Verena Andrea Prenner is a sociologist and photographer born and raised in Austria.
She finished her Masters in Sociology with a thesis titled “Heaven on Earth – Sex Workers in the field of tension between social stigma and necessary service”. It comprised a scientific research and a staged, artistic photography series with sex workers in brothels in the Viennese red light district.
The last years she mainly spent in the Middle East, living in a refugee camp. There she was implementing artistic photography projects as well as sociological researches and photographed Muslim weddings along with a Palestinian photographer. She also wrote a weekly column, “Notes from the Middle East” for the Austrian newspaper "Oberösterreichische Nachrichten" - articles about society, culture, art and life in a conflict region.
For her artistic work she undertakes long-lasting sociological field researches and deals with different fringe groups, as edges are known to define the middle.
For the photographs she works with non-professionals volunteers or casual passers-by to express individual reflections or views of societies in the form of stage settings.
Currently she is working and living in Austria and the Republic of Congo.
Europe Now - galeriekrems, Krems / Donau, Austria I Murs et Frontières - L' Ancien Musée de Peinture, Grenoble, France I Somewhere in the world - Lower Austrian - African Encounters - Forum Frohner, Krems / Donau, Austria I Heterotopia - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria I Eating pineapples on the moon - Month of Photography Riga, Estonia I Blind Snake - Month of Photography Belgrade, Serbia I Camping / Aa Collection - ART VIENNA, International Art Fair, Hofburg, Vienna, Austria I Bodies and Inhabitants - Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria I Europe Now - DNI AUSTRII, Gdansk, Poland I Contained - OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Georg Town, Malaysia I I need space - Aa Collection, Vienna, Austria I Reclaiming our Cultural Future - Wolverhampton Archive Centre, UK I Reclaiming our Cultural Future - Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, UK I 365 - Dessous, Vienna, Austria I It is behind our borders - Vitrine, Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria I Zeitgeist - Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales I Europe Now - NORDART 2017, Büddlesdorf, Germany I Zeitgeist - Diffusion Photo Festival, Cardiff, Wales I Reclaiming our Cultural Landscapes - Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, UK I Reclaiming our Cultural Landscapes - Wolverhampton Art Gallery, WH, UK I
Mass Tourism - Galerija Decumanus, Krk, Croatia I Iconic Noise - MASC Foundation, Vienna, Austria I The measure of all things: Rethinking humanism through Art. - University of Buffalo, New York, USA I Happiness, a place under the sun - Encontros da Imagem Photo Festival, Braga, Portugal I Habitus - Ein Areal Gallery, Wuppertal, Germany I Contained - Chennai Photobiennale, Chennai, India I Contained - Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi, India I Dump your Superhereos - Medienkulturhaus, Wels, Austria I Anthropomorph - Бартcелона Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia I Travelers - Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece I The hairy woman - Grand Petit Galerie, Linz, Austria
Various projects, workstays and exhibitions were kindly founded by:
The Austrian Federal Chancellery I The Austrian Cultural Forum in Paris, France I The Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade, Serbia I The Government of Lower Austria I The Government of Upper Austria I The City of Linz as well as by private collectors. Thank you.