NS-Doku Zentrum, TO BE SEEN  Foto: © orla connolly

Artist Statement

Ranging across photography, installations, collages and sculptures and social art projects, her practice negotiates a vast openness in conjunction with an intense focus on social realities, visibilities and cultural codes. Lena Rosa Händle’s works critically reflect on socio-critical, political, historical and ecological issues and foreground, utopian potentials for more livable futures.


Her work was has been widely shown in Vienna and abroad, in exhibitions such as TO BE SEEN. Queer Lives 1900-50, NS-Documentation Center, Munich, Germany (2022/23);  Unreleased Materials/ErrorScapes, 6th Triennial of expanded media, Arts Association of Serbia (ULUS), Belgrade/Serbia (2022), NO FEAR EVERY BODY, Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig (2022), Thank You for Shopping with Us!, Hybrid Artfair, Madrid (2021), Handel & Wandel, Schöneberg Museum, Berlin (2021), Kunst(re_public), Halle 14, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, (2020); To Care is Revolutionary, FOTO WIEN, (2019); Guerilla der Aufklärung, Rotor, Graz (2019), Quidarse es revolucionario, Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor, Santander, Spain (2018), Lesbian Visions, Schwules Museum Berlin, (2018),  I (We) Feel Seen, SOHO in Ottakring, Wien (2018), I Dreamed We Were Alive, Kunst Haus Wien (2017), WIN/WIN, purchase of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, Halle 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig (2016), Uncanny Materials, Founding Moments of Art Education, xhibit, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2016), Reclaiming Gestures, Kubus EXPORT – der Transparente Raum, Wien (2015), (2012 ), Il popolo delle libertà, Italienische Reise/Viaggio in Italia, Werkschauhalle, Leipzig (2012), Laughing Inverts, Alpha Nova Galerie Futura, Berlin (2012), among many others.


Lena Rosa Händle has been awarded with a number of scholarships, among others of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria State Scholarship Photography (2021), Start-Scholarship Photography 2018), work Scholarship of the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the Rosa Luxemburg Scholarship for outstanding students.


She was Artist in Residence of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, in Berlin, FREE AWAY (2025), London (2022) and New York City (2017), as well as Artist in Residence of Orbital/das weisse haus in Santander, Spain (2018), among others.


She is author of the artist book Laughing Inverts (Kehrer Publisher, 2015) and was nominated for the German Photobook Award, (2016) .


Her work is part of the Public Art Collection, Dresden, the Public Art Collection of the City of Vienna (MA7), the Collection of the Gay Museum, Berlin and the Collection of the Tempelhof- Schöneberg Museum, Berlin.


2013-17 She was assistent professor at the Department of Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


Since 2018 she is studio artist at studio das weisse haus in Vienna, Austria.



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p d f  Portfolio, english, 08/2021