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Konstalmanacka 2008

Maria Meisenberger
Född: 1965 in Svalöv, Sweden. 
Lives and works in Stockholm.

Maria Miesenberger is perhaps best known for her series of 
manipulated photographs, Sverige/Schweden (1993-2000). 
The body of work Sverige/Schweden is derived from family 
snapshots from her childhood in Austria and Sweden. She 
rearticulates these images in soft focus and renders family 
members as blackened silhouettes. These forms serve as 
emotional Rorschach tests upon which we can project our 
own memories and dreams as well as our own notions of family 
and identity. Irene Berggren states that the Sverige/Schweden 
series "addresses the sense of being a stranger, neither at 
home or away from home, neither a child or a grownup. 
Everyday situations offer their own readings. The strength of 
this work is in its transferral of what is strange and distinct 
into something recognizable. A process that takes place in 
the beholder through the pictures that the artist has gleaned 
from the family album. Speaking of her artistic process, Maria 
Miesenberger makes the following statement : "I take on certain 
questions which I find important and interesting. Questions about 
being a child, about the role of a child in the family drama, about 
being formed as an individual, about liberation, about discovering 
and experiencing one s sexuality both as a child and as an adult. 
Then I enter my own self and search around in order to understand 
and to remember. A large part of my work with my art is about 
finding a language. A medium in which I can express myself and 
above all communicate. A medium which I haven t found in the 
spoken or written language."

1995-96 Student at MFA Sculpture Program, Parsons School 
of Design, New York, USA.
1994-95, Special Student, Painting Department, The University 
College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), Stockholm, Sweden.

Post Graduate Degree, Academy of Photography, The 
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), 
Stockholm, Sweden.

: Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden.
: Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden.
: Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden.
Skövde konsthall, Skövde, Sweden.

Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden.

: Tracing the Inside, Passagen, Linköping, Sweden.
Robert Mann Gallery, New York.
Anstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden.

Uncut, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden.
2001: Uncut, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden.

Maria Miesenberger, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden.

Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA.
Swedish Consulate in Los Angeles, USA
1999: Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (L.A. International 
Biennial Art Inviational 1999).

Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden.

Project Room, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden.

Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden
1998: Hasselblad Center at Konstmuseet, Gothenburg, Sweden.
It´s all in your head, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden.

1997: Silverstein Gallery, New York.

1996: The Meffan Museum & Art Gallery, Forfar, Scotland.
1995: Arbroath Library Gallery (Fotofeis 95), Arbroath, Scotland.

: Galleri Adlercreutz-Björkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

: Barnet i Samtidskonsten, Haninge Konsthall och Tyresö 
Konsthall, Sweden.

: Konstfeminism, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sollidens skulpturutställning, Öland, Sweden.
Umedalen Skulptur 2006, Umeå, Sweden .

2005: Contemporary Nordic Sculpture 1980-2005, The Wanås 
Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden.

Scandinavian Photography 1:Sweden, Faulconer Gallery, 
Davenport, USA
Manipulationer, Luna kulturhus, Södertälje, Sweden.
2004: Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga, Latvia.

Instabilt, Nya riktningar inom svensk fotografi, Kulturhuset, 
Stockholm, Sweden.

Memento, Bror Hjorths Hus, Uppsala, Sweden.

Tusenfryd, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Drammen, Norway.
History Now: The Presence of the Past in Contemporary 
Photography, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden. 
Travelling 2003-2004 to: Arbetets museum, Norrköping, Sweden; 
Passagen, Linköping, Sweden.
Dunkers kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden.
Sörlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristianstad, Norway.
Midlanda konsthall, Timrå, Sweden.
Konsthallen Rönneby, Rönneby, Sweden.
Thought flies - an art and science exhibition, Kulturhuset, 
Stockholm, Sweden.

2001: Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden.
396 Fotografiska förälskelser, Karin & Lars Halls samling, 
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

Repar på en slätt yta, Hasselblad Center at Konstmuseet, 
Gothenburg, Sweden
Attitude of Mind and Imagination, M.K. Ciurlions National Museum, 
Kaunas, Lithuania.

Swedish Contemporary Art Collection, M.K. Ciurlions National 
Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania.

As If You Mean What You Say, part of Nordic-Japanese 
Contemporary Art Symposium in Tokyo, Embassy of Sweden, 
Tokyo, Japan.

Hypnosis, Seven Swedish Stories, Art Moscow, Central House 
of Artists, Moscow, Russia
Material 10 år, Art Node, Minbyrån, Stockholm, Sweden.
New York State of Mind, Swedish Artists in New York, Embassy 
of Sweden Washington, USA.
2000: This Boy Could Be Me, Replica Theater & Art Center, 
Stockholm, Sweden
Together and Apart, Kleipeda Art Exhibition Hall and Baroti Gallery, 
Kleipeda, Lithuania.

Syndrome/Disappear: International Group Exhibition, IASPIS Galleriet, 
Stockholm, Sweden.

Family Tree, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA.

DAK ART 2000;ART Biennal 2000, Dakar, Senegal.

Open Studio, IASPIS ; International Artists, Studio Program in 
Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden.

1999: People in Motion, Replica Theater & Art Center in 
Stockholm, Sweden
The Conclusion of Paradox, Venetia Kepernekas Fina Art, 
New York, USA.

Privat Samling, from the collection of Karin and Lars Hall, 
BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden.

Nordiskt Foto, from the collection of Hasselblad Center, 
Skövde Konsthall, Sweden.

#13, a Blind Spot Exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA.

Som om man menar vad man säger, Enkehuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

Malmö Museum at Wanås 1999, The Wanås Foundation, Sweden.

As If You Mean What You Say, Centre Culturel Suedois, Paris, France.

Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury, Gdansk, Poland.

Strange Days, Caren Golden Gallery, New York, USA.
Bokslut, Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden.

Works from the Collection, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.

1997: The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair Miami, 
The Raleigh Hotel, Miami, USA.

Eloge de l´ombre, Espace Electra, Paris, France.
Project Space, Silverstein Gallery, New York.

SmArt Show Goes to Sea, International Contemporary Art Fair 
Stockholm -Helsinki, with Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, 
Sweden and Finland.

The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair, with 
Silverstein Gallery, New York.

Chicago Art Fair, with Silverstein Gallery, Chicago, USA.

Autoshow Kassel & Stockholm, Index Magazine, Germany 
and Stockholm.

1996: The Great Collections, Moderna Museet in Stockholm 
at Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle de Bundesrepublic Deutschland, 
Bonn, Germany.

Galleri Index, Stockholm, Sweden.

Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Västerås, Sweden.

Art Exchange Fair, with Silverstein Gallery, New York.

ID, Silverstein Gallery, New York.

ExpoArte -96, with Silverstein Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.

All Saints and Index Edition, Galleri Index, Stockholm, Sweden.

Mois de la Photo, Centre Culturel Suedois, Paris, France.

På: Tiden/On: Time, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
SAS Lounge, Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden.
Christmas Edition, Gallery Index, Stockholm, Sweden.
Prospect- Contemporary Swedish Photography, Touring Exhibition; 
Konstmuseum Västerås, Sweden.
Örebro Konsthall, Sweden.
Gävle Läns Museum, Sweden.
Fotomässan, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Stockholm SmArt Show, Galleri Adlercreutz-Björkholmen, 
Stockholm, Sweden.

Antonsson/ von Hauswolff/ Miesenberger, Galleri Magnus 
Karlsson, Västerås, Sweden.
An Opening, Skövde Konsthall, Sweden.

From Scandinavia/ dalla Scandinavia, La Mente e l´Immagine, 
Galleria di arte fotografica, Rome, Italy
Stranger Than Paradise; Contemporary Scandinavian Photography, 
Touring exhibition, Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Identity and Illusion, Thomas Nordanstad Gallery, New York.

Truth or Dare, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Heaven´s Embroidered Cloths,Bradford National Museum of 
Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, England.

Fabrique d´Histoire, Saaremaa Biennaalo 95, Kuressaare, Estonia.

Fotofeis 95, International Festival of Photography in Scotland, 
Edinburgh, Scotland.

Copyright Island, GRATIS, Portugalete, Spain.

Foto Biennale Enschede 95, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, 
Enschede, Netherlands .

1994: Stockholm SmArt Show, Galleri Adlercreutz-Björkholmen, 
Stockholm, Sweden.

The Abject, Northern Photography Treinnal, Oulo, Finland.

Nord Photo Art, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland.

Photodiffusione, Turin, Italy.

Occupying Territories, ZONE Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

De utsatta, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Stranger Than Paradise,: Contemporary Scandinavian Photography, 
Touring Exhibition, The International Center of Photography, ICP 
Midtown, New York, USA.

Photomuseum Winterhur, Winterhur, Switzerland.

Not a Garden Party, Forum Gallery, Malmö, Sweden.
4th Biennal Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Prospect, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Prelude, Galleri Adlercreutz-Björkholmen, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Rejected, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

Work in Progress, University of Industrial Design and Art, 
Helsinki, Finland.

Bastard, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Contemporary Nordic Photography, The House, 
Copenhagen, Denmark

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden .
Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden .
Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden .
Sundsvalls Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden .
The Photographic Museum at the Museum of Modern Art, 
Stockholm, Sweden .
The National Public Art Council of Sweden .
The Art Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 
Former Yugoslavia .
Henry Buhl Collection, USA .
Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden .
Skövde Konstmuseum, Skövde, Sweden .
Göteborgs Kulturnämnd, Gothenburg, Sweden .
Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden .
Jönköpings Läns Museum, Jönköping, Sweden .
Kultur Gävleborg, Gävle, Sweden .
M.K. Ciurlions National Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania .
Kulturförvaltningen, Stockholms Konstråd, Stockholm, Sweden .
Linköpings kommun, Linköping, Sweden.

2005: Artist of the Year, Märta Måås-Fjetterström.

2002: Ljunggrenska Konstnärspriset, Stockholm, Sweden.

: IASPIS Artist-in-Residence, Stockholm, Sweden.
The Swedish Art Council, Sweden.
1996: The American Scandinavian Society Cultural 
Award, New York, USA.

The Swedish Art Council, Sweden.
The Sweden-American Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden.

2002: Maria Miesenberger Uncut, text by Irene Berggren, 
photohistorian. Lunds Konsthall and Galleri Lars Bohman, Sweden 2002.
Divan - Tidskrift för psykoanalys och kultur, nr. 1-2/2001, 
Bengt Warren, Stockholm, Sweden 2001.

Effektiv visuell kommunikation, text by Bo Bergström. 
Carlssons Bokförlag, Stockholm 2001. 

Sveriges Konst 1900-talet, Del 3.
1970-2000, text by Mårten 
Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, Stockholm 2001.

Attitude of Mind and Immagination, text by Andrzej Ekwinski. 
M.K. Ciurlions National Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania 2001.
Hypnosis - Seven Swedish Stories, text by John Peter nilsson, 
Lars O Ericsson and others. Art Moscow, Central House of Artists, 
Moscow, Russia 2001.

Konsten att ha perspektiv - Malmö Musei Vänner 75 år, 
Malmö Konstmuseum 2000.

The Buhl Collection Calendar 2000, The Henry Buhl Foundation 
Collection, New York 2000.
Syndrome/Disappear, text by Mats Stjernstedt. IASPIS, 
Stockholm 2000.
Bäckström, Eriksson, Haning, Miesenberger, Åstrand - 
DAK ART 2000, text by David Elliott, Lars O Ericsson and 
Biennale des Arts dakar, Senegal 2000.

Anita Christoffersson - Autobiographical Confessions. On Tracy 
Emin, Louise Bourgeois and Maria Miesenberger. Goldsmith 
Collage, London 2000.

Svensk Konst:ut ur det tomma rummet, text by Sören Engblom. 
Svenska Institutet, Stockholm 1999.
Effektiv visuell kommunikation, text by Bo Bergström. 
Carlssons Bokförlag, Stockholm.

Skuggpojkarna, Lars Norén. Dramaten/Riksteatern 
programkatalog 1999.

As If You Mean What I Say/Som om man menar vad man säger, 
text by carina Törnblom, Georg Stone, Andreas Gedin and others. 

Stockholm 1999.

Malmö Museum at Wanås 1999, text by Gertrud Sandqvist and 
others. The Wanås Foundation.
Blind Spot - Issue Thirteen. Maria Miesenberger. New York 1999.
Works, text by Lars O. Ericsson, Eva Hallin, Jan-Erik 
Lundström, Maria Miesenberger and Hasse Persson.
Galleri Lars Bohman/Hasselblad Center, Stockholm, Sweden 1998.

Eloge de l´ombre, Espace Electra, Paris, France 1997.
På:Tiden, Moderna museet, text by Jan-Erik Lundström, 
Sören Engblom and Sina Najafi.
Stockholm, Sweden 1996.
The Great Collections, Moderna museet in Stockholm at 
Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle de Bundesrepublic Deutschland. 
Bonn, Germany 1996.
1995: Obsession, Foto Biennale Enschede ´95, Rijksmuseum 
Twenthe, text by bas Vroege. Enschede, Netherlands 1995.
Fotofeis ´95, International Festival of Photography in Scotland, 
text by Alasdair Foster. Edinburgh, Scotland 1995.

Fabrique d´Histoire, Saaremaa Biennal ´95, text by Peeter 
Linnap, Jan-Erik Lundström and John Strathatos.
Estonia 1995.

En Öppning, Konsthallen i Skövde, text by Gertrude Sandqvist. 
Skövde, Sweden 1995.
From Scandinavia/Dalla Scandinavia, La Mente e l´immagine, 
Galleria di arte fotografica, text by Giovanna Catania. Rome, 
Italy 1995.
Konstfack 150 år - Jubileumsbok, (Akademin för fotografi), text 
by Hans Hedberg.
Stockholm, Sweden 1995.
Copyright Island, GRATIS. Portugalete, Spain 1995.
Stranger Than Paradise - Contemporary Scandinavian
Photography, The International Center of Photgraphy, ICP - 
Midtown, text by Steven Henry Madoff and Jan-Erik Lundström. 
New York, USA 1994.

De utsatta, Hasselblad Center, text by Jan-Erik Lundström 
and Maria Lind.
Gothenburg, Sweden 1994.
Contemporary Living - Violence, International Photgraphic Triennal, 
text by Jan-Erik Lundström and Maria Lind among others. Oulo, 
Finland 1994.
Nord Foto Art, Center for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle, 
text by Marek Grygiel and others. Warsaw, Poland 1994.
Occupying Territories, ZONE Gallery, text by Kate Tregaskis and 
Mark Little. Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1994.



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