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Julia Gaisbacher is a visual artist who reflects on urbanism and housing. 
At the center of her working method are extensive research and long-term observations that focus on the urban landscape as a human living environment. The starting point is always photography.
Julia uses digital image files as raw material and experiments with printing processes, support materials, and, ultimately, installations. This allows her to combine two-dimensional images with three-dimensional objects.
Depending on the project theme, she uses materials that she comes across during the research relating to the theme, place, or time.
The final work manifests in the forms of prints, installations, artist books and films. 


Julia Gaisbacher lives and works in Vienna (AT).
She 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). 

In 2021, the photo-text book "One Day You Will Miss Me" was published by Camera Austria.
In 2023, Julia Gaisbacher's first photo book "My Dreamhouse is not a House" was published by Berlin-based publisher The Velvet Cell, which was nominated for four international photo book awards (PhotoEspaña, Les Recontres Photographiques d' Arles,  Germanys most beautiflul books, Encontros da Imagem, Braga). The book was also awarded the Bronze Medal of the German Photo Book Award 2023.

Download CV (March 2024)


Book Review My Dreamhouse is not a House photo-eye bookstore blog, by Britland Tracy


Master Student of Prof. Martin Honert, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (DE)

Exchange year, Sint Lukas-LUCA, School of Arts, Brussels (BEL)

Study of Sculpture/Three Dimensional Work, Academy of Fine Arts Dresden (DE) with Prof. Martin Honert

Non-degree study for Art Education, Pädagogischen Akademie Graz-Eggenberg (AT)

Study of Art History (M.A.) at Karl-Franzens-University Graz (AT)

Training for contemporary dance, directed by Mona May, Graz (AT)


Winner Bronze Medal, German Photobook Award
Finalist Critical Mass, Photolucida, USA
Winner of the con-tempus award as part of the Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts 2023
Les Recontres Photographiques d' Arles, Author Book Award (Shortlist)
PhotoESPAÑA, Best Photobook of the Year Award  (Shortlist)
Germany’s most beautiful Books (Shortlist)
EI Photobook Award, Encontros da Imagem, Braga (PT) (Shortlist)
AIR Split (HR), Grant of the Province of Styria (AT)
Kunstraum Steiermark, Grant of the Province of Styria (AT)

Research funding, Liebelt Stiftung Hamburg (DE)

Theodor-Körner-Fond-Award for Visual Arts
Scholarship for Fine Art by the City of Graz (AT)
AIR Split (HR), grant of the Province 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)

Leap Year, das weisse haus, Vienna (AT)
Ways of seeing, Arttelex, Antwerp (BEL)

Hanne Darboven & Julia Gaisbacher, Kunstraum München, Munich (DE)
German Photobook Award 2023, Städtische Galerie im Leeren Beutel, Regensburg (DE)
Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts, Neue Galerie, Graz (AT)
Floating Attention (solo), Galerie Marenzi, Leibnitz (AT)
Photobook Award EI 2023, Fotofestival Encontros da Imagem, Braga (PRT)
The 2023 Book Award, Monoprix, Arles (FR)
Best Photobook of the Year Exhibition, Fernán Gómez Cultural Center, Madrid (ESP)
Liminoid, das weisse haus, Vienna (AT)
One Day You Will Miss Me (solo), Galerija VN, Zagreb (HR)
What Remains!? (solo), Office for Photography, Zagreb (HR)

Let the Game Begin (solo), Akademie Graz (AT)
Missing Link, MAK - Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna (AT)
Kunstraum Steiermark, Neue Galerie, Graz (AT)
The World Today 10K+, Centre European, Venice Biennale, Venice (IT)
One Day You Will Miss Me, presentation at Panoramic Festival Granoles, Barcelona (ESP) from David Pujado
Fotohof Calling, Fotohof Salzburg (AT)
The artists are pleasent, studio das weisse haus, Parallel Vienna (AT)
Art-O-Rama, Art Fair, represented by and the editions, Marseille (FR)
One Day You Will Miss Me (solo), Podroom Gallery, Belgrade (SRB)
The World Today, Mad Arts space, Miami, Florida (USA)
Günther Domenig: Dimensional, MMKK Klagenfurt (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)


Screening + Talk, Hanne Darboven: Am Burgberg, Kunstraum München, Munich (DE)
Book presentation “My Dreamhouse is not a House”, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (AT)
Artist talk as part of Publish your Photography Book, by Mary Virginia Swanson & Darius Himes in collaboration with La Luz Workshops
Lecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Split (HR)
Artist Talk with Nataša Bodrozić, Galerija VN, Zagreb (HR)
Artist Talk as part of Kunstraum Steiermark, Neue Galerie, Graz (AT)

Lecturer, Inhabited Spaces. A Practical Aethetic,  Academy of Fine Arts Munich (DE), in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rübel
Lecturer, The Wandering City. An Urban Exercise, seminar,  teaching position,  Academy of Fine Arts Munich (DE), in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rübel
One Day You Will Miss Me, book presentation & artist talk, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (DE)
Artist Talk, Kunstfreundeskreis Graz meets Julia Gaisbacher, Akademie Graz (AT)

One Day You Will Miss Me, book presentation & artist talk, 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)