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Dr Wiebke Leister

Course Leader, MA Photography
London College of Communication
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Wiebke  Leister


Dr Wiebke Leister is Course Leader for MA Photography at London College of Communication. She is a German artist, writer and researcher. Wiebke studied photography, typography and art theory at the University in Essen (Folkwang) and gained a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited and published her award-winning work internationally. 

Wiebke has been teaching on MA Photography at London College of Communication since 2004, taking over as Course Leader from Anne Williams in 2013. She also taught fine art photography, integration of theory and practice, and artistic research at Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen and The Photographers' Gallery in London.

In 2018-19, Wiebke was DAAD Professor of Photography in Bielefeld, funded by the German government as part of an ongoing internationalisation programme. She is a co-organiser of the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub and a core member of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London. Ongoing research groups include the Theatre of Photography research network and the Writing Photographs teaching and research project. Wiebke has also worked in museums, organising conferences and exhibitions.

Her work investigates the conditions of photographic non-likeness by focusing on representations of faciality and the photographic presentation of expressive signs of the face in relation to its facial canvas. Actively involving the viewer in the promises and failures of visual representation, her work engages with the interfacing of human boundaries and explores how we encounter ourselves in others.

As an artist Wiebke works with photography, drawing and collage; her writing is in English and German and her written practice spans from academic papers and reviews to fiction, including text-based installations for the gallery.

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Exhibitions and projects include:

Kunsthaus Essen, Atelierhaus Aachen, Kunst- und Medienzentrum Adlershof Berlin, Photokina Cologne, Art Frankfurt, Kasseler Fotoforum, Haus der Photographie Hamburg, Kunstbunker Tumulka Munich, Foto-Triennale Esslingen, Circus Charivari Berlin, Westfälisches Industriemuseum Dortmund, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Galerie Mousonturm Frankfurt, Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, Dryphoto arte contemporanea Prato, Školská 28 Prague, Photographic Centre Nykyaika Tampere, Society for Contemporary Photography Kansas City, Fremantle Arts Centre, Australian Centre of Photography Sydney, Goethe Institut London, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Radio Resonance 104.4FM, The Photographers' Gallery London, National Portrait Gallery London, Centre for the Arts Hereford, Danielle Arnaud London, Am Nuden Da London, Guest Projects London.