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Marie Wengler lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides her artistic practice as a contemporary art photographer, she is also a PhD Fellow in social sciences. Her artistic and research practices are deeply intertwined: in both her art and research, she explores and exposes the limits of “normality” in society. It places her in a dynamic position in-between art-based research and research-based art. 

What characterises Marie’s approach to photography as an artistic medium is the use of the camera (and subsequent postproduction software) as a slow-paced tool to capture carefully staged images, following the tradition of tableau and deadpan photography.  

As part of her staging of images, Marie often uses herself like a sculptor modelling clay – as a transformative material – to humanise wider societal comments. She breaks down the barrier between the viewer and viewed, both being in front of and behind the camera. The camera thus further becomes a tool for capturing performative acts in which Marie explores social phenomena by bodily putting herself into the very investigation of these phenomena. 


PhD Behavioural Sciences, Copenhagen Business School (2021-2024)

MA Cognition & Communication, The University of Copenhagen (2017-2019)

BA Sociology, The University of Copenhagen (2013-2016)


Susanna Hesselberg, 2012


Nominated for Prix Pictet Award 2022 under the theme HUMAN by curator Yuko Yamaji from KMoPA (results to be announced later this year)

Shortlisted for International Photography Exhibition 164, The Royal Photographic Society, UK

One of 23 winners of YP2022, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (KMoPA), Japan 

Selected as one of 30 under 30 women photographers, Artpil, 2022 

Shortlisted for IWPA Award 2021/2022


Upcoming: JustWomen, group exhibition, curated by Slavica Veselinovic for ImagineNation, Galerie Joseph, Paris, FR, May 19-21

“Young Portfolio Satellite Exhibition”, 2023, Place M, Tokyo, Japan

“REBEL”, 2022, The Untitled Space, New York, NYC, September 29-October 27

30 Under 30 Women Photographers (2022), Opera Studio, Rome (as part of Rome Art Week, October 24-29)

“YP2022”, 2022, Group exhibition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (KMoPA), Japan 

“Young Talent”, 2017, Group Exhibition, National Gallery of Denmark, Denmark,

“Uncensored”, 2017, Group Exhibition, Subliminal Projects X GirlGaze, Los Angeles


Pictures from REJECTED purchased for the permanent collection at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (KMoPA), part of “Young Portfolio”, 2022

Picture purchased for private collection, 2016, Australia

Picture purchased for private collection, 2014, Norway


Interview in See:Zeen