Marisa is a German lens-based artistwith a research background in social sciences and mental health. Currently working in Melbourne, Australia, she explores concepts of cultural and gender identities in relation to place and time on self both physical and mentally and in connection.

Marisa’s artistic practice is grounded on to 15 years of research into human behaviour, social sciences and mental health. She sees life as a habitual subconscious performance of reciprocal roles satisfying the need for safety and belonging. An existence that becomes dependent on and controlled by the surrounding social environment but also has some innately animistic qualities lurking under the surface.

In her work she seeks to look beyond the surface and to invite questioning one’s own reality and perception of self and others. She often works with self-portraiture, the body in space or deconstructed by function.

Marisa is currently studying at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne (Australia) in the Advanced Diploma of Photography and is also enrolled in a Masters in Philosophy with the University of Melbourne. She was featured as student photographers of the year in The Annual 2016 (Capture Magazine), received a Silver Award in the AIPP State Awards (Victoria) in March 2017 and was a finalist in the IRIS Award (Perth Centre of Photography) in 2018 and the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in 2018. 

Art Education

Jun. 2015 – Current             Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia; Advanced Diploma of Photography / Part Time                    

Jan. 2014                                Completed Certificate in Digital Photography  at PI - the Photography Institute

Other education

Present                    MPhil Public Health with the University of Melbourne

2007                         PhD (sc.pol.) in Business and Social Sciences at Kiel University, Germany

2002                         Master of Business at Kiel University, Germany


Jan. 2019                 PhotogravureIntensive – Print making workshop with Silvi Glattauer at Baldessin PressStudios

Mar. 2018                 Cyanotype & VanDyke Brown on Fabric and New cyanotype printing workshop with Ellie Young

Sep. 2017                 Photogravure printing workshop with Silvi Glattauer, Ballarat Photo Biennale

Aug. 2017                 Darkroom film developing and printing, Melbourne Camera Club

Solo Exhibitions

April 2019                  Virgin Fantasies at Alternating Current Art Space, Windsor,Melbourne, 26 April - 18 May 2019

Apr. 2018                   Resting Place at Brunswick Street Gallery, 20 April – 6 May 2018

Group Exhibitions

May 2019                  Women Photographers Today, 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition from 8 May -25 May 2019 at Gallery Valid Foto in Barcelona, Spain

Oct. 2018                  IRIS Award, Perth Centre of Photography, 11 October 2018

Mar. 2018                  International Women’s Day Photography Exhibition, Melbourne Camera Club; 3 March - 18 Mar. 2018

Dec. 2017                  Brunswick Street Gallery, Small Works Art Prize; 8 December 2017 – 3 January 2018

Nov. 2017                  CCP Salon Exhibition, 24November - 15 December 2017; Image: 40 feet under

Nov. 2016                 CCP Salon Exhibition, 25November - 17 December 2016; Image: Female Beauty, Still Life

Awards and publication

Oct. 2018                  Finalist IRIS Award, Perth Centre for Photography         

Jun. 2018                  Awardee at 12th Julia MargaretCameron Award for Women Photographers

Jul. 2017                   Semi-finalist in IRIS Award, Perth Centre for Photography; Image projection at the exhibition opening night

May 2017                  Commended entry in Capture Magazine for Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer in the Student category

Mar. 2017                  Silver Award at the Victorian AIPP State Awards in the category Illustrative Photography

Jan. 2017                 “The cultivated Beast” published by Nasty Women Everywhere, online publication, 16 Jan. – 26 Feb. 2017

Dec. 2016                 Lens Culture Exposure Awards 2017; selected feature for the online competition gallery; Editors pick.

Nov. 2016                 Capture Magazine The Annual – Best student work

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