Julia Gaisbacher is an artist and photographer, born in Grambach near Graz (AT). She lives and works in Vienna (AT).

Julia studied Art History (M.A.) at the University of Graz (AT) and Three-Dimensional Work / Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden (DE) and LUCA School of Arts, Brussels (BE). She was a masters student of Prof. Martin Honert at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden.
She has received the Theodor-Körner-Fond Prize for Visual Art (2021), a State Scholarship for Photography from the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria (2020), an Acquisition Prize as part of the “Contemporary Visual Art Award of the State of Styria” (2019), the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Recognition Art Award (2018), and the Promotion Prize for Photography of the City of Graz (2016). Her works had been shown nationally and internationally and are in several public and private collections.

"In my work, I am interested in the complex interrelations between social conventions in public space, architecture and individual representation in various media. The topics that I recently deal with are located around the questions of housing, public and private space: who has the power to decide about it and what social justice or injustice can be seen through that?
I use digital image files as raw material in my working method and experiment with printing processes, support materials, and, ultimately, installations. This allows me to combine two-dimensional images with three-dimensional objects. Depending on the project theme, I use materials that I come across during the research relating to the theme, place, or time."

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2011−2013 Master Student of Prof. Martin Honert, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (DE)
2009−2010 Exchange year, Sint Lukas-LUCA, School of Arts, Brussels (BEL)
2006−2011 Study of Sculpture/Three Dimensional Work, Academy of Fine Arts Dresden (DE) with Prof. Carl-Emanuel Wolff and Prof. Martin Honert
2005 Student at HTBLVA Graz-Ortweinschule, class for art and sculpture, Graz (AT)
2003−2005 Non-degree study for Art Education, Pädagogischen Akademie Graz-Eggenberg (AT)
2001−2006 Study of Art History (M.A.) at Karl-Franzens-University Graz (AT)
2001 Training for contemporary dance, directed by Mona May, Graz (AT)


Kunstraum Steiermark, studio scholarship from the State of Styria (AT)

Theodor-Körner-Fond-Award for Visual Arts
Scholarship for Fine Art by the City of Graz (AT)
AIR Split (HR), Grant of the State Styria
Recommended for a fellowship of DZ BANK Art Collection
Chico Hot Springs Online Portfolio Review and Masterclass (selected)

State Scholarship for Photography by the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria

Aquisition Prize as part of the “Contemporary Visual Art Award Of The Province of Styria 2019", curated by Rada Iva Jankovic
MOTEL TROGIR Artist in Residence, organized by Loose Associations/ Slobodne veze
Research funding by "Grenzgänger", Robert Bosch Stiftung and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

Winner of the Erste Bank ExtraValue Recognition Art Award 
Winner of the Photo Award, SOS Brutalism, Architekturzentrum, Vienna 

Kardinal König Kunstfond Prize 2017 (shortlist)
Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur (nominated)
AIR Belgrade, Grant of the State Styria (AT)

Promotion Prize for Photography of the City of Graz for "Room Nr. 121-136"

Guest Studio, Vereinigung Bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs, Vienna (AT)

Scholarship, Emanuel und Sofie Fohn Foundation, Vienna, Austria for "Public Exercise"

Boesner Art Award (Shortlist) for "Annenstraße"

Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst, Kunstpreis 2010 (Shortlist)

Winner, Environmental Award of the Technical University, Braunschweig (DE)

Winner, Art Award Galerie Carnerie, Graz (AT)


Artothek des Bundes, Collection of the Federal Chancellery of Austria
Collection of the City of Vienna (AT)
Collection of the City of Graz (AT)
Collection Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (AT)
Collection of the State of Styria (AT)
October Salon, Cultural Centre Belgrade (SRB)

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

The artists are pleasent, as part of studio das weisse haus, Parallel Vienna
Art-O-Rama, Art Fair, Marseille (FR)
One Day You Will Miss Me (solo), Podroom Gallery, Belgrade (SRB)
Missing Link, MAK - Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna (AT)
Handle with Care, Steiermärkische Landesbibliothek, Graz (AT)
Eilfried Huth - Lebenslang Malen, Galerie Blazek, Graz (AT)
Open Studio Day as part of Foto Wien Festival, curated by Ângela Berline

What Will Be - Towards a Plurality of Futures, Kunsthaus Graz (AT)
Who We Are, Mobile Pavillon as part of Showing Styria, different locations (AT)
Hängungen #2, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna (AT)
Einsichten, Kunsthalle Graz (AT)
Raum Steiermark, Art Fair, Parallel Vienna (AT)
Fotohof Calling, projection of the selected works, Fotohof Salzburg (AT)
Open Studio Day, Vienna Art Week, Vienna (AT)
photograz 2020, Altes Kino, Leibnitz (AT)

Fotohof Calling, online presentation of selected works, Fotohof Salzburg (AT)
(I do not feel) free to do (what I want), rotor - center for contemporary art, Graz (AT)
My Dreamhouse is Daydreams, media channel-Architekturzentrum, Vienna (AT)
photograz selection III, Galerija Makina, Pula (HR)
photograz selection III, Galerija Zuccato, Poreč (HR)
photograz selection III, Gradska galerija Labin (HR)
My Dreamhouse is Daydreams, Leokino Innsbruck (AT)
Beschützt, Diözesanmuseum Graz (AT)
photograz selection III, Austrian Cultural Forum Istanbul (online)
photograz selection III, Centrum Wykładowo-Konferencyjne Politechniki Poznańskiej, Poznań (PL)

Award Exhibition “Contemporary Visual Art Award Of The Province of Styria 2019", Neue Galerie, Graz (AT)
Concrete Acts on Belgrade, (solo), Startgalerie, Wienmuseum MUSA, Vienna (AT)
(I Do Not Feel) Free to Do (What I Want), ARTbasement, Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv (UKR)
Mein Traumhaus sind Luftschlösser (solo), Forum Stadtpark, Graz (AT)
photo graz_selection, as part of European Capital of Culture Plovdiv (BGR)
Sternbildgrenzen - KünstlerInnenbücher von StipendiatInnen des Landes Steiermark, Landesbibliothek, Graz (AT)
PingPong - Photographic Dialogue, as part of FemalePhotographers Vienna, GB* 1010, Vienna (AT)
photo graz_selection, Funkhausgalerie, ORF Zentrum, Graz (AT)
Marchfeld - Hüben&Drüben, Museum Orth an der Donau (AT)

One Day You Will Miss Me, (solo), das weisse haus, as part of Erste Bank Recognition Art Award, Vienna (AT)
photo_graz 018, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz (AT)
Kunstasyl, charity auction, Semperdepot, Vienna (AT)
Austria Contemporary - selected works from the State Art Collection of Austria, EESC, Brussels (BEL)
One Day You Will Miss Me (solo), Goethe Institut Belgrade (SRB)
SOS Brutalism, Architekturzentrum Wien, Museumsquartier, Vienna (AT)
Wir sind Wien Festival, Kunsträume 23, Studio visit, Vienna (AT)
Es ist die Kunst - zu Leben, University for Music and Performing Arts, Graz (AT) 
One Day You Will Miss Me
(solo), Akademie Graz (AT) (in cooperation with Barbi Marković)
Blick auf Deutschlandsberg - Bauten und ihre Geschichte, Laßnitzhaus, Deutschlandsberg (AT)
Solidarity Matters, Charity Auction, MUMOK Hofstallungen, Vienna (AT)

Kardinal König Art Award Exhibition, St. Virgil, Salzburg (AT)
Group Exhibition Awardees 2016 of the Promotion Prizes of the City of Graz, Gotische Halle, Graz (AT)
Kunstraum Steiermark, Neue Galerie, Graz (AT)
renewal, celebration and extension of the vbkoe archive, Vereinigung Bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs, Vienna (AT)
Open Studio Day, Vienna Art Week, Vienna (AT)
Graz Architektur, Kunsthaus Graz (AT)
Wer bist du? Portraits aus 200 Jahren, Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz (AT)

Open Studio Day, Vienna Art Week, Vienna (AT)
Eine Minute der Möglichkeiten, as part of Eyes on - Month of Photography, Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs, Vienna (AT)
VIS Á VIS, Art Photography by Nora Bibel and Julia Gaisbacher, Bautzner 69, Dresden (DE)
Faculty exhibition Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Motorenhalle, Dresden (DE)
In Parallel 2016 / Initiative Sarajevo – Graz, ALU Gallery, Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina and Galerie Centrum Graz (AT)
Weisse ab-Haus-Verkaufs-Kunstschau #5, weisses haus, Vienna (AT)
Tauschausstellung, as part of the exhibition: Die Kunst der Frau. Freundinnen und Komplizinnen, VBKÖ, Vienna (AT)
Dresden Contemporary Art Rundgang (DE)

Have you seen our house?, Mo.e, Vienna (AT)
Weihnachtsschau, as part of the exhibition "Die Kunst der Frau. Freundinnen und Komplizinnen", Vereinigung Bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs, Vienna (AT)
ART mART, Künstlerhaus, Vienna (AT)
Wandeling, (solo), Schauraum HERR LEUTNER, Vienna (AT)
Handapparat der Neugierde, Galerie IG BILDENDE KUNST, Vienna (AT)
Charity Auction Sotheby´s, Semperdepot, Vienna (AT)

Wo ist eigentlich diese Maysedergasse?, Vienna Art Week, Vienna (AT)
Studio Visit with Alexandra Matzner, Vienna Art Week, Vienna (AT)
Zi 121−136, (solo), Photo Gallery - City Hall Graz (AT)
DNN Art Auction, Dresden (DE)
geradezu momentan, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden (DE)
Hast du von Bergen geträumt?, Czech Centre, Prague (CZ) and Berlin (DE)
Das Fest, the smallest gallery, Graz (AT)

Hast du von Bergen geträumt?, Kulturrathaus, Dresden (DE)
Schools of Art, Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester (UK)
Alena Drahokoupilová, Julia Gaisbacher, Robert Vanis, Galerie Mastul, Berlin (DE)

Boesner Art Award, Märkisches Museum Witten (DE)

Die Kommunikative Situation des Hin und Her mit einem Flugobjekt, Westwerk Hamburg (DE)

Young Manhood, temporary exhibition space, Antwerp (BEL)
Juxtaposition, Academy of Fine Arts, Sint Lukas, Brussels (BEL)
PhotoGraz_10, Stadtmuseum, Graz (AT)

¿Despues de Usted?, Galeria Instituto Francés de Valencia/Valencia (ESP) and Matador Kantine/Berlin (DE)
Ostrale, Ostragehege, Dresden (DE)

Arte A Full, Westwerk, Leipzig (DE)


The Wandering City. An Urban Exercise, seminar, Academy of Fine Arts Munich (DE), in collaboration with Prof. Dietmar Rübel
One Day You Will Miss Me, book presentation & artist talk, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (DE)

One Day You Will Miss Me, book presentation & artist talk, Gallery Spot (Office for Photography), Zagreb (HR)
One Day You Will Miss Me, book presentation & artist talk, Camera Austria, Graz (AT)
One Day You Will Miss Me, book presentation & artist talk, Goethe Institute, Belgrade (SRB)

My view with Julia Gaisbacher, guided tour throught the exhibition of Annette Kelm, Kunsthalle Vienna (AT)

Teacher at the Summer Academy for Visual Arts, Class for Photography, Dresden (DE)
Change of perspective, art education program with trainees, in cooperation with Wolfgang Brunner, MUSA Vienna (AT)

Lecture, Master Studies, Exhibition Design, FH Joanneum, Graz (AT)

VorOrt, work presentation, rotor - Center for contemporary art, Graz, Austria

Teaching, class of photography for pupils, 6-months, as part of White-Cube-Black-Box, initiated by Kunsthaus Dresden, Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art (DE)

2011 and 2012
Teaching as part of D-ART Workshop, Academy of FIne Arts, Dresden (DE)