Born in 1961 in Bludenz, Austria. Lives and works in NY.
From 1986 to1991 Rainer Ganahl studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf (D) with Peter Weibel and Nam June Paik.
In 1990/91 is a member of the Independent Study Museum at the Whitney Museum in New York. Gets a Masters in Philosophy (University of Innsbruck) and in 2000 attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York.
The artistic production of Rainer Ganahl includes photographs, video and performance. His work explores questions related to the production of knowledge and education policies: what to teach, what to learn, what to read, what to discuss and with whom.
Among his best-known work S / L (Seminars / Conferences), 1995, series of photographs that represent well-known critics while talking to the audiences in lecture halls and conference rooms.
In a similar way Ganahl documents by video its method of learning an “exotic” language (basic Japanese) that become an artistic project.
His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in private galleries, museums and institutions in Europe and the United States including the MAK, Vienna; Elaine Levy Projects, Brussels; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart; The Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, MUMOK, Vienna.
He has participated in important exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale in 1999 (represented Austria) 2007, 2009; Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai 2008; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2007; Performa 07 (Snorfrid), New York 2007; Moscow Biennial, 2007 Left Pop, Moscow; Bucharest Biennial, 2006 Bucharest, 2006; Sevilla Biennial, 2006 Sevilla