Anita Witek was born in 1970 in Austria, she lives and works in Vienna. She completed an MA in painting at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, and an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London, UK.

 

Amongst many prestigious awards that she received was the Austrian Art Prize for Photography in 2015. Witek uses found visual material to create collages and photomontages, working with analogue phogography. Some of the images take a format of framed three-dimensional photographs, the others are spatial installations that overwrite physical space. As Witek’s main interest lies in the subliminal influence of the photographic environment on our perception and memory, she removes the focal points from the source material by cutting them out. It is the background of these “erased” motifs – the spaces surrounding the depictions as well as the surface structures and fragments that are generally not at the centre of attention – that the artist draws on as her source material. Following the principle of the collage, she layers these elements on top of each other to create imaginary spaces
that she then photographs in various stages of the assembly process. By decontextualizing the fragments and transferring them into new, unintended contexts, the artist strives to reveal inherent, latent levels of meaning.

 

Anita Witek has exhibited world-wide and her works are in prestigious public and pivate collections including Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; MUSA, the Collection of the Town of Vienna, Austria; TBA21 Collection, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Austria; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, USA; Charles Betlach Collection, CA, USA; La Jolla, CA, USA.

 

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Do it in the Dark , AKADEMIE GRAZ, Graz, 13 March – 17 April, 2020

 

Full Moon, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Niederösterreich, Weikendorf, Austria, 2018-2019

 

Don’t call it off-space at das weisse haus, Vienna, 29 November – 12 December 2018  

 

Anita Witek: Clip, Wexner Center of Arts, 3 February – 15 April 2018  

 

COLLAGE II, Welcome Home, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria, 5 December 2017 – 13 January 2018

 

Traces of Time, exhibition at Leopold Museum, Vienna 20 November 2017 – 26 February 2018  

 

Big Art, Circling the Square 2017  

 

Stratified,Fragmentierte Welten, das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria, 2017  

 

ba ≠ b+a I, Aus der Sammlung der Stadt Wien, MUSA Museum Startgalerie Artothek, Vienna, Austria, 2017  

 

Elemente des realen Lebens (Elements of real life), 30 April – 21 October 2017, touring through Austria  

 

About Life, Kunsthaus, Vienna, Austria, 2016    

 

reset, Galéria Médium — Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava on the occasion of the European Month of Photography, 2016  

 

High Performance, Panorama in den Räumen von Accenture, Vienna Stock Exchange, Austria Hier und wo du bist, Galerie Marenzi, Leibnitz, Austria, 2014  

 

CONCRETE Fotografie und Architektur, Winterthur Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Austria, 2013  

 

Utopia,Dystopia: Constructed with Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, MFA, Houston, Texas, USA, 2012

Anita Witek