Artistic Director Biennale für Freiburg 3

11.03.2024 / Biennale für Freiburg

Lorena Juan announced as Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Biennale für Freiburg 3.

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Artistic Director Biennale für Freiburg 3

11.03.2024 / Biennale für Freiburg

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The association Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V. is pleased to announce the appointment of Spanish-born, Germany-based curator Lorena Juan as Artistic Director and Managing Director of the third edition of the Biennale für Freiburg, which will take place in the summer of 2025. She succeeds Paula Kommoss, the director of the previous edition.

“For the Biennale für Freiburg 3, I would like to work with artists who uncover and question the global geopolitical entanglements and social power relations inherent in travel and the process of touristification, among others. The focus will be on the social, ecological and symbolic realities of ‘the South.’ I myself come from a touristified ‘South,’ and Freiburg embodies ‘the South of Germany’ for many—a popular destination both nationally and internationally.”
— Lorena Juan

In her curatorial practice, she works with experimental formats, public space and collaborative processes. As a researcher, Lorena Juan focuses on practices in art and activism that emerge from queer feminist collectivity.

Lorena Juan has curated exhibitions, event series and screenings in Berlin at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Akademie der Künste, Schwules Museum, nGbK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, among others, and has been the exhibition curator of the transmediale festival since 2020. She is co-founder of Coven Berlin, a queer feminist online platform for embodied affective research and hybrid artistic approaches focusing on the intersection of environment, migration, class and gender. To date, she has collaborated with artists such as Larry Achiampong, Sung Tieu, Patricia Domínguez, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Tianzhuo Chen, Ming Wong, Tabitha Rezaire, Anna Uddenberg, Anna Ehrenstein, Sunny Pfalzer, Suzanne Treister, Nora Al-Badri, Kandis Williams, Melanie Jame Wolf and Nicole L’Huillier.

Since 2020 she has been co-curator of Kunst im Untergrund, an open, international program of art in public space as part of the nGbK in Berlin. She has taught at the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Hildesheim.

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Biennale für Freiburg is a new platform for contemporary art in Freiburg. In close collaboration with the invited artists and local actors, new formats and artworks are developed especially for the Biennale that create explicit references to the city and activate it as a field of experimentation: They reveal hidden stories, provoke unexpected experiences, and create moments of interchange and contact. The Biennale’s multi-layered program presents and mediates contemporary art beyond institutional spaces, puts local conditions in tension with global contexts and issues, and conveys new perspectives on the city.
The Biennale for Freiburg was founded in 2019 by the association “Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.” in response to the closure of the Freiburg branch of the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and the resulting question about the role of contemporary art (education) in Freiburg. The Biennale expands the cultural and artistic life in Freiburg and sets impulses for an ongoing exchange between national and international artists, artistic contexts, and the urban society.


Leon Hösl

Paula Kommoss

Lorena Juan

Biennale für Freiburg
Dreisamstr. 21
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

Lorena Juan
Artistic director

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The Biennale für Freiburg is organized by Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.

Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.
Dreisamstr. 21
79098 Freiburg

Heinrich Dietz, Chairperson
Julia Galandi-Pascual, Vice Chairperson
Yvonne Ziegler, Treasurer
Ben Hübsch

Registration court: Amtsgericht Freiburg
Registration number: VR 702810
UST ID: DE331510618

Responsible for contents according to § 10 paragraph 3 MDStv: Lorena Juan, managing director

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