Born 1980 in Dearborn/USA. Vida Bakondy studied History and a combined studies programme of Social and Cultural Anthropology, International Development and Gender Studies at the University of Vienna. In her award-winning PhD thesis Montagen der Vergangenheit. Flucht, Exil und Holocaust in den Fotoalben der Wiener Hakoah-Schwimmerin Fritzi Löwy) - published by Wallstein in 2017 - she developed theoretical and methodological approaches in visual culture studies and photography, as well as in connection with the analysis of private legacies from a historical and cultural studies perspective. Participation in numerous projects dealing with the history of labour migration from Yugoslavia and Turkey, e.g. project researcher in the exhibition project Gastarbajteri. 40 Jahre Arbeitsmigration (2004, Wien Museum), project researcher (2012-2015) in the FWF-funded project Deprovincializing Contemporary Austrian History. Migration and the transnational challenges to national historiographies (approx. 1960 to today), 2015-2016 head of the project Migration Sammeln. Together with Gerhard Milchram she curated the exhibition Geteilte Geschichte. Viyana – Beč – Wien (Wien Museum, 10.2017-02.2018).
In 2016 Bakondy was awarded the Prize for Popular Education by the City of Vienna for her projects at the intersection between science and art/culture.
Migration and exile, visual studies, the post-Nazi era, biographical research.