Markus Schinwald, born in 1973 in Salzburg, Austria, lives and works in Vienna and Los Angeles. He works with variety of media, including video, installation and photographic works, often focusing on relationships of body, space and psychology. He has had numerous solo shows, including at the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2009), the Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest (2009), the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2008), the Augarten Contemporary, Vienna (2007), the Aspen Art Museum (2006) and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2004). His works can be found in international collections, including at the Tate Modern, London, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, the Kunsthaus Zürich and the MUMOK — Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna.
From the Austrian Commissioner:
Markus Schinwald represents Austria at the 54th Biennale di Venezia. In the framework of Bice Curiger’s general theme ILLUMInations, he negotiates the representation and manipulation of space, time, light, and shadow. He not only alters our experience of space through a moment of disturbance, but also allows the pavilion’s architecture and history to stand and makes it his subject—with all its ruptures, rifts, and blemishes.