Esther Strauß (born in 1986) is an Austrian performance artist and writer. Strauß transforms the woods into her studio, tells tales with a love for gaps and chases light hearted experiments. In 2015 she sleeps and dreams on Anna Freud's psychoanalytical couch at Sigmund Freud Museum London.

From 2005 to 2011 Strauß studied at the art universities of Linz and Bristol to graduate with diplomas in performance art and cultural sciences. Since then she exhibits internationally and also won numerous prizes, most recently RLB Art Award and Hilde Zach Scholarship. Since 2015 Strauß teaches at the University of Art and Design in Linz; her lectures focus on art writing. The artist lives, breathes and works between Vienna, London, Kolkata, anywhere while walking.

exhibitions / readings / scholarships / prizes

  • 2017
    • The Hideout // scholarship by KÖR Tirol // intervention in public space // Innsbruck (AUT)
    • tête  // group show // art club Carinthia // Klagenfurt (AUT)
    • tba // group show // Schleifmühlgasse 12 – 14 gallery // Vienna (AUT)
  • 2016
    • Hilde Zach Scholarship // art award of the city of Innsbruck // Innsbruck (AUT)
    • dreams yet to dream // purchase by the collection of the province of Tirol // Innsbruck (AUT)
    • Babelsprech // performative reading // Perdu // Amsterdam (NLD)
    • This darkness is not exclusive. // performance // Colour out of Space Festival // Brighton (ENG)
    • Variations on a theme // performative reading // Austrian Cultural Forum // London (ENG)
    • rest on trial // solo show // Andechs gallery // Innsbruck (AUT)
    • residency of the province of Upper Austria // Czech Crumlaw (CZE)
  • 2015
    • dreams yet to dream // performance // Sigmund Freud Museum // London (ENG)
    • Have gone for a long walk. // performance // Otto Mauer Center // Vienna (AUT)
    • The Enemies Project // UNESCO Nicht of European Literature // Summerhall // Edinburgh (SCO)
    • Feinde // group show // Hardy Tree Gallery // London (ENG)
    • Babelsprech // reading tour // Erfurt, Jena, Weimar (DEU)
  • 2014
    • RLB Art Award // prize and group show // Kunstbrücke // Innsbruck (AUT)
    • Babelsprech // performative reading // Zurich (CHE)
    • Hans in Luck // group show // Kunstraum Niederösterreich // Wien (AUT)
    • Jeu Domino // performative reading // Marseille (FR)
  • 2013
    • Commerce shows itself satisfied. // group show // Salzamt // Linz (AUT)
  • 2012
    • World Event Young Artists // international art biennial // Nottingham (ENG)
    • DISORDER // group show // Fabbrica del Vapore // Milano (ITA)
    • entre chien et loup // group show // Diving School // Bristol (ENG)
    • performance tour // talks and performances // Bratislava, Prešov, Banská Bystrica, Košice, Nitra (SVK)
    • Demons and Pearls // group show // DOK // St. Pölten (AUT)
  • 2011
    • 284. 176. 602,1 kumpen // performance with die kumpaninnen and Klaus Albrecht Schröder // Albertina // Vienna (AUT)
    • how to tell a gap // diploma exhibition // University of Arts and Design // Linz (AUT)
    • Francis Alÿs: The artist as a tourist // diploma presentation // University of Arts and Design // Linz (AUT)
    • you fail // group show // periscope gallery // Salzburg (AUT)
    • The 20th century in Upper Austria. // permanent exhibition and purchase by the collection // Schlossmuseum // Linz (AUT)
    • two-year residency // Salzamt // Linz (AUT)
  • 2010
    • atasonglessepa // group show // Stifterhaus // Linz (AUT)
  • 2009
    • performance tour through India and Bangladesh // various performances in public space (IND + BGD)
  • 2008
    • New Folks // group show // Kunstraum Niederösterreich // Vienna (AUT)
  • 2007
    • Mary – or some of her // solo show // KhG // Linz (AUT)
    • artbaselmiamibeachwels // group show // gallery of the city of Wels // Wels (AUT)
    • Clash of Cultures // György Kepes art symposium // Eger (HUN)
  • 2006
    • Youth literature award of the province of Tirol // radio play produced by radio ORF Tirol // Innsbruck (AUT)
    • literatur residency of the province of Lower Austria // Velinka Polana (SVN)
    • radiospotting // radio project in public space // Linz (AUT)
  • 2005
    • award winning speech of the national speech competition Mauthausen – today? // reading at the 60 years commemoration ceremony at the concentration camp // Mauthausen (AUT)