Barbara Holub (1959, Stuttgart) studied architecture at the Stuttgart University of Technology. In 1999 she founded transparadiso with Paul Rajakovics, as transdisciplinary practice between art, architecture, urban intervention and urbanism.
Holub addresses urban societal issues for which she often creates „situations“ (see situationists) in the urban /public space, the exhibition space or in company contexts for actively involving people to take matters into their own hands.
Her and transparadiso’s exhibitions and projects include: (2017) "Advancing, pursuing", Peithner-Lichtenfels Gallery, Vienna; "Harbour for Culture", trieste contemporanea, Trieste; (2016) "Waste Value Rising", Kunsthaus Vienna; "Request for the unrequested voluntary interlinguisticality", Pottenhofen, Public Art Lower Austria; (2015) "The Laughter that Gets Caught in Your Throat", 1st Vienna Biennale; "Operation Goldhaube", Salzburg Museum; (2014) "Bye, bye Bakchich Système", Sousse/ Tunesia; "The Dignity of Man“, House of Art, Brno; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo; "The First World Congress of the Missing Things", Baltimore/ USA; "Part of the Game", nGbK, Berlin;
Currently working on a project for "The Island is What the Sea Surrounds" European Capital of Culture, Valletta18, Malta.
Holub was president of the Vienna Secession (2006-2007); Recipient of the Schindler Grant, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, 2004; Member of the advisory board of Art & the Public Sphere Journal (UK) and of the advisory board of World Council of the Peoples for the United Nations, New York. Visiting professor, University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2015; Lecturing at the Vienna University of Technology since 2010.
Holub lives and works in Vienna.