LENA JOHANNA REISNER is an in-ter-dependent curator and writer based in Berlin. Her research centers around matters of ecology and 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. Focusing on questions of energy production, her most recent curatorial project Fossil Experience (Prater Galerie, Berlin, 2022) addressed some of the widely divergent – and in part violent – realities generated by the use of fossil fuels. The notion of in-ter-dependence acknowledges the interconnectedness of curatorial work with other aesthetic practices, formations of knowledge and care, 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 has worked as a curator at Galerie im Turm and as a curatorial fellow at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. For Prater Galerie, she has co-developed (with Sonja Hornung) a program for reopening the gallery in 2021-2022 and thereby extended her affiliation with municipal art institutions in Berlin. 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 investigated 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 digital culture; 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 co-curated (with Sylvia Sadzinski) the group show Pouring Into an Array of Characters (2019).

Lena Johanna Reisner participated in ifa’s CCP-Fellowship program (2021), 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 worked as curatorial assistant at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; as curator and lecturer for the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel; as project manager for KOW, Berlin; and in dOCUMENTA (13)’s department for Maybe Education and Public Programs.

E: mail@lenareisner.com

 

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Charlotte Rohde

Impressum

Selected Writings and Publications

Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Lena Johanna Reisner (eds.): An Imperfect Map (Will Have to Do): Landschaft ohne Horizont (on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at ausstellungen.muthesius-kunsthochschule.de (8/2-1/4/2021), Kiel, 2021 (German / English).

2021

“2050: Wissenschaftliche Prognosen statt Science Fiction”, in L40 – Verein zur Förderung vom Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz e.V.  (eds.), 2050 – Nature Morte, Kunst zum Klimawandel (on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name curated by Raimar Stange 8/3–30/5/2020), Berlin, 2020.

2020

“When Cake Glaze Shines Perfectly”, in Verein der Kunstfreunde für Wilhelmshaven e.V. (eds), Lizsa Dieckwisch: When Cake Glaze Shines Perfectly (on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name 26/1–8/3/2020) Wilhelmshaven, 2020.

2019

“Reading Among Messy Symbionts.” In:  Cinthia Mendonca (ed): Resilience: Artist in Residence 2018, Silo – Arte e latitude Rural: Serrinha do Alambari, 2018 (Portugese/English).

2018

„The Buds alone: a contemplation on self-care, resilience, art and political activism.“ In: Mariana Lage, Cinthia Mendonca (eds): Resilience: Artist in Residence 2017, Resende, 2017 (Portugese/English).

2017

Westfälischer Kunstverein, Lena Johanna Reisner (eds): Creatures of the Mud (on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Westfälischer Kunstverein (21/5-3/7/2016) Munster, 2016 (German/English).

2016

Annie Fletcher, Lena Reisner (eds), A Republic of Art, catalogue published by Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven NL) and Platform (Paris F) on the occasion of the exhibition A Republic of Art at Van Abbemuseum (27/06/2015-04/10/2015). Eindhoven: e-publication, 2015 (English/French).

2015

Selected Exhibitions

Fossil Experience
Ayọ̀ Akínwándé, Monira Al Qadiri, Kat Austen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Rachel O’Reilly
with poetry by Róža Domašcyna, Ibiwari Ikiriko, and Julia Spicher Kasdorf, as well as further contributions from Christopher Basaldú, Caroline Breidenbach (wasserstories), Ayasha Guerin, Fossil Free Berlin, Fossil Free Culture NL, Rebecca Abena Kennedy-Asante (Black Earth Kollektiv), Klimaneustart Berlin, Anna Lena Kronsbein (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries), Maike Majewski (Transition Town Pankow), Elske Rosenfeld, Liz Rosenfeld & Dasniya Sommer, Esteban Servat, Sumugan Sivanesan (Black Earth Kollektiv), The Driving Factor (Elisa Bertuzzo, Daniele Tognozzi, Neli Wagner), Wassertafel Berlin-Brandenburg (Heidemarie Schroeder), and Philine Wedell (Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises).

Prater Galerie hosted by Großer Wasserspeicher, Kleiner Wasserspeicher, and Schankhalle Pfefferberg

2022

An Imperfect Map (Will Have to Do). Landscape without horizon
Leandra Bigale, Beatrice Born, Ulrich Fischer, Johann Haberlah, Paula König, Merle Voigt, Ziqiu Zhao
ausstellungen.muthesius-kunsthochschule.de

2021

Anaïs Senli: The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us
Galerie im Turm

2019/20

Antje Majewski & Pawel Freisler: Apple. An Introduction. (Over and over and once again)
Galerie im Turm

2019

Pouring into an Array of Characters
Chiara Fumai, Omsk Social Club, Tabita Rezaire, Saya Woolfalk
Galerie im Turm
(co-curated with Sylvia Sadzinski)

2019

Viviana Druga: Confessionale
Galerie im Turm
(co-curated with Sylvia Sadzinski)

2019

Henrike Naumann: DDR Noir: Schichtwechsel
Galerie im Turm

2018/19

Tangible Remains. Hidden Matters
Lisa Rave, Julia Varela
Decad, Berlin

2018

Gil Delindro: A Grain Within A Cloud of Dust
Galerie im Turm

2018

Capitalo, Chthulu, and a Much Hotter Compost Pile
Ana Alenso, Madison Bycroft, Shelley Etkin, Liza Dieckwisch, Sonia Fernández-Pan, Jelena Fuzinato, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Ben Greber & Bram Kuypers, Tue Greenfort, Ann Duk Hee Jordan, Femke Herregraven, Eva-Fiore Kovacovksy & Sina Ribak, Marta Leite, Herbert Lohner, Regina de Miguel, Zoë Claire Miller, Nucbeade, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Anaïs Senli, Michael E. Smith, Henry Wilde & Neo Hülcker
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
(co-curated with Lorena Juan and Anaïs Senli)

2018

Resilience: Artist in Residence
final presentation in the residency program curated by Andreas Trobollowitsch, Cinthia Mendonça
Silo – Arte e Latitude Rural, Serrinha do Alambari
(participation as artist)

2018

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Third Lung
Galerie im Turm

2018

Creatures of the Mud
Gabó Bartha, Madison Bycroft, Liza Dieckwisch, Tue Greenfort, Mehreen Murtaza
Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

2016