Denise Helene Sumi

City, Country:

Wien, Austria


Jan 2018 - Jan 2019

Denise Helene Sumi is art historian, author and professionaly involved in culture. 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 where she maintained the online publication DIDING – An Interior That Remains an Exterior? 2013 she was responsible for the editorial of the exhibition catalogue collective of the Festival – sound:frame »festival for audiovisual expressions«.

Since 2012 she is working as a freelance author. She publishes texts in the pop-cultural magazine The Gap, on educational platforms such as Medienimpulse and Kulturpool or the specialist journals EIKON and Spike Art Quarterly. Denise Helene Sumi also published essayistic short stories for the Bregenz Biennale 2016, the music 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.

Together with Carolina Nöbauer, Franziska Sophie Wildförster und Fanny Hauser, Denise Helene Sumi is co-founder and co-director of the Vienna-based Kunstverein (art association) Kevin Space (, which promotes international and local developments in contemporary visual arts and bringing them into dialog in solo and group exhibitions as well as performative and discursive formats.

Lately she was working as an assistant for the program director of the performing arts department and as residence coordinator at HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden.