Mario Kiesenhofer works with photography, video and installation. He addresses the shift of gay cruising from outdoor locations to indoor sex clubs into virtual spaces and onto islands. By layering his photographs with display materials such as tinted or etched glass, the artist creates spheres of maximum intimacy, reflecting how queer men build, protect and control safe spaces.

Mario Kiesenhofer lives and works in Vienna and is represented by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in New York. Kiesenhofer studied Photography and Video Art under the guidance of Matthias Herrmann and Dorit Margreiter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His works have been shown in London (Austrian Cultural Forum), Tokyo (A- Gallery), Poland (BWA Gallery, Tarnów) and at the Vienna Museum (among others). He is a co-founder of STREULICHT – a publication series on photography & related arts. The Austrian Federal Government granted him a 3-months scholarship for Artistic Photography in New York City in 2018 (as part of the International Studio & Curatorial Program) and a 6-months scholarship for Artistic Photography in 2015. He was a finalist for the Wolf Suschitzky Photography Price in 2018 and received a special mention. In 2020 Kiesenhofer was awarded a special mention by the expert jury at the Portfolio Review at Fotomuseum Winterthur.




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Die Presse Schaufenster, December 13th 2018
Bilder, die bleiben

The Kinsky – May 6th, 2017
Different photographic display materials. An interview with Mario Kiesenhofer

Take Festival – April 20th, 2017
Provokant ist es heute etwas vorzuenthalten

The Gap – December 13th, 2016
Die 20 interessantesten FotografInnen Österreichs

Take Festival – April 18th, 2016
Ich will den Raum mit meiner Kamera nicht entblößen, sondern hinterfragen



Studio View

Studio View
Shifting Queer Topographies
as part of Foto Wien
April 2019, Vienna

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