Julia Hartmann is an art historian and independent curator who specializes in transnational feminist and activist art, with a focus on China. Julia finished her studies in Art History and English Linguistics at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria in 2012, and was previously Curatorial Assistant at the Secession in Vienna and Assistant Curator at the
21er Haus/Belvedere. She writes for art magazines and publishes texts in catalogues and academic publications.
Her curatorial work focuses on the intersection of social movements, digitization, and art, which she elaborates within the exhibition series Search for... initiated in 2016 with the first iteration titled Search for...Serendipity. The more you search the less you find. It was continued in 2020 with the title Search for...Feminism at the VBKÖ in Vienna. Her latest exhibition celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage with the title Nothing Less!, which was staged at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London in October 2019 and at the VBKÖ in Vienna in 2018. She has received the European Cultural Foundation Grant in 2020 and is collaboratin with a team of international curators on the online art and research center KARA AGORA and the exhibition Net Works - Pitch for a Social Network Sphere.
Julia is a PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, working on the thesis Radical Characters: Transnational Positions in Female-led and Queer-feminist Movements in Contemporary Chinese Art. She has received a research grant from the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, where she participated in the symposium Exhibition-Making Practices in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s and has done curatorial residencies at NODE Center Berlin and Residency Unlimited in NYC. She is currently conducting field research on topics such as art production and exhibition making by progressive female protagonists from and within China.
Julia is the co-founder of SALOON Wien, an international network for women in the arts, where she is responsible for organizing talks, exhibitions, and networking events. She is board member of SALOON Network, the international community of all SALOON cities as well as of VBKÖ-Association of Women Artists Austria.