Brigitte Lustenberger

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Brigitte studied at Zurich University and received her MA in Social and Photo History in 1996. In the following years she established herself as an fine art photographer. She moved to New York and received her MFA in Fine Art Photography and Related Media at Parsons The New School of Design in 2007. The main issues in her works lie in her interest in the study of the gaze, the interplay between absence and presence in a photographic image, and the fact that the reading of a photograph is most often triggered by a collective memory. She explores the media itself and its close connection to themes like decay, memory, death and transitoriness.


Brigitte Lustenberger has shown nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows. She had Solo Shows at the Museée de l’Elysée in Lausanne/Switzerland, at Walter Keller’s Scalo Gallery in Zurich and New York, at Le Maillon in Strasbourg/France, Kunstkeller Gallery in Bern, Photoforum PasquArt in Bienne. Her works have been part of group shows in the Kunsthalle Bern, Kunsthalle Luzern, Art Cologne, Centro Internationale de Fotografia in Milan. She was awarded the Grand Prize Winner PDNedu, the Golden Light Award, Shots/Corbis Student Photographer of the Year, Prix de Photoforum PasquArt, The Photo Review Comeptition, Selection Voies Off at Arles, and others. She received fellowships for Cairo and Maloja and was awarded with the prestigious swiss Landis&Gyr Residency in 2013. In the same year she was awarded for the second time (after 2002) the Photo Award of the Canton Bern.


Brigitte Lustenberger creates a modern and yet baroque universe by following a baroque still life tradition to evoke meaning by showing and choosing certain objects, facial expressions and gestures. The images are very much about the transitoriness of being and the constant human involvement in it - and its resulting changes of fates.The artist goes back literally to the meaning of the word Portrait which descends from the latin word protahere which can be translated as to pull out something, to bring something forward, to bring something to light. The black spaces from where the faces or the sill lifes appear leave room for the viewer’s interpretation. Most of the lighting in the photographs is natural daylight coming in through a window.

Education


2004–2007

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography and Related Media, New School University, New York, United States


1989–1996    
Master of Arts (MA) in Social und Photo History, University Zurich, Switzerland



Selected solo exhibitions


2017

„This sense of wonder“, ArtStadtBern, Bern, Switzerland


2016       

Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


2014
Galerie Kunstkeller, Bern, Switzerland


2012

Walter Keller Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


2010
„Etagen“ (Förderprojekt Loeb und DC Bank), Bern, Switzerland


2009
„Kabinett“ Kunstraum Winterthur, Switzerland


2008
„Chambre à Part/Le Maillon“ Strasbourg, France
Galerie Madonna#Fust, Bern, Switzerland


2007
„Musée de l‘Elysée“ Lausanne, Switzerland


2006
Scalo Galerie, Zurich,Switzerland


2004
Photoforum PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland


2003
Torre Belvedere, Maloja, Switzerland



Selected group exhibitions


2017

„Flowers I“ Galerie Béatrice Brunner, Bern, Switzerland


2016       

La Nuit des image, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland


2014
„Extravaganza“ Galerie Crochetan, Monthey, Switzerland
„ArtCityBern“ Bern, Schweiz
„L'harmonie des extrèmes“, Stadtgalerie, Bern, Switzerland
„Sichtweisen“, Kornhausforum, Bern, Switzerland


2013
„Mitbringsel“ Stadtgalerie Bern, Switzerland
„Near by Night“ Berlin, Germany
„ART Zurich“ Zurich, Switzerland
„Fotopreis des Kantons Bern“ Kornhausforum, Bern, Switzerland
„Cantonale“ Kunstmuseum Thun and Musée de l'Arts Moutier, Switzerland


2012
„Das Narrative in der Fotografie“ Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren,Germany
„Eliza‘s eating elephants and hates to draw trees“ sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland
„Nuit des images“ Musée de l‘Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
„Soirée Graphique“ Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
„Near by Night“ Projection, Lausanne, Switzerland


2011
„After Dark“ La Filature, Mulhouse, France
„Family Value“ Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, United States


2010
„Inside Out Part II“ Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland
Print Center Gallery, Philadelphia, United States


2009
„Regionale 09“ Kunsthaus Langenthal Catch of the Year, Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland


2008
„Faccia a Faccia, Forma“ Centro Internationale di Fotografia, Milano, Italy
„Auswahl Madonna#Fust“ ART Cologne, Germany


2007
„Voies Off“ Arles, France
„Selected by ...“ Kunsthaus PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland


2006
Aeschlimann Corti Stipendium, Kunsthaus Thun, Switzerland
„The Naked Truth“ The Center of Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, United States


2005
„FIVE“ Scalo Gallery Space, New York, United States
Epson Art Photo Award, ART Cologne, Germany


2004

Soho Photo National Photographic Competition, SohoPhoto Gallery, New York, United States



Awards


2014

Werkbeiträge City and Canton of Bern, Stanley Thomas Johnson Fondation, Migros Kulturprozent, Switzerland


2013
Landis&Gyr Award, Berlin, Germany
Photography Award, Canton of Berne, Switzerland
Werkbeiträge, Stadt, Kanton und Burgergemeinde Bern, Pro Helvetia, Migros Kulturprozent, Switzerland


2011
Grant for residency in New York, City and Canton of Berne, Switzerland


2010

PA (International Photography Awards), Honorable Mention Recipient, New York, United States
PWPs 35th Anniversary Call, Juror‘s Selection, New York, United States


2009
Ankauf, City of Bern, Switzerland
Werkbeitrag Canton Bern, Switzerland


2008

Residency in Cairo, Bern, Switzerland
Frauenkunstpreis, 2. Place, Berne, Switzerland


2007
Ankauf, Canton Bern, Switzerland
Séléction Voies Off ..., Arles, France


2006
Grand Prize Winner, PDNedu, New York
Golden Light Award, Maine


2005
Prix de Photoforum, Biel, Switzerland
Epson Art Photo Award, Cologne, Germany


2004
Werkbeiträge, Canton of Bern and BAK, Switzerland
PS Gr Dean’s Scholarship, New School University, New York


2003
Residency in Maloja, visarte.ch, Switzerland
Werkbeiträge, City and Canton of Bern, Switzerland


2002
Photography Award, Canton of Berne, Switzerland
Werkbeitrag, Pro Helvetia



Collections


Collection Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
DC Bank, Bern
Stadt Biel
Stadt Bern
Kanton Bern
Loeb, Bern
The Center of Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins CO