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Born in 1956 in Kötschach-Mauthen, Carinthia, Austria.

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.



Josef Dabernig is known for his exploration of social systems, post-wall Eastern European, brutalist architecture, conceptual austerity, and dry humor. Josef Dabernig’s practice comprises film, photography, texts, objects and space-related concepts. The artist’s take on thoroughly planned plots in his films often leads to moments of absurdity, which derive from the specific locales and the situations his laymen actors are involved in.


Dabernig’s films often refer to an immediate  Socialist past, where moments of modernity prevail, yet in a seemingly Fordist manner. Loneliness and fatigue are recurrent motifs, which heighten the viewer’s awareness for detail and the contours of the architectural settings.


2017: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany 2016: Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland 2015: Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam; 2014: Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna; Rock the Void, Mumok - museum moderner kunst, stiftung ludwig wien, Vienna. His work has been featured in Manifesta biennial (St Petersburg, 2014, and Ljubljana,  2000);  2012:  Gwangju  Biennale;  2001  and 2003: Venice Biennale.


Stabat Mater, 2016, 35 mm, black and white, 16'

Hypercrisis, 2011, 35mm, colour, 17’

Timau, 1998, 16mm, Black and white, 20’

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