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GISINGER, Arno

Arno GisingerBorn in 1964 in Austria.

Lives and works in Paris.


Arno Gisinger has developed a pluridisciplinary approach to his art over the last fifteen years, linking photography and historiography. After studies in History and German Philology at Innsbruck, he completed postgraduate work at ENSP in 1994. These joint studies led him to work on the links between memory, history, and photographic representations.

Inspired by German thought of the inter-war period and the methods of New History, his works challenge us to a contemporary re-reading of grounded and groundless memory. His work tests visual representations of the past through their different forms of transmission: witnesses, objects, and places. The function of archives, the status of documents, the words of witnesses are central to his concerns. Gisinger was artist-in-residence in London in 1995-1996, in Paris in 2004, and in Vietnam in 2007.

He teaches at the University of Paris 8, and at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art, Lorraine. Among his several publications are Konstellation Benjamin, Imagines Wars and Unsichtbare Stadt. He exhibits regularly and is currently preparing a retrospective for 2012-2013 with four exhibition venues in Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland.


Arno Gisinger presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012, with Monique Deregibus: Everything seems to have been said at the Grande Halle; with Anthony Haughey in 2009: Outrageous Reality at the Galerie Arena and in 2005, taking part in the collective exhibition One time or another for the 20 years of the ENSP at the abbaye de Montmajour.