Subtext & Discourse

Interview with Lena Fließbach | EP20 Subtext & Discourse

March 30, 2020

Still hard to comprehend how much the world has changed since this interview was recorded only four weeks ago, when I met up with Berlin based curator and author Lena Fliessbach to learn about her journey as an independent curator. As the pandemic was still yet to hit, there is of course no mention of it during our conversation. However her latest exhibition ZERO WASTE, which was due to open at the Museum of Visual Arts in Leipzig on the 26th of March 2020, is unfortunately postponed until further notice. I hope that we will still get to see this show as it presents many big picture issues - such as sustainability, globalisation and industrialised animal agriculture - which we are now all forced to contend with.

Lena Fliessbach (b. 1982, Hamburg) has been working as a curator and author since 2007. She completed her studies in art history, modern history and Latin American studies at the Free University of Berlin and the Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2010 with the master's thesis "Aspects of Staging in Contemporary Street Photography". 2010-2011 she worked at Wenders Images and organised various exhibitions and book projects for Donata and Wim Wenders. After which she was the first participant in the two year curatorial program at Galerie im Turm, the municipal gallery Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Since then Lena has worked as an independent curator on a number of significant exhibition projects, often in collaboration with Hannah Beck-Mannagetta, which typically include an educational component under the title Walk the Talk. Her latest exhibition ZERO WASTE "takes a critical look at the current condition of our planet but also aims to imagine possible solutions, encourage alternative scopes of action, and propose visions for the future." More information about ZERO WASTE is available on the website of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, as well as the official exhibition instagram account.

Interview with Lena Fließbach recorded by Michael Dooney on 28. February 2020 in Wedding-Berlin, Germany.

LENA FLIESSBACH

ZERO WASTE

SEBASTIAN DE LA LUZ (audio engineering)

MICHAEL DOONEY

JARVIS DOONEY

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