Sophie Thun (*1985) works primarily with techniques of analogue photography, its spaces, processes as well as conditions of production and exhibition.
Raised in Warsaw, Thun completed her master’s degree at the Academies of Fine Art in Vienna (2017, Martin Guttmann and Daniel Richter) and Cracow (2010).
Recent solo and two person exhibitions include: 2022 ‘Merge Layers‘, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna; 2021 ‘SHIFTS (RAL5014)‘, Rosa Stern Space, Munich, ‘Förderstipendium’ with Sara Cwynar as part of the DZ Bank Work Grant, Art Foyer, Frankfurt, ‘I don’t Remember a Thing. Entering the Elusive Estate of ZDZ*‘ Sophie Thun and the archive of Zenta Dzividzinksa, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga; 2020 ‘Stolberggasse‘, Secession, Vienna, ‘Room Tour‘ with Karolina Jablońska, Galeria Raster, Warsaw, ‘double pose, reflecting self -reflecting pose, double self‘ with Birgit Jürgenssen at Fotograf Festival #10, Uneven Ground, Prague, ‘Extension‘, C/O Berlin; 2019 ‘Interiors of Photography’, with Mladen Bizumic, Camera Austria, Graz, ‘Extended Double Release’ , Galerie 52, Universität der Künste Folkwang, Essen, ‘After Hours‘, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna; 2018 ‘Lightbox‘ at Kunstraum, Munich, ‘Les Rencontres d’Arles’, Arles, ‘Double Release‘, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna.
Selected group shows include: 2021 ‘Homesick‘, Shivers Only, Paris, ‘Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller: POLYPHONY Songs of Experience’ Museo MACRO, Rome, ‘After the Revolution‘, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna; 2020 ‘Elisabeth Wild’, curated by Adam Szymczyk, Karma International, Zurich, ‘Monster/Beauty: An Exploration of the Female/Femme Gaze’, curated by Marcelle Joseph, Lychee One, London, Borderlinking, High Art, Paris, ‘Murderkino’, curated by Brigitte Huck, Galerie Charim, Vienna; 2019 ‘DAGUERRE’S SOUP. Christian Kosmas Mayer x FOTOGRAFIS’ Kunstforum Wien.
Thun was awarded the work grant from DZ Bank for 2019/2020 and the outstanding artist award from the Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture from the Republic of Austria.
Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions Kunstverein Hildesheim, as well as the publication of Thun’s first monograph. Published by DISTANZ it includes contributions by Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate, London; Lisa Long, curator at Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf and Berlin; and an interview by Charlotte Cotton, independent curator and writer. The monograph is part of Phileas series of annual publications intended to introduce the work of the most promising emerging Austrian and Austria-based artists.
Publications: Sophie Thun, Secession, Revolver Verlag, 2020; ‘WHITE FLAG’ with Hannah Putz, PAMPAM publishing 2019.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, of the Landesmuseum Oberösterreich, Linz, Lentos, Linz, of the SMART Museum, Chicago, of the DZ Bank art collection, Frankfurt and of the Verbund Collection, Vienna.
PRESS / TEXTS
‘I Don't Feel Guilt’: Sophie Thun and Julian Irlinger on the Photographic Archive
Sophie Thun in Conversation with Daniel Spoerri
Blicke aufs Ich
Nicole Büsing & Heiko Klaas
Fotoräume ausgestellt im Fotoraum: Mladen Bizumic und Sophie Thun
The Body and the Image
Sophie Thun – Zwischen Galerie und Dunkelkammer