Anaïs Horn, born in Graz (AT), lives and works in Paris (FR). With a background in literature and communication design she graduated from Friedl Kubelka School for Fine Art Photography, Vienna in 2015. She has been awarded several scholarships and residencies, e.g. at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2017–2018 and 2021) or the ISCP New York City (2020, 2022).
In her artistic practice she creates intimate, often site-specific settings in which highly personal narratives—may they be autobiographical, explore female coming-of-age and rites of passage or reflect on the biographies of historical (female) figures—evolve into general reflections on contemporary life and how personal memories and (her)story/stories reverberate in objects and spaces.
Taking photography as a starting point, her practice intertwines moving images and sound, text, drawing and painting with the aim of being poetic and precise at the same time. Her images take shape by exploring surfaces and objects, and they frequently unfold into spatial installations and artist‘s books.
Next to personal narratives she is introducing elements of illusion and mystery, trying to situate her work in a space of the in-between that touches upon Jean Baudrillard’s radical thinking, that draws its power—similar to the real image that makes us aware of this "trembling of the world”—from the rejection of reality. Instead of creating transparency, the secret is reintroduced: Making mysterious what is clear, incomprehensible what is comprehensible, returning the world as we got it, incomprehensible.
The artist‘s book is an important medium for her work. Je suis malheureuse et heureuse was shortlisted for the Photo-Text Book Award at the photo festival Les rencontres d’Arles 2021 and in the official selection of the Oslo Fotobokfestival.
Anaïs Horn: Longing Ghosts in Deep Blue Paranoia, Drama Books, Paris, 2022.
With texts by Estelle Hoy and Francesca Lazzarini & Giulio Polita, Designed and co-edited by Boah Kim.
Anaïs Horn: Die Hand voller Stunden, so kamst du zu mir, Edition Camera Austria, Graz, 2021.
Texts by Attilia Fattori Franchini and Wendy Vogel.
Eilert Asmervik, Anaïs Horn: How do you feel about „Lou“?, Meta/Books, Amsterdam, 2020. 2nd edition, 2021.
Texts by Delphine Bedel, Anna Gien, Laura Schawelka, Andy Schumacher a.o.
Anaïs Horn: Fading, Ed. by Katharina Manojlovic, DCV, Berlin 2021.
Texts by Katharina Manojlovic and Anna Gien.
Anaïs Horn: Je suis malheureuse et heureuse, Meta/Books, Amsterdam, 2020.
Texts by Maren Lübbke Tidow, Jackie Wang, Verena Walzl. Original manuscripts by Anaïs Nin. Designed by Alexander Nussbaumer, Fondazione Europa.
Looking forward, group show, organized by Samuel Bich and Florian Mayr, The Grand Chelsea, NYC (US)
Afterglow, group show, curated by Anaïs Horn, Felix Kindermann and Eilert Asmervik, The Grand Chelsea, NYC (US)
Day (After) Pill and selected video works at Printed Matter, NYC (US)
Fall Open Studios, ISCP, NYC (US)
Paris Photo, solo presentation with MLZ
Art Dep, Curiosa section, curated by Holly Roussel, Grand Palais Ephemere, Paris (FR)
Unstable Intensities, Katharina Copony, Anaïs Horn, curated by Francesca Lazzarini, MLZ Art Dept, Trieste
Blooming Simulacra, Birke Gorm, Anaïs Horn, kunstGarten, Graz
Paris Photo 2022, Curiosa section, curated by Holly Roussel, Grand Palais, Paris
The sun had not yet risen, solo show, Styrian National Culture Award, Dom im Berg, Graz
INTIMACY/PRIVACY, curated by Clara Wildberger, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Die Hand voller Stunden so kamst du zu mir, solo show, curated by Reinhard Braun, Camera Austria, Graz
Parallel Vienna, Stipendiatinnen Steiermark, curated by Veronika Hauer, Vienna
How do you feel about “Lou”?, with Eilert Asmervik, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna
Show-Off, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Kunstraum Steiermark, curated by Günther Holler-Schuste, Neue Galerie, Graz
IN-BETWEEN, solo show, curated by Boris Kostadinov, FLUCA Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv
TRIPTYQUE PARISIEN, solo show, Cité Internationale des Arts, Annexe, Paris
Fragmente einer Sprache der Liebe, solo show, Fotogalerie im Rathaus, Graz
Fragmente einer Sprache der Liebe, with Tobias Zielony, Parallel 2016, Vienna
Sind im Vesch, Vesch, Vienna
Pas de Deux, KUNST HAUS WIEN, Vienna
Intimacy / Absence (European Month Of Photography), Galerie Kandinsky, Vienna
10–12/2022: ISCP New York (US) / supported by the Austrian Ministery of Culture
05–06/2021: AiR Trieste, Trieste (IT) / supported by the Cultural Department of the Province of Styria
02–05/2021: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
10–12/2020: ISCP New York Online Residency
09–10/2019: FLUCA Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv / supported by the Cultural Department of the Province of Styria
10/17–04/18: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
07/17–04/18: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris / supported by the Austrian Ministery of Culture