Consisting of photographs, videos, and objects, Sara-Lena Maierhofer's work is best described as living between narration and documentation. Mostly the starting point of her research-based installations are unusual biographies and how they are linked to social phenomena. She often acts as an investigator, scanning the lives of others and using methods of both scientific research and tabloid journalism to build a scenario. Her stories are told from many directions, with truth and fiction coexisting and acting as a mere facet of understanding her work.

(b. 1982, Germany)

University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld,
Graduate of Photography and Media Art, 2011

Sara-Lena Maierhofer lives and works in Berlin.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Dear Clark, / Galerie Espace JB, Geneva
Dear Clark, / Galerie Feldbuschwiesner, Berlin
Dear Clark, / C.Rockefeller Center for the Arts, Dresden
2013 Dear Clark, / Warte für Kunst, Kassel
2012 Dear Clark, / Lage Egal, Berlin
2011 Dear Clark, / FOAM Museum for Photography, Amsterdam

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Keep your eyes peeled / aff Galerie, Berlin
Beyond Evidence / Format Festival, QUAD Gallery, Derby
Autofiktionale Verwandlungen / Kunstraum Station21, Zürich
2014 Biografie III- Du / Fotogalerie Wien
Galerie Feldbuschwiesner / Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
Hybride / Journées photographiques de Bienne
Die Bielefelder Schule, Fotokunst im Kontext / Bielefeld
Senza Meta / Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia
gute gussichten_heimspiel4 / Neustadt, Weinstraße
Plat(t)form / Fotomuseum Winterthur
Collector’s Edition / Lage Egal, Berlin
2013 My Secret Life / C/O Berlin
Blue Monday / Hotel Bogota, Berlin
Dummy Award Fotobookfestival / documenta-Halle, Kassel
FotoDoks- Festival für aktuelle Dokumentarfotografie / Münchner Stadtmuseum
Polly’s Picture Show / Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
Info on Books / Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin
Dummy Award Fotobookfestival / Le Bal, Paris
Prix Voies Off: Selections / Arles
Dummy Award Fotobookfestival / MIA Milan Image Art Fair
Buchkunst Heute / Stadtbibliothek Bielefeld
2012 Cutting in Soma / The Wand Gallery, Berlin
Gute Aussichten / Museum für Fotografie, Hamburg
Demokratie / Das Kleine Schwarze, Hamburg
Gute Aussichten / Goethe Institut, Washington DC
Gute Aussichten / Fotoforum West, Innsbruck
Atelierabend / PACT Zollverein, Essen
2011 Fokus Frau: Statements / Galerie FB2, Dortmund
Gute Aussichten / Museum für Fotografie, Berlin
Rear View- Borders of Photography / Overkant, Amsterdam
Diplomausstellung / Fachhochschule Bielefeld
2010 Figuring Out, Taking Shape, Facing In / LCC, London
Not Yet Titled / Galerie Westwerk, Hamburg

Awards and Grants

2015 Stipendium der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
Arbeitsstipendium der Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn
2013 Dokumentarfotografie Förderpreis der Wüstenrot Stiftung
Erstwerk, Institut für Buchgestaltung, Bielefeld
2011 Gute Aussichten – Young German Photography
2010 DAAD Foreign Exchange Scholarship New York, USA