Verena Kaspar-Eisert

Short Bio

Verena Kaspar-Eisert has been chief curator of the MuseumsQuartier Wien since October 2022. Previously, she was curator at KUNST HAUS WIEN from 2014-2022 and curator of the FOTO WIEN photo festival from 2019-2022. She specialises in contemporary photography and art that deals with ecological issues. At KUNST HAUS WIEN she curated international group exhibitions such as "Visions of Nature", "ÜberLeben am Land", "Nach uns die Sintflut" or "Wenn der Wind weht" (When the wind blows), in which ecological themes and the relationship between man and nature in the age of the Anthropocene were addressed through photographic works. She has developed large solo presentations with artists and photographers such as Rinko Kawauchi, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Elina Brotherus and Susan Meiselas. She has also realised exhibition projects on the theme of ecology with visual artists such as Guido van der Verve, Iris Andraschek, Oliver Ressler and Ines Doujak. Verena Kaspar-Eisert is an expert in international portfolio reviews, publishes texts, conducts workshops and is a member of various juries.
Instagram: @verena_kaspar_eisert

Curatorial Statement


'My selection from the online database of the German Photographic Academy follows reflections on the theme "The Self and the City". In the selected photographs, I see visual prompts, suggestions, and potentials unfolding in the duality of existence and appearance of the self and the city as a stage of condensed difference.

The protests of women in Iran, and subsequently around the world, sparked by the death of Masha Amini in September 2022 - she died in custody of the Iranian morality police - inspired me to this theme.'

Portrait of Verena Kaspar-Eisert: © Stephanie Freynschlag

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curator's choice

© Johanna Jackie Baier | Die Mädchen der Royal-Bar (2003 - 2019)

© Fatih Kurçeren | Pithead (2006 - heute)

© Wolfgang Zurborn | Playtime (2015 - 2019)

© Gudrun Kemsa | Manhattan (2016 - 2018)

© Tania Reinicke | ON.ARCHITECTURE (2012 - 2019)

© Joachim Hildebrand | Mass Storage (2008)

© Loredana Nemes | beyond (2008 - 2010)

© Wolfgang Müller | Karat. Himmel über St.Petersburg (2000 - 2001)

© Jürgen Scriba | Situ Art (2007 - 2013)

© Claudio Hils | Neuland (1989-1999)

© Sabine Schründer | Pavilion (2015 - 2017)

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