Florian Freier (1979, Munich/Germany) is exploring social, cultural and political topics by working at the intersection of photography, digitalization and communication.

Freier graduated from Munich Academy of Art while working as a freelance webdesigner, photographer and google search engine optimizer. His works have been exhibited at international group shows, including works by Richard Prince, Marcel Duchamp, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Elaine Sturtevant and others.

Freier's ongoing documentary "
Profile Page" is exploring changing states of identity by photographically matching facebook profile pages with their inhabitants private living rooms. It has been published as a print on demand foto book and free e-book under a cc license and has been added to the library of the printed web and the collection of artist books of the Museum of Modern Art New York.

Searching for the visual traces of our everyday online travels Freier's experimental photo project "
Cached Landscapes" is analyzing hidden image files extracted from private system folders of personal computers. It has been awarded by Trevor Paglen and Frankfurter Kunstverein with the "Eagle Eye" Photo Award and exhibited along Paglen's first German solo show "The Octopus" at Frankfurter Kunstverein almost five years ago.

In his ongoing research project "
The Moving City" Freier is documenting silent change of urban spaces by matching street view construction sites with Airbnb interiors ripped from a database of about 17.000 GPS located apartment listings. The project has been nominated for the Munich Prize of Photography / Development Prize by the City of Munich in spring 2018.

Freier's works have been cited in international blogs and magazines, including
Monopol-Magazin, Fastcompany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, WIRED, VICE creatorsproject, ilikethisart.net and frieze-magazine.




Selected exhibitions:


2018
Munich Prize of Photography, nominations for the Development Prize by the City of Munich, Lothringer13 Halle, Munich DE

2017
"Untitled Snapchats" at Rencotres d'Arles #BYOPaper , Papeteries Etienne, Rencotres d'Arles 2017, Arles FR

" No Secrets " feat. " Cached Landscapes " at photographic collection of Munich Stadtmuseum
curated by Rudolf Scheutle (including Paolo Cirio, Susan Morris, Mario Santamaria, Jenny Rova, ...)

"Dadaclub.online - the exhibition" feat. "revolving poet" at Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia IT

2016
"Polivalents 2016", feat. selected works at Hangar.org, Barcelona ES

Solo presentation at „ unpainted LAB 3.0 “ - MMA Munich Kesselhalle
curated by Nate Hitchcock / Annette Doms (including Michael Mandiberg, Miltos Manetas, Aram Bartholl, ...)

2015
„Cached Landscapes“ at „ Trevor Paglen - The Octopus “, Frankfurter Kunstverein

„6PM your local time“ - feat. selected works at Link Art Center, Brescia IT

2014
"The Eye of God" at " (Mis)Understanding Photography " - Museum Folkwang, Essen
curated by Florian Ebner (including: Hans-Peter Feldmann, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, ...)

2012
" Photogenus - Contemporary Meta Photography " - DAAP galleries, FotoFocus biennial Cincinnati, Ohio
curated by Aaron Cowan and Jordan Tate (including: Travess Smalley, Kate Steciw, John Houck, Sebastian Verdon, Clement Valla)

" Déjà-vu? from Dürer to YouTube ", Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
curated by Wolfgang Ullrich and Ariane Mensger (including: Albrecht Dürer, Marcel Duchamp, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Elaine Sturtevant, ...)




Selected Publications:

Folkwang/Steidl, 2014,
(Mis)understanding Photography - Works and Manifestos
ISBN 978-3-869-30764-0

Link Editions, 2015,
Florian Freier - Profile Page
ISBN 978-1-326-49923-5

Kerber Verlag, 2012,
Déjà-vu? from Dürer to YouTube
ISBN 978-3-866-78676-9

Florian Freier, 2017 -
The Moving City
self published, print on demand

Eres Stiftung / Munich Stadtmuseum, 2017,
No Secrets - Images of Surveillance
ISBN 978-3-00-056058-3

Florian Freier, 2016-2017 -
Untitled Snapchats
ISBN 978-1-389-77346-4

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2017,
Transforming World Atlas

Palgrave Macmillan, 2020,
Error, Ambiguity, and Creativity: A Multidisciplinary Reader
ISBN 978-3030397548