Dr. Paula Muhr studied visual arts, art history, theory of literature and physics in Novi Sad, Belgrade, Leipzig, and Berlin. She holds a PhD in Art and Visual History from Humboldt University Berlin (2021) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts in Leipzig (2009). In her doctoral dissertation, titled From Photography to fMRI: Epistemic Functions of Images in Medical Research on Hysteria, Muhr investigated the active functions that diverse types of images have played in generating medical knowledge of hysteria/functional neurological disorder from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries. Parallel to her practice as a visual artist and researcher, she has also been active as a free-lance lecturer and curator.


  • 2023: Travel Grant, The Sociability of Sleep Research-Creation Project, Montreal, Canada

  • 2022: Publication Grant, Barbara-Wengeler-Stiftung, Munich

  • 2022: Open Access Publication Grant, Publikationsfonds der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2022: Publication Grant, Fund of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2016: Exhibition Grant, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart
  • 2015: Artist-in-Residence Grant, Centre for Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia
  • 2015: Artist-in-Residence Grant, Stadt-Atelier, Salzburg
  • 2013: Artists-in-Residence Grant, Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Shenzhen, China
  • 2013: Exhibition Grant, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart
  • 2009: Artist-in-Residence Grant, Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA), Dudelange, Luxembourg
  • 2009: Mangelos Award Art Production Grant, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2005: Pro Helvetia Curatorial Project Grant
  • 2003: Pro Helvetia Curatorial Project Grant

Scientific Awards:

  • 2023: Rudolf Arnheim Prize for Young Academics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Art Awards:

  • 2017: Short-listed for the 15th Art Prize “Kunstpreis Haus am Kleistpark,” Berlin
  • 2014: FEX-Award for Experimental Photography, Künstlerhaus Dresden
  • 2011: “Autores in seleccion”-Award for Photography, Fotonoviembre, Tenerife, Spain
  • 2007: Sittcomm Award for Central European Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2007: Shortlisted for “Ricardo Pezza European Photography Prize,” Milano, Italy
  • 2007: Award of the F/Stop International Photography Festival, Leipzig, Germany

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