Mercedes Wagner (*1984 Hann. Muenden, Germany)
visual artist currently based in Hannover, Germany

My work is based on the photograpfic image and an installation-based practice. The subjects mostly center on gestures of displaying in the context of culture, identity and knowledge mediation. I try to reveal those concepts as constructs by creating myself frames of references which alter common ways of seeing through the recontextualization of still and moving images. Reality is just one out of a vast field of possibilities informed by more or less inconscious conventions. In this context my works examine our relation towards the photographic image and question its representative functions by involving objects and adressing issues of corporeality. Thus, material-, spatial- and temporal aspects take center stage in content and form of my works echoed through site-specific installations and projections as well as books.

I like to think of my works as photographic spaces that enable alternative meanings of the visible.


2013 - 2018   MA Photography Studies and Practice, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, Germany
2015 - 2016   Research in Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Chile, Brazil
          2015   Masterclass Contemporary Photography, Centro de la Imagen Lima, Peru
2006 - 2011   BA Scenography and Costume, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany
2004 - 2005   Philosophy, Gender Studies, Economic & Social Studies, Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany


2019   Individual Artistic Development, project funding by the Federal Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
2018   Individual Artistic Development, research grant by the Federal Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
          Project Funding, The Society of Friends and Sponsors of the Folkwang University of the Arts
          Deutschlandstipendium, scholarship by the Federal Government of Germany
2017   nomination Folkwang Prize 2017, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, Germany

Solo Exhibitions

2018   Touch, Raum Z13, Essen
2017   LIQUID LAYERS même l’eau a l’air fausse, Galerie52, Essen

Group Exhibitions

2019   Made in..., Kunsthaus Essen
2018   ExExoArtefakt, Folkwang Finale, Sanaa Building, Zollverein Essen
          Mantas, International Young Photographers, Daegu Photo Biennale 2018, Daeguart Factory, Daegu, South Korea
          We will pick you up again, Videoscreening @Rundgang 2018, Zollverein Essen
          Photoprojekte Bauschau 2007-2018, Baustelle Schaustelle, Photo Duesseldorf
          You there, us here, W-10 Gallery FIU Miami, USA
2017   Before Miami, Baustelle Schaustelle Essen
          Irgend / Fast hier, Sanaa Building Zollverein, Folkwang Preis 2017, Essen
          Stopover/Zwischenhalt, UG im Folkwang, Museum Folkwang, Essen
2014   Rundgang Fotografie, Auktionshaus Schützenbahn, Essen
          Krisen des Sichtbaren, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich
2011   ...können wir das bitte sehen?, Ballhof 2, Hannover
2010   Vol. 10, Seilbahn Expo Plaza, Hannover


2018   Encounter V History of Photography in Daegu, International Young Photographers Exhibition, Photo Artists Society of Korea:
          Photography Exhibition, Fringe Photo Festival, Galleries Association of Daegu: Special Photography Exhibition, catalogue, Daegu
          Photo Biennale 2018, South Korea
          International Young Photography Exhibition, catalogue, Daegu Photo Biennale 2018, South Korea
2017   Stopover/Zwischenhalt, brochure, UG im Folkwang, Museum Folkwang Essen
          Irgend, artist's book, hand-made, Essen

2014   Schöne neue Welt, HANT Magazine for Photography, No. 04, S. 108-109
          Folkwang UdK, brochure, Photokina Academy 2014, Cologne