Kristina Leko

Kristina Leko (*1966 in Zagreb, Croatia) lives in Berlin. Leko works with a number of media, including installation, video, documentary film, photography, text, objects and drawings. Social interaction and empowerment are the core of her participatory artistic practices with her works often being placed in public space. She has initiated and realised several extensive community art projects in different countries. Since 2013, Leko teaches artistic strategies in public space at the Berlin University of Art, Institute of Art in Context. Her solo exhibitions and projects include, among others: Grenze/Grens, public space, Dinxperlo, NL / Suderwick, DE (2014-2016); Rotor Graz und Institute for Art in Public Space of Styria, (2013-2015); The Kitchen, New York (2012); NGBK, Berlin (2011); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2009); Secession, Vienna (2006). Group exhibitions include P.S.1-MoMA, New York; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Saint Louis; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin; Neue Galerie Graz. Grants and awards include among others P.S.1-MoMA ISP Residency, New York (2002-2003); Art Award European Future, Leipzig (2004); work funding by Shrinking Cities project (2004) and work funding by Kunstfonds Bonn (2010). Her works are included in the collections of the MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; Museum of Contemporary Art gfzk Leipzig; Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, TBA-21, Vienna, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz and many others.

Kristina Leko is an artist and lecturer at the Institute for Art in Context, University of the Arts, Berlin, working predominantly in the fields of art in public spaces, participatory art and community art. As an expert she was asked to comment on the works on display and the issues they are dealing with. However, this comment will be produced in the form of short interviews or conversations with the attending artists. It will aim at drafting public space as an artistic medium with regards to its potential for cooperation and solidarity across social groups.