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Lena Johanna Reisner
LENA JOHANNA REISNER is an in-ter-dependent curator and writer based in Berlin. Her research focuses on matters of ecology, natureculture, the social structures that drive climate change, ecosystem degradation, and biodiversity loss, as well as environmental and climate justice as countermovements to these crises. The notion of in-ter-dependence means to acknowledge the interconnectedness of curatorial work with other cultural practices and formations of knowledge, as well as the diverse, more-than-human communities that enable a 21st century human – or rather post-human – experience in the first place.
With a diploma degree in cultural studies from the University of Hildesheim, Lena Johanna Reisner most recently worked as a curator at Galerie im Turm and as a curatorial fellow at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. In 2021 she will serve as guest curator for Prater Galerie and thereby extend her affiliation with communal art institutions in the city. For Prater Galerie she has co-developed (with Sonja Hornung) an annual programme for the first year of reopening the gallery space and will curate the exhibition Fossil Experience which will engage with counter-narratives to the continued extraction (and combustion) of fossil matters such as crude oil, natural gas, and coal.
Past exhibitions include Capitalo, Chthulu, and a Much Hotter Compost Pile at Kunstraum/Kreuzberg Bethanien (2018, co-curated with Lorena Juan and Anaïs Senli) which critically investigated into the Anthropocene discourse and the various alter-cenes proposed within the broader field of environmental humanities; Tangible Remains. Hidden Matters at Decad, Berlin (2018), a two-artist exhibition thematising the material conditions of digitality; and Creatures of the Mud at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2016). At Galerie im Turm she realized solo and duo shows with Antje Majewksi & Paweł Freisler, Henrike Naumann, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Gil Delindro, Viviana Druga, and Anaïs Senli, and has co-curated (with Sylvia Sadzinski) the exhibition Pouring Into an Array of Characters (2019) about forms of connectedness and strange communications.
Lena Johanna Reisner participated in an ICI Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans (2019) and was previously curator-in-residence in Schloss Ringenberg and Silo – Arte e Latitude Rural, Resende. She has worked as curatorial assistant within the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; as a project manager for KOW, Berlin; and in dOCUMENTA (13)‘s department for Maybe Education and Public Programs.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »