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Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker and video artist whose work focuses on the body and its relationship to architecture and space, as well as themes relating to food and how people eat.

Her photography and film work has been exhibited in group and one-person shows, and screened at film festivals throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. She has created video and photography installations that have been presented in galleries and theaters as part of live performances around the world. She studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP full-time program) in New York, where she is now on the faculty and teaches storytelling and composition photography classes, as well as live online classes to students around the world.

She has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing and has received numerous grants, among others a Swing Space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, to create “Changing Room,” a site-specific photography installation with live performance (”The most bewitching part of the evening was the dance created by Ms. Hitzenberger’s camera” — The New York Times).

Besides a variety of small video projects, she completed two short films together with composer/filmmaker Edward Ratliff: “Barcelona in 48 Hours,” about the choreographer David Zambrano; and “The Paris Film,” a fiction short featuring the performer Jimena Paz. A live multimedia performance version of "Barcelona in 48 Hours" premiered on stage at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and toured to Impuls Tanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria, and to Modafe Festival in Seoul, Korea.

Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna, Austria, and she enjoys collaborating with artists from different disciplines on site-specific architecturally-aware pieces.

"L'Oeil de la Photographie" awarded Anja's series "Chinese Fast Food" Portfolio of the Year 2012, and she received "PDN Taste Winner" from PDN Magazine in 2014.

“Hitzenberger is one of those rare talents who can successfully stop time with her camera, and then let it go at just the right moment.”  — Helmut Ploebst, Salzburger Nachrichten

Collections
  • Landesgalerie Linz (Linz, Austria)
  • International Center of Photography (New York, USA)
  • Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China)
  • Stadtgalerie Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)
  • Kartoffelmuseum München (Munich, Germany)
  • Huantie Times Art Museum (Beijing, China)
  • Salzburger Landesregierung (Salzburg, Austria)
Residencies
2011
  • Huantie Times Art District, Beijing, China (Department of Culture of the State of Salzburg)
2008
  • Warsaw, Poland (Department of Culture of the State Salzburg)
2006
  • Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (Department of Culture of the State Salzburg)
1994
  • Rome, Italy (Austrian Ministry of Culture)
Group and Solo Exhibitions
2017
  • Galerie Reinthaler (Vienna)
  • Festival of Flags (Zagreb, Croatia)
    2016
    • FS1-Testbild, Austria Auction Company (Vienna)
    • Soul Project, Volksroom (Brussels)
    • Artport, Airport Salzburg (Salzburg)
    • Konzerthaus Weinviertel (Ziersdorf, Austria)
    • Schüttkasten Allentsteig (Allensteig, Austria)
    • Dorfmuseum Roiten (Rappottenstein, Austria)
    • Rathaus Scheibbs (Scheibbs, Austria)
    • Kunsthaus Horn (Horn, Austria)
      2015
      • Galerie im Traklhaus (Salzburg; June)
      • Kunstfenster Raiffeisen Bank (Salzburg)
      • Rust-ev-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum (Kapstadt, South Africa)
      • Galerie im Traklhaus (Salzburg; November)
        2014
        • Eyes On—Month of Photography (Vienna)
        • NO AD — mobile app exhibition NYC subway (New York)
        • Aperture Gallery (New York)
        • Cool Art Café — Festival Couleur Café (Brussels)
        • Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris)
        • Zeta Gallery (Tirana, Albania)
        • Galerie Basia Embirios (Paris)
        • International Center of Photography, Faculty Show (New York)
        2013
        • Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair [with Michael Steinberg Fine Arts] (Miami, USA)
        • Art Market Budapest, Art Fair [with Galerie Reinthaler] (Budapest, Hungary)
        • Gradske galerije Osijek, Galerija Waldinger (Osijek, Croatia)
        • Artfair Köln [with Galerie Reinthaler] (Cologne, Germany)
        • TempoColor, Les Chiroux (Liège, Belgium)
        • Galerie Reinthaler (Vienna, Austria)
        • Soulangh Cultural Park (Tainan City, Taiwan)
        • Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland)
        • Galerie im Traklhaus (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis (Bregenz, Austria)
        • Stadtgalerie Lehen (Salzburg, Austria)
        2012
        • Underline Gallery (New York)
        • Galerie im Traklhaus (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Fourth International Festival of Flags (Zagreb, Croatia)
        • White Box (Munich, Germany)
        2011
        • Huantie Times International Gallery (Beijing, China)
        • Third International Festival of Flags (Zagreb, Croatia)
        • International Festival of Flags (Melbourne, Australia)
        • Dhoomimal Art Centre "Portraits of a City" (New Delhi, India)
        2010
        • Szene Salzburg "Portraits of a City" (Salzburg, Austria)
        2009
        • Austrian Cultural Forum New York; juried exhibition (New York, USA)
        2008
        • Galerie Fotohof / tanz_house Festival (Salzburg, Austria)
        2007
        • Changing Room (New York, USA)
        2006
        • Museum of the City of Skopje (Skopje, Macedonia)
        2004
        • Dahesh Gallery (New York)
        2003
        • International Center of Photography Slide Fest (New York, USA)
        2002
        • Movement Studies, Szene Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)
        2001
        • The Puffin Room (New York, USA)
        2000
        • Galerie 5020 (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Szene Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)
        1999
        • Weill Art Gallery (New York, USA)
        • Studio 13 (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Dance Theater Workshop (New York, USA)
        1997
        • dietheater Künstlerhaus, Image ‘97 (Vienna, Austria)
        • Performance Space 122 (New York, USA)
        • E3 Gallery (New York, USA)
        1996
        • Westbeth Gallery (New York, USA)
        1995
        • E3 Gallery (New York, USA)
        • “of exposure”, Performance Space 122 (New York, USA)
        1994
        • Lavori in Corso (Rome, Italy)
        • Szene Salzburg, (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Theater des Augenblicks (Vienna, Austria)
        Film Festivals, Performances and Video Installations
        2015
        • Letters from the Sky -- COP21 (Paris, France)
        2013
        • On Photography Film Festival at Fotoweek (Holland)
        2012
        • Das Kino (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Not Festival at Dansehallerne (Copenhagen, Denmark)
        2011
        • FIFA (Festival International du Film sur l'art) (Montréal, Canada)
        • New Hope Film Festival (New Hope, Pennsylvania)
        • Letters from the Sky -- COP17 (Durban, South Africa)
        2010
        • VideoDanzaBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
        • MODAFE Festival (Seoul, Korea)
        2008
        • MODAFE Festival (Seoul, Korea)
        • Essentials of Flor, Mabou Mines (New York, USA)
        2007
        • Changing Room (New York, USA)
        • Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland State University (Oregon, USA)
        2006
        • Ludnica (Skopje, Macedonia)
        • Captured (New York, USA)
        • Yale Repertory Theatre (Connecticut, USA)
        • Screenland (Whitstable, England)
        2005
        • Media/Tonic 2 (Pittsburgh, USA)
        • ImpulsTanz (Vienna, Austria)
        • Festival Internatcional de Video Danza “warm up” (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
        • unbounded, Danspace Project (New York, USA)
        • Bunkier Sztuki (Karkow, Poland)
        2004
        • Fivu 04 (Montevideo, Uruguay)
        • SK Stiftung Kultur (Köln, Germany)
        • International Film Festival of Fine Arts (Szolnok, Hungary)
        • 1. Filmfest Eberswalde (Eberswalde, Germany)
        • Photosynthesis (Piacenza, Italy)
        • Dance Theater Workshop (New York)
        • Menagerie, Danspace Project (New York)
        2003
        • San Diego Latino Film Festival (San Diego, USA)
        • Festival du Cinéma Méditerranéen de LUNEL (Lunel, France)
        • FilmVideo Montecatini (Montecatini Terme, Italy)
        • DokumentArt, Neubrandenburg (Neubrandenburg, Germany)
        • Docupolis, CCCB, Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
        • Cambridge Latino Film Festival, Harvard University (Boston, USA)
        • International Dance Festival Maracaibo (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
        • Kinesthetic Eye Film Festival (Minneapolis, USA)
        2002
        • Sommerszene Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)
        • Galaxie Pearl, Joyce Soho (New York, USA)
        Grants
        2010
        • Department of Culture of the State of Salzburg (for a film project)
        2007
        • "Swing Space," Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (installation project)
        • Department of Culture of the State of Salzburg (for a film project)
        2004
        • Austrian Cultural Forum New York (for a performance project)
        2000
        • Austrian Ministry of Culture (for a film project)
        • Council of the City of Vienna (for a film project)
        1999
        • Austrian Cultural Forum New York (for an exhibition)
        • Department of Culture of the State of Salzburg (for a film project)
        Awards
        • “Portfolio of the Year” from “L’Oeil de la Photographie” for the series "Chinese Fast Food" (Paris)
        • “Verse Story” at the first Hackathon of the International Center of Photography, for “End of an Era” (New York)
        • “Fourth International Festival of Flags”, 3rd place (Zagreb)
        • “PDN Taste Winner”, PDN Magazine, for the series “Chinese Fast Food” (New York)
        Lectures
        • Open Arts Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU)
        • fotoK, Vienna, Austria
        • University of Salzburg, Austria
        • Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), New York City
        • Professional Women Photographers (PWP), New York City
        • The New School, New York City