Weekly Conversations…with Lena Rosa Händle

Today we are pleased to introduce Lena Rosa Händle, who has recently moved into one of the studios at Hegelgasse 14, 1010 Vienna. She was born in Berlin and studied artistic photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig (Diploma, 2011; Master/Meisterschülerin, 2013) and at the Facultat de Belles Arts, Barcelona.

You’ve recently moved into one of our studios. How do you like your (own) working space at studio das weisse haus?
I love it!

You’ve participated in the exhibition “What are you looking at” in das weisse haus. Your works on display were lightboxes which dealt with the female body. Are feminism related subjects a big part of your work and are everyday situations an inspiration for your art?
Yes, I often deal with queer-feminist related subjects like representation or visibility, but I am sometimes a little tired of that label “feminist art”. I think that our society and culture is very influenced by patriarchal white supremacy and we all have to deal with it. It´s part of ourselves and not only a subject of a minority.

Everyday situations used to be part of my photography in my successful work “Laughing Inverts”, which was published in 2015 as an artist book. Between 2006 and 2010 I used my camera like a visual diary, while I was living in Barcelona, Berlin and Leipzig. I still like to observe and can get inspired of everyday situations.

Could you tell us something about your upcoming projects?
I am going to continue my project “I (We) Feel Seen” ( 2018) and I have some other projects going on. I always have a lot of ideas!

Do we get the chance to see your works exhibited somewhere any time soon?
Until September 22 you can see six pictures of my recent work in the group show “Nothing Less! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage at VBKÖ, Vienna.