Christian Vium

(born March 20, 1980)


Christian Vium is a photographer, filmmaker and anthropologist, primarily working on long-term personal projects anchored in participatory observation and in-depth collaboration.


Investigating the intersection between documentary, art and the social sciences, Vium has worked with a wide variety of professionals, from film directors, journalists, photographers, anthropologists, historians and artists, in countries such as Afghanistan (2003 & 2004), Australia (1999, 2000 & 2001), Brazil (2005, 2015), Burma/Myanmar (2006), China (2006 & 2008), Greenland (2009), Kosovo (2006), Mali (2001 & 2006), Mauritania (2001, 2004, 2006, 2009-2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014), Russia (2011, 2016), Senegal (2001, 2006 & 2011), Sierra Leone (2009), South Africa (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2015) as well as throughout the European continent.


In 2016, Christian Vium received the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie for his long-term project “Ville Nomade”, which is published by Actes Sud. He is a FOAM Talent 2015 with his recent project ‘The Wake’. This project also received a winning grant from Lensculture Emerging Talent 2015 as well as the Grand Prix of Tokyo International Photography Competition 2015. He was included in the 2015 Critical Mass, and his work has been awarded among others the Juror’s Prize at the Center Santa Fe (2013), 1st prize of the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights (2011), The Basil Wright Film Prize by the Royal Anthropological Institute (2011); 2nd place in the Deeper Perspective Award at the International Photography Awards (2009), The Canon Explorer of Light Award at the PDN Photo Annual (2008) and the Grand Prix du Paris Match √Čtudiant (2007).


Works have been shown at exhibitions and screenings in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Berlin, Brussels, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Geneva, Guatemala City, London, Moscow, New York, Norderlicht, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Taiwan and Tokyo. Upcoming exhibitions in Aomori, Bordeaux, Geneva, and Metz.


Christian Vium is based in Aarhus, Denmark. He is currently employed as a Post Doctoral Fellow in visual anthropology, as part of the research project ‘Camera as Cultural Critique’. He holds a PhD degree in social anthropology (2013), as well as an MA in social anthropology (2009) and an E.MA. in Human Rights and Democratisation (2007). In addition to his photography projects, he is currently in pre-production with three documentary film projects.