Bio

Sophie Thun (*1985, lives and works in Vienna) 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).

Thun is currently interim professor of the photography class at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Recent solo and two person exhibitions include: Leaking Times, Cukrarna, Ljubljana (2023); Working Title, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Trails and Tributes, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Merge Layers, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna (2022); 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 (2021); Stolberggasse, Secession, Vienna, Room Tour with Karolina Jablońska, Galeria Raster, Warsaw, Extension, C/O Berlin (2020); Interiors of Photography with Mladen Bizumic, Camera Austria, Graz, Extended Double Release, Galerie 52, Universität der Künste Folkwang, Essen, After Hours, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna (2019); Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, Double Release, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna (2018).

Selected group shows include: Back Stages, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, I See No Difference Between a Handshake and a Poem, Mendes Wood DM, Paris, Taking Notes, curated by Theresa Roessler, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna,  (INTIMITÄT) Feelings are Facts, Kunstverein Eisenstadt (2023); Something is Burning, curated by Julius Pristauz, Kunsthalle Bratislava (2022); Homesick, Shivers Only, Paris, Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller: POLYPHONY Songs of Experience, Museo MACRO, Rome (2021); 2020 Elisabeth Wild, curated by Adam Szymczyk, Karma International, Zurich (2021); DAGUERRE’S SOUP. Christian Kosmas Mayer x FOTOGRAFIS, Kunstforum Wien (2019).

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.

Publications: Sophie Thun. Trails and Tributes, with contributions by Christin Müller, Torsten Scheid, Alise Tifentale, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2023; Sophie Thun. First Monographs, with contributions by Lucy Gallun, Catherine Wood, Lisa Long and an interview with Charlotte Cotton, DISTANZ Verlag, 2022; Sophie Thun, Secession, Revolver Verlag, 2020; WHITE FLAG with Hannah Putz, PAMPAM publishing 2019.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, of Kunsthaus Bregenz, of Landesmuseum Oberösterreich, Linz, of Lentos, Linz, of SMART Museum, Chicago, of DZ Bank art collection, Frankfurt and of Verbund Collection, Vienna.

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