Arno Gisinger


Arno Gisinger born in Dornbirn in 1964, has been living and working as a freelance photographer, curator, and university lecturer in Paris for 15 years. He studied photography at the École national supérieure de la photographie in Arles (France) and history and German at the University of Innsbruck. His educational paths and a growing interest in the interactions between photography and human sciences led him to develop artistic works on visual forms of representation of history and memory.

Since the 1990s, Arno Gisinger has been developing multidisciplinary projects that combine photography with historiography. Influenced by the German schools of thought of the interwar period and the methods of new historiography, he attempts a contemporary reinterpretation of history in his works using the example of selected places and non-places of memory. He creates new forms and figures by using documents in archives or contemporary witnesses in the sense of a living memory.

He had numerous book publications, catalogs and essays on art and visual history. Recent exhibitions: Returns, Center Pompidou, Paris 2022 ; History Matters / Constellation Benjamin, Art Collections of the Ruhr University Bochum 2021 ; HK present, Kunstmuseum Bochum 2020 ; Les Bruits du Temps I & II, Frac Alsace Sélestat / La Chambre (Strasbourg) 2019-2020 ; Say Shibbolet!, Jewish Museums Hohenems and Munich 2018-2019 ; Ghost Stories, Biennale for Contemporary Photography, Mannheim 2017; Faux Terrain / Viewer Images, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt 2017; Archéologies, Le Cellier, Reims 2016 ; Nouvelles histoires de fantômes (with Georges Didi-Huberman), Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2015; Invent arisiert, Center Pompidou, Paris 2014.