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Sophie Thun

Contact and Scale
5–17 August 2024

Sophie Thun, Folkwang
Sophie Thun, installation view, Galerie 52, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, Documentation: Nils Limberg

[Slider on top] Sophie Thun, Some of All the Things in my Apartment Smaller than 8x10 inches (Extendend Care), 2021, credit:

Photography, darkroom, texts

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (German possible)

What to bring
Camera, physical photos or object material, laptop/tablet, notebook

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
670 Euro (reduced 495 Euro)

The course Contact and Scale combines different photographic techniques, ranging from the use of large format cameras (8 x 10 inches) to simple photograms. The focus is on the perspective of the scale, the angle of view and the transfer of the subject within a new space. Here displacement and scale play important roles, allowing artists to transfer their analysis of reality into a different space (darkroom or presentation room) – and thus into a different reality. When thinking about the composition, to decide on closeness and distance, the photographer or image-maker already sets initial accents. The situation in which photographs are taken and developed have an influence, both spatial and performative, on the artistic process. What is the relation between a photograph taken with a large-format camera and a photogram? How do plane surfaces and three-dimensionality meet, and what happens in between?

Sophie Thun likes to work in groups, introducing students to new techniques and allowing room for experimental factors. We will read and discuss texts, and watch films.


Sophie Thun (*1985) lives and works in Vienna. She works primarily with techniques of analogue photography, its spaces and processes, as well as conditions of production and exhibition. She grew up in Warsaw and studied for her Master's degree in the Fine Arts Academies in Vienna (2017, with Martin Guttmann and Daniel Richter) and in Kraków (2010). She is currently interim professor of Photography at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art.

Selected Solo and Duo Exhibitions
2024 (upcoming) Ulay und Sophie Thun, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Wien; Co Robisz w Łóżku, Gdańska Galeria Miejska; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. 2023 Back Stages, with Aurora Kiraly, ARAC, Bukarest (RO). Leaking Times, Cukrarna, Ljubljana. 2022 Working Title, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon. Trails and Tributes, Kunstverein Hildesheim (DE). Merge Layers, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna. 2021 I Don’t Remember a Thing: Entering the Elusive Estate of ZDZ, Sophie Thun and the Archiv of Zenta Dzividzinska, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga. SHIFTS (RAL 5014), Rosa Stern Space, Munich (DE). Förderstipendium, with Sara Cwynar, as part of the Kunststiftung DZ Bank Förderstipendium, Art Foyer, Frankfurt (DE). Thun vs Wałaszek, Sophie Thun and Krzysztof Wałaszek, ul. Ruska 146 C/105, Atelier der Gruppe LUXUS, Wrocław (PL). 2020 Stolberggasse, Secession, Vienna. Extension, C/O Berlin, Berlin. double pose, reflecting self – reflecting pose, double self: Birgit Jürgenssen und Sophie Thun, Photography Festival #10, Prag. Sophie Thun, Kunstfenster Gnas, Gnas (AT). Room Tour: Karolina Jabłońska & Sophie Thun, Galeria Raster, Warschau. Condo London: SOPHIE TAPPEINER: Angelika Loderer & Sophie Thun, The Sunday Painter, London. 2019 Extended Double Release, Galerie 52, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (DE). Interiors of Photography, Mladen Bizumic, Sophie Thun, Camera Austria, Graz (AT). After Hours, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna. WHITE FLAG, with Hanna Putz, Foto Wien Zentrale, Vienna.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2024 20 Jahre SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Albertina, Vienna. The Egg and I. Great Expectations, eversince, Düsseldorf. 2023 I See No Difference Between a Handshake and a Poem, Mendes Wood, Paris. No Time to Have You Lurking, Bistro 21, Leipzig (DE). LCB-Editionen, 1968-89 – eine Re-Lektüre, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Taking Notes, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna. Happy Mind – My Pose, MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo. Nay, Her Foot Speaks, Cooke Latham Gallery, London. I constantly wonder what time it is where you are, Sector 1 Gallery, Bukarest. (INTIMITÄT) Feelings are Facts, Kunstverein Eisenstadt (AT). 2022 I am only the housekeeper, but I don’t know..., Plečnik House, Ljubljana. Something is Burning, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Bratislava. 2021 Smart to the Core: Medium / Image, SMART Museum, Chicago, IL (US). Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller: Songs of Experience, Museo MACRO, Rome. HOMESICK, Shivers Only, Paris. 2020 Elisabeth Wild, Karma International, Zurich (CH). Monster/Beauty: An Exploration of the Female/Femme Gaze, Lychee One Gallery, London. Murderkino, Galerie Charim, Vienna. Now. Collected #9/#10, Kunstforum Wien, Tresor, Vienna. Borderlinking, High Art, Paris. 2019 Kopierte Landschaft, Bibliothek der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna. Für die Vögel, Landesklinikum Hollabrunn (AT). Body in Progress, Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin, Berlin. Augmented Personality, Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna. 2018 Art Berlin, SALON, Berlin. Choreography of the Frame, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna. Portrait 21, Westlicht, Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna.

2023 Trails and Tributes, contributions by Alise Tifentale, Christin Müller, Torsten Scheid, eds. Kunstverein Hildesheim, Verlag für Moderne Kunst
2022 Sophie Thun, First Monographs, contributions by Catherine Wood, Lisa Long, Lucy Gallun, Charlotte Cotton, eds. Phileas, DISTANZ Verlag
2020 Sophie Thun, contribution by Daniel Spoerri, eds. Secession, Revolver Publishing
2019 WHITE FLAG, with Hanna Putz, contribution by Luca Lo Pinto, publication, PAMPAM Publishing
Sophie Thun,
Foto: Yosuke Demukai