köllnerhofgasse 6, Vienna

duo exhibition with Robert Bodnar, curated by Walter Seidl

 

2019 SENSATIONS. CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE

Kunstverein Schattendorf, Austria

group exhibition, curated by Siggi Hofer

 

2019 HAVE FUN TONIGHT
Spielzimmer, Vienna

solo exhibition, curated by Michael Kaufmann (Gallery Ernst Hilger)

 

2019 QUEER ART SPACE VIENNA
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

group exhibition, curated by Gülsen Bal, Michael Kaufmann, Gerhard Pruegger

2019 FILTERED

Take Festival, Vienna

solo exhibition as part of Take Festival for Independent Fashion and Arts,
curated by the Austrian Fashion Association

 

2019 EVERLASTING LIGHT
Tim Nolas, Vienna

group exhibition, curated by Cornelia Lein

2019 SHIFTING QUEER TOPOGRAPHIES
Studio Mario Kiesenhofer, Vienna

solo exhibition, curated by Kunsthaus Wien, as part of Foto Wien Festival

 

2019 WOLF SUSCHITZKY PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE EXHIBITION
Austrian cultural Forum, London

group exhibition and special mention, curated by Katy Baron & Vanessa Fewster

 

2017 PREFACE. IMAGE POLITICS IN FASHION AND ARTS
A-Gallery, Tokyo

group exhibition, curated by Andreas Spiegl


2016 SEX IN VIENNA. DESIRE. CONTROL. TRANSGRESSION
Vienna Museum, Vienna

group exhibition, curated by Andreas Brunner, Frauke Kreutler, Michaela Lindinger, Gerhard Milchram,
Martina Nußbaumer, Hannes Sulzenbacher

 

2016 TO THE WINDOWS TO THE WALLS
Art space Argentinierstrasse, Vienna

duo exhibition with Sophia Hatwagner, as part of Eyes On - Month of Photography Vienna

 

2016 INDOOR

Take Festival, Vienna

solo exhibition as part of Take Festival for Independent Fashion and Arts,

curated by the Austrian Fashion Association

2016 PATTERN. CITY. TARNÓW
BWA Gallery, TarnÓw (Poland)

group exhibition, curated by Marcin Rozyc

 

2012 NEW DIRECTIONS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

group exhibition, as part of the European Month of Photography

 

2012 THE RUNWAYSHOP

Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein, Linz

interdisciplinary exhibition project in cooperation with Sight Store Vienna

 

2011 - 2012 LANDSCAPE / DISPOSITIVE

Sur la Montagne, Berlin

group exhibition, curated by Sur La Montagne

2010 FIVE DIRECTIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
Gallery Hilger, Vienna

group exhibition, curated by Martin Guttmann

PROJECTS (SELECTION)

2016 VIENNA ON THE MOVE

Lightbox Studio, Tokyo, Japan

exhibition project & showroom, part of Tokyo Fashion Week

9 Austrian fashion labels and 6 Austrian artists

art director and co-founder of the project

curated by Andreas Spiegl (Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna)

 

2015 MODE BLOGG

publication on fashion, fine art & architecture

art director and co-editor, in cooperation with Andreas Spiegl (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

2012 - 2015 STREULICHT

publication series on photography & related matters, 144 pages, biannual, bilingual (english & german)

art director and co-founder of the project

in cooperation with Roland Fischer-Briand (editor) & Amelie Zadeh (editor)

 

2012 - 2015 PROJECT SIGHTS, NEW FORMATS FOR FASHION AND ART

cooperation project at the interface between fine art and contemporary fashion

curator and artistic director in cooperation with Vivien Sakura Brandl (Sight Store Vienna)

organisation and implementation of temporary art & fashion projects in artspaces like: "Künstlerhaus KM– Graz", MaximilansForum München", "Peter Behrens Tabakfabrik Linz"

curator at the exhibition space Sight Room

ARTISTIC EDUCATION

2014 DIPLOMA, FINE ART, ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA

Video and Videoinstallation Studio (Dorit Margreiter)

2008 - 2014 STUDIES AT THE ACADAMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA

Art and Photography Studio (Matthias Herrmann, Martin Guttmann)

Video and Videoinstallation Studio (Dorit Margreiter)

2005 - 2008 STUDIES AT THE "WIENER KUNSTSCHULE"

Interdisciplinary Media Studio (Claudia Slanar)

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