Heidrun Holzfeind

Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker

Austrian born artist and documentary filmmaker Heidrun Holzfeind studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at Cooper Union in New York. After 15 years in New York City she moved back to Vienna and currently lives in Sweden where she teaches photography at the Umeå Art Academy. Her work has been shown at numerous international art institutions and film festivals. She was awarded the 2011 Camera Austria prize for contemporary photography for her important contribution to the continuity and rephrasing of questions pertaining to the documentary and to the role of photography as situated amongst social and political practice as well as art.


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. and her exhibition “From Without and from Within (The Auroville project)” with Christoph Draeger at Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, she will discuss notions of location and the documentary framing of a place or situation, as well as working with found footage and archive materials.

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