Project: HER STORY

Photography: Storytelling

For: Marianne Maderna

Place: Kartause Aggsbach, Lower Austria

Date: 30.09.2020

Model: Fiona de Fontana, Karola Oelberg

H&M: Judith Grübl

Marianne Maderna is an Austrian interdiciplinary artist, creating sculptures and installations. She deals with socially relevant topics concerning the human condition. For the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna, Maderna created 33 busts representing historically important female figures. In this project, two of her busts were brought to life, and their story was interpreted photographically.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter of the 20th century, known for her surrealist self portraits, which she claims are not surreal but her reality. Inspired by mexican folk art, she explored questions of gender, identity, class and race in her paintings, as well as processing her physical and emotional pain through her art.

This photo story depicts the various characteristics and facets of Frida Kahlo and her paintings.

In this photo, her distinct sense and interpretation of womanhood is imaged.

Her health conditions often forced her to lay in bed, where she was physically limited, but her creativity flourished.

This image aims to represent the immens pain she had to endure throughout her life, but the strength she showed nevertheless.


Virginia Woolf is recognised as one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. Perhaps best known as the author of Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse , she was also a prolific writer of essays, diaries, letters and biographies. Virginia became one of the central subjects of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism and her works have since garnered much attention and widespread commentary for “inspiring feminism”.

In 10 pictures the turbulent life of Virginia is told. From her early stable years into the dissolution of her mental illness up to her suicide. The series starts with straight-forward portraits and ends in experimental photography, like double exposure or long time exposure.