Gudrun Wallenböck holds Master´s degrees in Architecture and in Cultural Management. She is the founder and Artistic Director of hinterland galerie, Vienna, an independent art space and platform dedicated to the promotion of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects. Since its inception hinterland has remained committed to supporting the work of emerging and established artists from the Middle East and in particular artists living and working in
Gudrun is the founder of Hinterland Design and co-founded Sitios, a global network on urban solutions for public space. She was a core member of the programming team for 2 European Capitals of Europe (2003 Graz, 2009 Linz). Since 2009 Gudrun has been working as a curator and designer for international and intercultural projects and sits on the advisory board of the SIMORGH Foundation promoting intercultural dialogue and of the Austrian
Pakistan Society. She also lectures Intercultural Arts Management at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and WIFI Vienna.
Her PhD Thesis The Contemporary Art World in Iran - Visual Art Production, Exhibitions and Artists’ Lives in Tehran between 2010 and 2019 was submitted in January 2022 at the at the University of Arts (MdW) in Vienna, Austria and at the University of Munich, Germany.