Lives and workes in Vienna, Austria (*1987)
2004 – 2008 (equivalent to MFA), Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
(Franz Graf, Peter Kogler, Eva Schlegel, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Hans Scheirl, Judith Huemer)
2012 – 2015

Dr.phil (PhD), graduated with honors; Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
(Elisabeth von Samsonow; Anette Baldauf)

2018 – 2019 Visiting PostDoc Research Scholar at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
2019 Senior PostDoc Researcher at University of Vienna (UniWien)
2009 Artist in Residence, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York
  BELLEVUE Akademie, Linz; Film-Workshop with Thomas Edlinger
2011 Artist in Residence, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago
2013 Artist in Residence, Kunstquatier Hospiz, Arlberg
  Artist in Residence, Chicago (SAIC & Austrian Consulate Research Grant, Chicago)
2014 Artist in Residence, Eastside Int'l AIR Program, Los Angeles
2016 Artist in Residence, Accomplices Part I: Fine Arts, Hole of Fame, Dresden
  Artist in Residence, Centre Pompadour, France

Solo Exhibitions

2016 MNEMOSYNDIKAT, Kunstraum Schwarzwaldallee, Basel (curated by Katharina Brandl)
2014 You Watching Me Watching You, OneGallery - Window Display, Vienna
2013 I'm a Necromancer - Not a Belly Dancer, MUSA (Museum of the Collection of the City of Vienna) Start Gallery, Vienna
2011 Don't be shy: Cry-Baby Cry, DieAusstellungsstrasse, Vienna
Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf (...), Galerie Gabriele Senn - Window Shopping Series, Vienna
Explaining Pictures to a Reborn, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago
2010 Danger, Danger - don´t take candy from a stranger, FondationHerz, Vienna
2009 I gave my best, and life did the rest, FondationHerz, Vienna
Every day – life slips away, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York
2008 TakeOver / Museum of Modern Art-Office (MoMA), New York (curated by Elsa König)
Ohne Finanzen, keine Romanzen, Looshaus, Michaelerplatz, Vienna
Ich muss gehen, HALLO, grüßgott, aufWIEDERsehen (Diploma), SemperDepot, Vienna
2007 Herz – Schmerz ?, Galerie Karenina, Vienna
2006 Because the first cut is the deepest, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (curated by Elke Silvia Krystufek)

 Group Exhibitions (selected)

2018 Magic Circle, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna
Nor Heat Nor Gloom of Night, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles, Los Angeles
2017 NASTY WOMEN, The Knockdown Center, New York
ba ≠ b+a, MUSA (Museum of the Collection of the City of Vienna), Vienna
Where We Meet, Großes Palmenhaus Schönbrunn, Vienna
Tractatus Locus, Wittgensteinhaus, Vienna
Your Lucky Charm: The Greece Release, YAMA, Athens (with Michael Niemetz)
Camayuhs, The Satellite Miami Beach, Miami
2016 Accomplices Part I: Fine Arts, Hole of Fame, Dresden
WE GAVE OUR BEST (...) TO THE HOPE CHEST, imersten, Vienna
SALVATION (AT THE) GAS STATION, Die Brause, Düsseldorf (produced by Hannah Bruckmüller)
Eyes Open to the Night, Museum Night 2016, Belgrade
WE GAVE OUR BEST (...) TO THE HOPE CHEST, Osztrák Kulturális Fórum, Budapest
The Gong Show, Club Pro, Los Angeles (curated by Molly Jo Shea)
An Intimate Affair: Be Our Guest if you Dare, Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles (in cooperation with WAS Biennale)
2015 Vienna For Art’s Sake!, Winterpalais Prinz Eugen, Belvedere, Vienna (curated by Peter Noever)
Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
WE GAVE OUR BEST (...) TO THE HOPE CHEST, Austrian Culture Forum DC, Washington D.C
Artist-Run, The Satellite Show Miami Beach, Miami (curated by TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID)
2014 Festival LegeArtis, Lech (curated by Anna Khodorkovskaya)
Selection, OneGallery, Vienna (Part of Eyes on & Vienna Art Week)
ESXmasLA, ESXLA Gallery, Los Angeles
HARMONIE 18, OneGallery, Vienna (Gallery of the Elke Silvia Krystufek Archive)
DAS MEDIUM, INOMO, Vienna (curated by David Eisl)
Gott Ist Nicht Genug, Theater Drachengasse, Vienna (curated by Katharina Heistinger)
Die Chic Boutique - Home Office, Design_Raum_Kunst, Vienna
2013 Die Chic Boutique Chic.Ago, ADDS DONNA, Chicago
Die Chic Boutique, S-W-D-Z, Vienna
Behauptungen auf Papier: nonchalant, en passant und absolut, Werkstadt Graz, Graz
2012 Die Chic Boutique - Kunst mit Funktion, DieAusstellungsstrasse, Vienna
MAK DAY / Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna
Das Chic Boutique Café - Kunst mit Funktion, Die Ausstellungsstrasse, Vienna
2011 Austria Davaj ! - The Creative Forces Of Austria, Schusev State Museum, Moscow
(in cooperation with the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna)
Gute Aussichten, Part of the 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow (curated by Peter Weibel & Simon Mraz)
The (secret)* Return of NoEver, ACE MUSEUM, Los Angeles
Ach Now!, Galerie der Freischaffenden, Vienna
Before The Movies, Paintings Were Like The Movies, Mo.E, Vienna
2010 Heb (in conjunction with Elke Silvia Krystufek), Kunsthalle Autocenter, Berlin
Georg Eisler Preis (Nomination), BA-CA Kunstforum – Tresor, Vienna
MAK-Night (Vienna Biennale), Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Berlin calls 0043, The forgoten bar-Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin
sauna 2010 - Aufguss 1: Women Artists, brut, Vienna
2009 Talking with paintings, Performance mit Sands Murray-Wassink, FondationHerz, Vienna
We all go over the bridge, Galerie Meyer-Kainer, Vienna
Personae, Atelier Operngasse, Vienna
S13, Atelier-Lienz, Lienz
Open Studio, School of Visual Arts, New York
Videoscreening, Das gelbe Haus, Linz
Rose garden, CAM-Gallery, Istanbul
2008 BauaufKunst, Projektraum Adam Mühl, Vienna
Ich muss gehen, HALLO, grüßgott, aufwiedersehen, SemperDepot
Crossing Over, Friuli DOC 08, Udine
2007 Friendship -Ticket / Semper Dipot – Prospekthof, Vienna
2006 ST/A/R-Magazin MAK-Night, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Antike, Theseus Tempel, Volksgarten, Vienna
Georg Eisler Preis (Nomination), BA-CA Kunstforum - Tresor, Vienna
2005 drawings 4 ever, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Julius Hummel, Vienna
Crossing Over, Friuli DOC 2005, Udine
Villa Beatrice Déste, Arquá Petrarca, Padova
La petit mort – Festival, Slavonice
Achtung Space, Prospekthof, Semper Depot, Vienna
Frauen machen Druck, Galerie im Sitzungssaal-SPÖ, Vienna
2004 p-ART.(y), Prospekthof, Semper Depot, Vienna
How time does fly away, Palais Helfert, Vienna

Performances / Lectures / Public Engagements

2018 "Charmed Witchcraft Mass Hysteria". Performance. (Magic Circle, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna; 22.03.2018)
2018 "Spelling It Like It Is. Magic Spells for Feminists". Performance workshop with Katharina Brandl. (Rrriot Festival, Vienna; 02.03. 2018)
2018 "The Final Girls. Exploring the Intersections of Horror and Feminism". Gartenbaukino x Rrriot Festival. Discussion panel with Olivia Howe (co-founder The Final Girls) and Wiktoria Pelzer (Gartenbaukino). (Gartenbaukino, Vienna; 02.03. 2018)
2017 [Stören], Performative Reading and Book Presentation of "All-American-Gothic Girl" with Daniela Hahn and Andrea Lehsiak. (Kunsthalle Wien Shop / Passagen Pop-Up Store, Vienna; 24.10.2017)
2017 [Stören], Performative Reading and Book Presentation of "All-American-Gothic Girl" with Katharina Brandl. (Frankfurter Buchmesse / Franfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt; 14.10.2017)
2017 "All-American-Gothic Girl" (menophilias), Lecture Performance at the Book Release Event of Johanna Braun. All-American-Gothic Girl (Passagen Verlag, 2017) (Depot: Platform for Art and Discussion, Vienna; 19.06.2017)
2017 "The American Girl and the Horror of (In)Justice" (menophilias), Lecture Performance at the Book Release Event of Elisabeth von Samsonow (Ed.), Epidemic Subjects / Radical Ontologies (Diaphanes Press / Chicago University Press, 2016) (M13 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 01.06.2017)
2017 Menophilia, Metro Kino, Vienna (22.04.2017; hosted by Anna Paul)
2017 Menophilia, Where We Meet, Großes Palmenhaus Schönbrunn, Vienna (05.05.2017)
2016 "Beschwörende Addressierungen". Beschwörungsrituale, A Performative Book Release, with: Arno Böhler & Susanne Valerie Granzer, Ida-Marie Corell, Lona Gaikis, Ode Golth, Ivo Gurschler, Tamara Stajner, Lisa Stuckey, Annette Tesarek + Philipp Levar, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, David Quigley. (Anatomiesaal, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; 15.12.2016). Hosted by Johanna Braun.
2016 "Feministisches Kuratieren / On Feminist Curating"; Lecture and Discussion Forum by Juliane Saupe; (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; 03/2016) with Johanna Braun, Elke Krasny, Ivana Marjanović, Stella Rollig and Gabriele Schor.
2016 "We Gave Our Best to the Hope Chest". (Opening Speech). (Osztrák Kulturális Fórum, Budapest; 09/2016)
2015 "GLAW: Ghostly Girls and the Horror of Justice". (Lecture). Gender without Body. Ghosts in the Context of Gender, Culture and History. An Interdisciplinary Cultural Science Conference. (Depot, Vienna; 10/2016) (Depot, Vienna; 10-11/2016)
2015 "We Gave Our Best to the Hope Chest". (Opening Speech). (Austrian Cultural Forum DC, Washington D.C; 10/2015)
2014 "No need for a Trip to Delphy, if We Can Take a Selphy", Festival LegeArtis, Lech (curated by Anna Khodorkovskaya)
DAS MEDIUM, INOMO, Vienna, in collaboration with Margarita Weiss
2013 Selphy, MUSA-Startgalerie, Vienna
2012 Girl in a Box, MAK DAY, Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna
2011 How to Explain Pictures to a Reborn, The School of the Art Institute (SAIC), Chicago
2010 Welcome to the Pleasure Dome, FondationHerz, Vienna, in collaboration with:
Hélène van Duijne, Milan Mladenovic, Nino Stelzl, Maxi Kenmare & Alexander Jäger
2009 Talking with paintings, FondationHerz, Vienna, Performance with Sands Murray-Wassink
Every Day – Life Slips Away, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York

Curatorial & Organisational

2013– Founder and Director of Club Chic – Verein zur Förderung der Gegenwartskünste und ihrer Vermittlung (engl. Association for the Promotion and Communication of Contemporary Arts)
2012– Founder and Curator of Die Chic Boutique - Kunst mit Funktion (
2010 Next generation: Johanna Braun shows her favorits,
Vienna Gallery Weekend, Vienna initiated by Gallery Christine König and Gallery Gabriele Senn
2009–11 Curator and Co-Founder of FondationHerz, Vienna (
2008 BauAufKunst, Projektraum Franzengasse, Vienna
2007 Friendship -Ticket, Semper Depot - Prospekthof, Vienna

 Honors & Awards

2018– Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): "The Hysteric as Conceptual Operator" [J 4164-G24]; conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Vienna
2017 Grant from the The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria for a project with Tiger Strikes Asteroid (New York)
2016 Research Scholarship of the City of Vienna (Forschungsstipendium der Stadt Wien)
2015 Project Grant from The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria – BKA: II
Emanuel and Sofie Fohn Foundation Research Scholarship
2014 Strabag Artaward International (Nominee)
Grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture – BM:UKK, to participate in the Eastside Int'l Artist in Residence Program, Los Angeles
2013 Artist in Residence, Chicago (Grant by SAIC & Austrian Consulate Research Grant, Chicago)
Artist in Residence, Kunstquatier Hospiz, Arlberg (selected/invited by Section.a)
2010 Georg Eisler Preis (Nominee), BA-CA Kunstforum – Tresor, Vienna
2009 Koschatzky (Nominee), MuMoK – Stallungen, Vienna
2007 Koschatzky (Nominee), MuMoK-Stallungen, Vienna
2006 Georg Eisler Preis (Nominee), BA-CA Kunstforum – Tresor, Vienna
2005 Nomination Robert-Schmidt-Wettbewerb, Die Kleine Galerie, Vienna
2002 Red Ribbon Award, 'Ich bin Ich', Price for the category 'Videocollage' (collective)
2001 Clip 2000, Juryprice for the artistic design in the Video 'Maskentanz' (collective)


  Johanna Braun. All-American-Gothic Girl. Das Gerechtigkeit einfordernde Mädchen in US-Amerikanischen Erzählungen (engl. All-American-Gothic Girl. The justice-seeking Girl in US-American Narratives). Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2017.
  Johanna Braun (Ed). Beschwörungsrituale an Elisabeth von Samsonow. Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2016.
with contributions by: Tal Adler, Éric Alliez, Thomas Ballhausen, Christian Bazant-Hegemark, Johanna Braun, Hannah Bruckmüller, Arno Böhler, Ida-Marie Corell, Karin Ferrari, Lona Gaikis, Ode Golth, Ivo Gurschler, Heiko Kremer, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Claudia Mang, Friederike Mayröcker, Lisa Meixner, Suzana Milevska, Judith Revers, Oliver Riedel, Andrej Skribnek, Peter Sloterdijk, Tamara Stajner, Lisa Stuckey, Desislava Taneva Terzieva, Annette Tesarek + Philipp Levar, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, David Quigley.
  Contributions to Anthologies / Exhibition Catalogues
2018 Johanna Braun. “Gespenstermädchen und der Horror der Justiz. Über die Entwicklung des untoten Mädchen im US-amerikanischen Gesetzestext und seinen gespenstischen Doppelgängerinnen in Film- und Fernsehproduktionen” (engl. “GLAW. About the development of the undead Girl in the US legal text and it’s eerie doppelgangers”). In: Christa Tuczay, Thomas Ballhausen (Eds). Geschlecht ohne Körper. Vienna: Praesens, forthcoming.
2018 Johanna Braun. “Beyond Your Wildest Screams. Haunted by American Dreams”, In: Thomas Ballhausen, Christa Tuczay (Ed). Traumnarrative. Motivische Muster – Erzählerische Traditionen – Medienübergreifende Perspektiven. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2018.
2018 Johanna Braun. "Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live (On Mass Hysteria I)", In: Katharina Brandl, Daniela Brugger, Christiane Krejs (Eds). Magic Cirlce. Vienna: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2018: 40–41. (Exhibition Catalogue)
2017 Johanna Braun. "VALIE EXPORT (left not lost)", In: Gunda Achleitner, Berthold Ecker, Franz Thalmair (Eds). ba ≠ b+a | 10 Jahre MUSA - Aus der Sammlung der Stadt Wien (engl. ba ≠ b+a | 10 Years of MUSA - From the Collection of the City of Vienna) Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017: 174–5. (Exhibition Catalogue)
2017 Johanna Braun. “The American Girl and the Horror of (In)Justice.” In: Elisabeth von Samsonow (Ed). Epidemic Subjects / Radical Ontologies. Berlin/Zurich/Chicago: Diaphanes/University of Chicago Press, 2017: 119–134. peer-reviewed.
2017 Johanna Braun. “Based On True Events. Über die fragmentierte hysterische Performance im Amerikanischen Mainstream Horrorfilm und die damit einhergehende Vernebelung von Fakt und Fiktion (am Beispiel des Possession Films)” (engl. “Based On True Events. On the Reworking of Historical Events in the US Possession Film and the Blurring of Fact and Fiction”), In: Thomas Ballhausen (Ed). Ausschnitte (working title), Vienna: Danzig & Unfried; forthcoming in spring 2018 and part of the lecture series of the same name at the University of Vienna and Literaturhaus Vienna in fall 2017.
2017 Johanna Braun. “With Whom Am I Speaking? Die Hysterikerin im US-Amerikanischen Horror Film und ihre dissoziativen politischen Dimensionen” (engl. “With Whom Am I Speaking? The Hysteric in US-American Horror Film and Her Dissociative Political Dimensions”), In: Günther Friesinger, Judith Scholböck (Ed). Id/entity. Vienna: edition mono, 2017.
2016 Johanna Braun. “Beschwörende Adressierungen. Vorwort” (engl. “Summoned Addressing. Introduction”). and “A Girl’s Girl. Eine Untersuchung zu den psychologischen und medialen Implikationen eines Stars der Wiener Jahrhundertwende und zu seiner Übertragung auf die Bedingungen des 21. Jahrhunderts” (engl. “A Girl’s Girl. An Exploration of the psychological and medial Implications of a star of the Viennese fin-de-siècle and it’s transferences onto the Twenty-First Century”). Both in: Johanna Braun (Ed). Beschwörungsrituale. Vienna/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2016: 9–14 and 96–101.
2016 Johanna Braun. The Ghosting of History. Ein Nachwort zu Thomas Ballhausens gespenstischen Sprache der Geschichtsphilosophie. (Epilogue). In: Thomas Ballhausen. Gespenstersprache: Notizen zur Geschichtsphilosophie. Vienna: DER KONTERFEI, 2016.
2014 Johanna Braun. “No Means No”. Vienna for Art’s Sake! Contemporary Art after the Turn of the 21st Century. Vienna for Art’s Sake! Archive Austria/Contemporary Art. FABRICA, Italy, 2014: 51–52. curated by Peter Nover (imago mundi / Luciano Benetton Collection) ISBN 978–88–98764–06–8
2012 “Johanna Braun”. Facing Kremlin - Gute Aussichten, Vienna/Moscow: Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, 2012: 160–166. (Exhibition Catalogue)
2011 The (secret)* return of no/ever, ACE Museum, Los Angeles, SCI-Arc, 2011 (Exhibition Catalogue)
2011 “Johanna Braun”. Austria Davaj! Creative Forces of Austria. Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2011: 53–56. ISBN 978-3-86984-221-9 (Exhibition Catalogue)
2018 Johanna Braun. "Witchcraft Hysteria. Die Heimsuchung der Salemer Gerichtsverfahren in aktuellen öffentlichen Debatten in den Vereinigten Staaten." (engl. "Witchcraft Hysteria. The Haunting of the Salem Trails in contemporary public debates in the United States"). FemWiss Journal – Swiss Association of Feminist Studies, Bern, 2018.
2016 Johanna Braun. “Das Recht der Toten. (Un)tote Mädchen, US-amerikanisches Recht und der Horror des Unrechts.” (engl. “The Law of the Dead. (un)dead Girls, US law and the Horror of Injustice”) MEDIENIMPULSE. (4/2016). online, Open Access Journal. peer-reviewed.
2016 Johanna Braun. “A Breath of Fresh Air.” (Interview with Laure Murat). All-Over. Magazin für Kunst und Ästhetik. #11. Basel/Vienna/Dusseldorf, December, 2016. online, Open Access Journal.
2016 Johanna Braun. Disney’s Tales of Love and Real Estate; or the Ghost and the Horror of Emancipation. In: Podium - Die Zeitschrift, Fall 2016.
2016 Johanna Braun. Gothic Cover Girls. An Interview. In: rausch, 1/2016. (Interview)
2016 Maria Schoiswohl. “Insiderin Wien: Johanna Braun”. A-List: Best of Austria. January 12. 2016 (online)
2015 Angst, Furcht und Schrecken. etcetera, #62, 4/2015. (Featured Artist / Interview)
2015 Johanna Braun. “There is a Method to My Madness.” Triedere #12, 2015: 29–38. (Interview)
2014 Die Künstlerin als Produzentin – Johanna Braun im Gespräch; MEDIENIMPULSE; 1/2014. (Interview)
  Reviews (selection)
2017 Johanna Hofleitner, "Erst sich selbst, dann die Welt neu erfinden" (portrait series of performance artists, cover story; photo credits: Carolina Frank), Die Presse Kulturmagazin, fall issue 2017: 18. Print/Online.
2017 Almuth Spiegler. „Die Bürokratie des Kunstsammelns“. In: Die Presse, September 5. 2017. Print/Online.
2015 Paul Katzenberger. “Kunst, nach Farben sortiert”. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 14. 2015. Print/Online.
2015 Anne Katrin Feßler. “Kompakte Kompromisse und barocke Formate” In: Der Standard, February 26, 2015. Print/Online.
2013 Wolfgang Pichler. “Surrealer Gothic DaDa”, In: artmagazine, April 17. 2013. online
2013  “Gib mir fünf – Ausstellungstipps”. In: art. Das Kunstmagazin. April 04. 2013. online.
2012 Maria Schoiswohl. “Insiderin Wien: Elke Silvia Krystufek”.In: A-List. Best of Austria. Nov. 29, 2012. online.
2012 Sabine B. Vogel. “Parkfair: Kunst kaufen auf dem Parkplatz”. In: Die Presse, September 20. 2012. Print/Online.
2012 Anne Katrin Feßler. “Der Provokation Töne entlockt”. In: Der Standard, September 20. 2012. Print/Online.
2012 “5 mal 5 Fragen an Isabella Ritter und Katharina Husslein”. In: Die Presse, 27.05.2012 Print/Online.
2011 “Austria Davaj! Kunst aus Österreich in Moskau”. In: Kultur Aktuell: Ö1. 05.21.2011. Radio/Online.
2011 “Austrian Art on Show at Shchusev Museum”. In: The Moscow Times. May 23. 2011. Print.
2011 Anne Katrin Feßler. “Vor und nach dem kreativen Gipfelsturm”. In: Der Standard. May 23, 2011: 26. Print/Online.


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