Denise Helene Sumi is art historian, author and creative artist. After studying history of arts at the Universität Wien from 2008 to 2014, in 2015, she worked as assistant at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien in Graz, where she was responsible for the editorial of the exhibition catalogue «collective» of the sound:frame – festival for audiovisual expressions. The catalogue was published in cooperation with the MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien.
From 2012 till 2014, she regularly wrote reviews for the specialist journal Spike Art Quarterly. Since 2015 she is working as a freelance author, she published texts in the pop-cultural magazine The Gap, on educational platforms such as Medienimpulse and Kulturpool or the specialist journal EIKON. Sumi also published essayistic short stories for the Bregenz Biennale 2016, the Label Where Silence Has Lease (Berlin/Leipzig) as well as for the feminist fanzine ZANK. In 2015, she participated as a fellow in the course Die Kunst des Schreibens at the Internationale Sommerakademie Salzburg.
Sumi is co-founder and co-director of the Kunstverein (art association) Kevin Space, which supports international and local developments in contemporary visual arts and bringing them into dialogue in solo and group exhibitions, lectures and readings, film screenings as well as performative and discursive formats.
Lastly she was working as an assistant for the program direction for Performing Arts and as residence coordinator in Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste.