Former team members

Sandra Frimmel, co-founder and team member Autumn 2006 - September 2009. Art historian, is writing her doctoral thesis on the collision of art and law in contemporary art. She specialises in contemporary Russian art and the connection between social and artistic processes. She is a freelance writer for the Moscow Art Magazine, Iskusstvo and Artchronika. Currently she works as assistent curator at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.

Margareta Tillberg, co-founder and team member Autumn 2006 - January 2008. Art historian from Sweden. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin and Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. From 1999 until 2001 she was a lecturer in Art Theory and Art History at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. She is also a member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA).

Emily Greenberg is a film student studying at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She is interested primarily in experimental documentary and video work that deals with biography, performance and gender. She is co-leader of a film club at Bard which manages and screens from the archives of Miranda July’s Joanie4Jackie video project, and which provides a platform for female students to screen and discuss their own work. During a semester studying at Bard College Berlin she worked as an an intern at Art Laboratory Berlin.

Annalisa Zegna is an Italian visual artist. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and Iuav University in Venice. In 2015 she had a year-long residency in Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice. Her practice focuses on social issues and relationships, paying specific attention to the place and the environment where she lives. She uses different media, such as video, performance and installation. She worked at Art Laboratory Berlin as an intern in Summer and Autumn 2016, assisting on our 2016-7 programme.

Jothi F Xavier is from Vadodara, India. He is the founder & director of Green the Blue Trust, which is working in the field of art and ecology. In 2013, he received a fellowship on Warli art from IFA, Bangalore. He has documented new developments in Warli art and recently curated exhibitions in Vadodara and Ahmedabad(www.tarpart.org). He is the visiting lecturer teaching Art & Aesthetics in JDV, Pune, and holds a Master’s degree in Art History from M S University, Vadodara. As an ATSA fellow (Art Think South Asia) for 2015-2016 he is doing a secondment at Art Laboratory Berlin.

Ewelina Kaliszczuk is visual artist from Poland. She graduated in neurobiology at Jagiellonian University, and from the faculty of Painting at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, both in Krakow. She now specializes in oil painting, printmaking and works on paper on such topics as the human body, the psyche, the feminine, sensuality, and the importance of anxiety in artistic practice.
During her internship at Art Laboratory Berlin she assisted ongoing and future exhibition projects.


Selena Frandsen is a filmmaker and film student. Originally from Chicago, she is getting her BFA in Film Production at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She co-runs A Home Away From Home: A Movie Site and creates her own experimental video projects that meditate on themes of depression, womanhood and memories. While working at Art Laboratory Berlin, she studied at Bard College Berlin.

Benjamin Warner is a visual artist from London, England. He is currently studying for a BFA (Industrial) at University of Leeds, UK. His practice and research is centred around 3D rendering and sculpture, influenced by Object Oriented Ontology and Technological Hauntings in the age of the Anthropocene. He investigates how contemporary culture blends mythology and science. In early 2016 he worked at Art Laboratory Berlin assisting ongoing and upcoming exhibition projects.

Alanna Lynch is a visual artist originally from Montreal, Canada. She recently completed an MFA at Academy Valand in Gothenburg, Sweden in the area of performance and material practice, working with the affects surrounding feelings of fear and disgust. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, a BA in Psychology from Queen's University and a BFA from Concordia University. Her work is interdisciplinary combining this education with studies in the life sciences and experiences as a social justice activist and community organizer. She has exhibited internationally
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Aleid de Jong is an art historian. In 2014 she obtained her BA in Art History at Utrecht University, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. She is planning to pursue the master 'Art in the Contemporary World' at Leiden University. Her research interests concern interdisciplinary research, art theory and the role of politically engaged art within a technologically advanced world. As an intern at Art Laboratory Berlin, Aleid researched both theoretical and practical aspects of the Autumn 2015 and 2016-17 programmes.

Elizabeth Sawyer will be completing her BA in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, UK in September, to graduate in July 2016. She has deferred her final year to study BA Integrated Design for one semester at the Hochschule Anhalt University, Germany, as part of the Erasmus Exchange Program. In Spring 2015 she interned at Art Laboratory Berlin, working on the spring exhibition as well as researching for our 2016-17 programme.

Eva Jera Hanžek,
a visual artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia, is currently finishing her Master Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, working in painting, illustration and installation. She is an intern at Art Laboratory Berlin working on the realisation of the 2015 programme and preparations for upcoming project

Chiara Cartuccia is an Italian art historian and independent art writer. She studied Art History at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and completed a period of study and research at Freie Universitaet Berlin. In 2012 she completed a Master Degree in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, presenting a final dissertation focused on the construction of artistic subjectivity in the Postmodern context. Chiara interned at Art Laboratory Berlin in 2013 and led a panel in the Synaesthesia conferenceand. In 2014 she followed up with a special post-production project on "Time &Technology".

Chiara Donelli studied Art History at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome, specializing in contemporary art museology. She also worked for more than 2 years in Collezione Maramotti, a private Contemporary art collection in Reggio Emilia (It). She is a final year student of the Graduate Degree in Cultural Management (GIOCA), Economy Faculty of University of Bologna. She is completed an internship at Art Laboratory Berlin in Spring/Summer 2014, helping with exhibitions preparations and work on the public outreach program for Summer 2014. She is also researching about independent art spaces for her final dissertation.

Katarina Hergouth is an art history student at the Department of Art History at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she has just started the masters program. At Art Laboratory she is did an internship in Spring/Summer 2014, working on ongoing exhibitions and preparations programming. She is interested in modernism, architecture and increasingly in contemporary art.

Eirini Kokkinidou is a final year student at the Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University, in Greece, where she is currently working on her thesis. At Art Laboratory Berlin she completed an internship in 2014 and is involved in the preparation and realization of the 2014 programme.

Anastasia Shavlokhova is a contemporary art curator, born in Saint-Petersburg (SPB), Russia. She studied history of art in Saint-Petersburg, where she also was one of the founders and artistic director of Open-Studio Nepokorennie. Anastasia was the curator and a founder of the START project to support young Russian art at the WINZAVOD center in Moscow. Anastasia is a stipendee of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung (German Chancellor Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) for 2012-13.

Ashley Chang studied English literature and philosophy at Stanford University in California and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013. She will pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University beginning in the fall of 2013. Ashley is currently doing an internship at Art Laboratory Berlin.

Chiara Massari studied art history and literature at the University of Urbino, Carlo Bo, where she received her BA in 2011. In 2009/2010 she also studied at the Free University in Berlin. Chiara is currently doing an internship at Art Laboratory Berlin assisting production of current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

Nilufer Sasmazer studied Cinema-Television-Media studies in Istanbul where she worked in various cultural organizations. She received her master's degree in Cultural Management from the University of Lumiere Lyon 2 in France. During her internship in Art Laboratory Berlin, from April to August 2012, she worked on organizing events and fundraising for future programming. She is currently working in Istanbul Art News, a monthly newspaper on contemporary art.

Filipa Rolaça studied Marketing and Advertising at School of Communication and Media Studies, Lisbon, and she is studying Artistic Studies: Compared Arts and Cultures at the Lisbon University. She has worked as cultural management assistant at La Morue Noire and Escale du Livre, in Bordeaux. She has also collaborated with ControversasIdeias, an artistic association based in Portugal. She attended a Cultural Management workshop at Circulo de Bellas Artes, in Madrid. At Art Laboratory Berlin she is worked on fundraising for 2012 projects.

Kerstin Karge studied architecture at the Art Academy Berlin Weißensee. Since 2003 she has worked in the field of cultural management for Eigen + Art Berlin, forabilidi, arttransponder und Art Laboratory Berlin among others. She is a co-founder of BIOS (Bürgerinitiative Oderberger Straße) und co-initiator and coordinatior of the Network of Berlin Art Project Spaces and Initiatives.

Rola Khayyat is a visual artist from Lebanon, working in photography and painting, and now living in Berlin. She studied History at the American University of Beirut and figurative art at the Florence Academy of Art, as well as contemporary art at Metafora in Barcelona. She is currently developing a body of work on war-child memory and nostalgia, as well as assisting ongoing projects at Art Laboratory Berlin.

Lucía Ayala is an art historian and curator. Her main fields of research are the visual history of modern astronomy and so-called media art through both theoretical and curatorial practice. She worked as an assistant professor in the Art History & Music at the University of Granada and at MECAD, Barcelona. Currently Ayala is an associate in the research group Das technische Bild at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Humboldt University of Berlin, where she has recently completed her PhD.

Kylie Gilchrist is studying religion, art, and anthropology at Reed College in Portland, OR. In Summer 2011 she livedin Berlin, assisting Art Laboratory Berlin with upcoming exhibition projects. She has worked as co-curator of Reed Arts Week and assists in a Portland-based art education program. Her area of focus lies in media studies, spatial theory, architecture, and Islamic studies, and she is currently conducting research in new media technology and mosque architecture for her academic thesis.

Oleksandra Gomeniuk studied arts and aesthetics at the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA) in Berlin. After finishing her bachelor's degree in her hometown of Kyiv (Ukraine), Oleksandra moved to Berlin in order to explore the vibrant art scene of the city and study art history. She wrote a research project on the meaning of 'Beauty', as an aesthetic category, in contemporary visual arts. At Art Laboratory Berlin she assited in ongoing exhibition projects from March to June 2011, as well as being involved in preparations for the 2012 program.

Christina Korzen, art historian, studied in Freiburg and Berlin (major concentration: contemporary art) In 2010 she graduated from the Free University (Berlin) with an MA. Her Master's thesis was on "the Exhibition Concepts of Wolfgang Tillmans". During her internship with the Art Laboratory Berlin from January to March 2011 she was responsible for PR, press and guided tours for the exhibition "Sol LeWitt. Artist's Books".

Heiko Pfreundt, visual artist, studied Art Education at the University of Bremen. He graduated with a Dipl.Designer at the Academy of Art, Bremen. In 2009 Heiko worked as a culture manager at the project space JET at Alexanderplatz in Berlin. In 2010 he curated the exhibition Ganze / Teile am Treptower Park along with Heiko Rintelin Berlin. At Art Laboratory Berlin Heiko Pfreundt was responsible for communication design from December 2010 until March 2011.

María León Barquero, a visual artist from Spain working in video, textiles, drawing and installation, was an intern at Art Laboratory Berlin during Summer 2010. Her degree in Fine Arts was combined with several workshops done with such artists as Antoni Muntadas, Ben Patterson or Gary Hill. She finished her thesis entitled “El abrigo en el arte contemporáneo” in the Department of Art History at Complutense University of Madrid in 2010.

Olga Neifer, art historian, worked as an intern for Art Laboratory Berlin from October 2009 until February 2010. She was responsible for research on the exhibition project Creative Rights as well as being involved in the development of ongoing and future projects.

Pamina Gerhardt, art historian and music scholar, has concentrated on contemporary art, especially film. After completing her master's thesis at the Humboldt University on Tacita Dean she worked on two large exhibition projects at The Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (Darwin - Art and the Search for Origins) and the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina in Naples (Francesco Clemente - Shipwreck with the Spectator). From August to December 2009 she was responsible for the Press and PR on the exhibition project Seized, and also worked on the catalogue as a translator and proofreader.

Til Wittwer, artist with a BA in Theater Studies, worked for Art Laboratory Berlin as an intern from April - August 2009. Till worked on preparations and installation of the exhibition Ztohoven. Media Reality, and on translations for the catalogue of Seized, as well as on funding for our 2010 programs. He also was involved in arranging workshops and as a liason with local organisations.

Vanessa Albolafio, artist and textile designer, worked for Art Laboratory Berlin as an intern September 2008 - April 2009. Vanessa worked on the preparations and installation of Subjective Events, Sometimes Recorded, Hier Wäre das Leben Leicht, and CAT. Monstration. She also worked on redisigning press materials, web presence and organisational identity.


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