Artsist Statement

In my interdisciplinary projects I question traditional gender roles and the change of contemporary body image in the digital age. For this I mainly use media like photography, video, sculpture and installations. My work is based on interdisciplinary areas such as feminism and media theory. In my studio practice, I come from a conceptual but intuitive approach that often deals with cultural or socio-political issues. First, I go through intensive research to subsequently develop a visual language. The body serves me as a raw material which I can edit and change in different ways. For the implementation of my installation work, I mainly use materials which are used for the industrial production of mass products.Making art for me is the attempt to manifest one’s own intimate biography through materials into the public and social discourse. This is not only about the form or the finished object, but rather about the process, the perspective and perception of a structure — all of which is defined by our dynamic surroundings, and contemplated through the tools, mediums, and technology of the present time and local place.


Ivonne Thein

*1979 in Meiningen, lives and works in Berlin

2003 - 2009    

               Diploma in Visual Communication with the majors Conceptual Photography and Video in the  class of Prof. Susanne Brügger and Prof. Cindy   
               Gates, University of Applied Science 
Dortmund, Germany
2007       Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
grants / prizes
2019        studio grant from the Berlin Senate, Germany
2019        nomination DEW21 Kunstpreis, Dortmund, Germany
2019        Kunstfond Bonn, working grant for 2019, Germany
2010        IFA, grant for the show Body, Latvian Photography Museum, Riga, Latvia
2010        IFA, grant for the show Márgenes criticos, Estación Mapocho, Santiago, Chile
2009         Nomination for PDN30, US
2009        New York Photo Festival,
                Honorable Mention, Fine Art, US

                C|O Talent 2008 Award, C|O Berlin Postfuhramt, Winner, Germany
2008        Celeste Prize Berlin, Honorable Mention, Germany


solo shows 

2018        body options, Art55 Galerija, Niš, Serbia (catalog), Serbia
2010        Thirty-Two Kilos, Goethe Institut Helsinki, Finnland
        Incredible Me, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf, Germany
2009        Zweiunddreißig Kilo, Künstlerhaus BBK, Ulm, Germany
                Thirty-Two Kilos, Goethe Institut, Washington DC, USA
2008        C|O Talents 10 / Zweiunddreißig Kilo, C|O Berlin, Postfuhramt Berlin, Germany, (catalog)

group shows (selection)
2019        DEW21 Kunstpreis, Dortmunder U, Dortmund Germany
                Auf Herz und Nieren, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany
2017        Gesichter, Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, Germany
                Sie – Evas Erbinnen, Orangerie Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf, Germany
2016        Stigmates, L'Association In Entremis et Marcel Burg, Strasbourg, France
2015        Fleischeslust, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany (catalog)
                Ars Continuum, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, New York, USA        
                Mythos Schönheit, Schlossmuseum, Linz, Austria, (catalog)

                Keep Your Eyes Peeled, aff Galerie, Berlin, Germany

                Love & Loss, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria, (catalog)

                Woman: Powerfull and Powerless, Teutloff Museum, Bielefeld, Germany

2014        Alles schön und gut‽, Herbert Gerisch Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
                Pop-Up, BERLIN ART WEEK, Temporärer Kunstraum, Berlin, Germany

                Body Conscious, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY Old Westbury, New York, USA

                Hijacked Volume 2 – Australien/ Deutschland, VHS-Photogallery, Stuttgart

2013        Körpersubjekte, Gallery FotoK, Wien, Austria

                Die Leinwand des Leibes, Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany, (catalog)
                boys ,n‘ girls – immer wieder anders, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
2012        Von Sinnen, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany (catalog)

                Hijacked Volume 2 – Australien/ Deutschland, Zephyr Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
                Het Gewichtige Lichaam, Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, Netherlands (catalog)
                Das Institut – für Identitätskultur und Zeitgeschmack, Berlin, Germany
2011        Fedtsalon, Salon Neucologne, Berlin, Germany
                Hijacked Volume 2, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia
                Hijacked Volume 2, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia
                Hijacked Volume 2, Queensland Collage of Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
                Hijacked Volume 2, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia
                Body, Latvian Photography Museum, Riga, Latvia (catalog)
                Het Gewichtige Lichaam, Museum Dr. Guislan, Gent, Belgium (catalog)
                Hijacked Volume 2, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
                Di cotti e di crudi, Fiera del Levante, Bari, Italy (catalog)
2010        New Visionares 2009, Tobacco Warehouse, New York City, USA (catalog)
                6. International Festival of Visual Arts inSPIRACJE 2010, Szczecin, Poland (catalog)
                Márgenes criticos, Estación Mapocho, Santiago, Chile
2009        Bin ich schön? Venus und andere Ideale in der Kunst vom 16. bis 21. Jahrhundert,  Kunstsammlung der Veste Coburg, Germany
2009        Dark Side II, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
               Talents 2008, Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
                Bildschön, Städtische Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany (catalog)
                Öffentliche Erregung, Loop – Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin, Germany
                Premio Internazionale Arte Laguna, Romanian Institution for Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy (catalog)

2007        EGO - Fotografische Positionen zum Ich, Wiesbadener Fototage, Talhaus Galerie,  Wiesbaden, Germany (catalog)
                Passion of Fashion, London Photographic Association, Holborn Studios, London, UK
                Überblick – Konstruktionen der Wahrheit, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Museum Künstlerkolonie, Darmstadt, Germany (catalog)

publications (selection)
2017        Hochbetagt; Hrsg Günther Brandstifter, Marietta Mühlfellner, Verlag Anton Pustet, Salzburg
2015        Fleischeslust; Hrsg. Hoenes-Stiftung, Dr. Stefanie Date, Museum Villa Rot
2015        European Photography 97, The Photographic Figure

2015        Mythos Schönheit; Hrsg Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Hatje Cantz
2015        Love & Loss; Hrsg Lentos Linz, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Linz
2012        Von Sinnen – Wahrnehmung in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kerber 

Verlag, Bielefeld

2010        Hijacked Volume 2 – Australia / Germany; Hrsg Mark McPherson, Ute Noll, Markus  Schaden, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany
2009        Darkside II – Fotografierte Gewalt, Krankheit und Tod; Hrsg Fotomuseum Winterthur, Steidl, Göttingen
2009        Bildschön – Schönheitskult in der aktuellen Kunst; Hrsg Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe
2008        Heide Häusler, Ivonne Thein, Talents 10 / Zweiunddreißig Kilo, C/O Berlin e.V., Deutscher  Kunstverlag, München
public and private Collections
Teutloff Photo and Video Collection
DZ Bank
CO Berlin
Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden