Dr. Christoph Solstreif-Pirker (b. 1989, lives and works in Graz, Austria) is an architect, researcher, theorist and a practicing artist working on performance, performative research, encounter-investigations, painting, drawing, sound, and text. After studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Graz University of Technology, he completed his Ph.D. in Artistic Research and Contemporary Art under the supervision of Milica Tomic and Henk Slager in 2019 (with distinction). Christoph is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Landscape, TU Graz, and Post-Graduate Researcher at GCAS College Dublin where he recently completed a second MA in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, supervised by renowned artist and feminist philosopher Bracha L. Ettinger.
Christoph is interested in the traumatic state of our current living environment and the question of what art can propose for a condition of planetary burnout. In his widely acclaimed artistic practice, he engages with the traumatized planetary layers in an affirmative, compassionate and specifically feminine form of practice. Thereby, the artistic encounter with the unknown Other(s) does not signify a threat but rather a possibility of repositioning ourselves – as subjects, societies, and participants in this world.
In 2006, he received the Youth Art Award of the city of Knittelfeld. He was awarded the annual student prize of the Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz, in 2011, followed by the Prize for Best Research Exposition by the Society for Artistic Research in 2021. He was a resident at the Fish Factory Creative Centre, Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland (2019), the Alps Art Academy, Safiental, Switzerland (2020) and the Athens School of Fine Arts, Hydra, Greece (forthcoming 2021). Between 2018 and 2019 he was holder of the KUNSTRAUM Steiermark Scholarship (awarded by the Styrian State Government). He was attending group shows in Graz, Berlin and New York City, and has lectured and performed worldwide.