Josef Dabernig (b. 1956, Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria) lives in Vienna. An artist and filmmaker, his work uncovers the monotony and coercion that can dominate even the most expected daily actions.
Dabernig began his artistic career in the early eighties as a sculptor and took up filmmaking, for which he is internationally most renowned, in 1996. His films are often situated in harsh, disciplined and existential environments, and are a continuation of his passion for the minimal, the orderly and the structured, as expressed earlier in his sculptures. As is his ongoing Panorama-series, since 1989 till now, he is depicting through photography an obsessive collection of (sub) urban settings with the common denominations of empty football fields.
Selected solo exhibitions include Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe (2017), Kunsthalle Winterthur (2016), mumok Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2014), MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Kraków (2013), Kunsthaus Graz and Neue Galerie Graz (2013. He has participated in Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg (RU) 2014, 9th Gwangju Biennale (ROK) 2012, 50th and 49th Venice Biennials (IT) 2003 and 2001; and Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana (SI) 2000.
His work is held in public collections including Musée d Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (FR), mnam/cci Centre Pompidou (FR), La collection du FDAC de l’Essonne, Chamarande (FR), Gemeentemuseum Helmond (NL), mumok Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (AT), Kontakt Collection, Vienna (AT), Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (AT), Albertina Museum, Vienna (AT), MAK Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst (AT), Lentos Museum, Linz (AT), Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (AT), MNAC Bucharest Collection (RO), MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (PL) and 2000+ Arteast Collection, Ljubljana (SI).