Dr Wiebke Leister
Wiebke Leister is a German artist and writer, who studied photography at the University in Essen and gained a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. She is currently the Researcher In Residence at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, and will be creating a new PARC Fieldstudy Publication in 2015 , looking at the use of whitened face in different performance practices.
Wiebke is course leader for MA Photography at the London College of Communication and has also taught fine art photography at Fachhochschule Bielefeld and Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. She is also a co-organizer of the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary research hub at LCC and has been involved in several collaborations with PARC, including two conferences at the National Portrait Gallery in London (‘The Impossibility of Neutrality – Photography after the Age of the Document´ 2008, and ´Inside and Outside the Codes of the Photo Archive´ 2007) as well as several projects with MA Photography students, including a publication (Fieldstudy 8, 2006), two exhibitions at Fachhochschule Bielefeld (‘MAP Reading Abroad’ 2007, and ‘Reports from an Ordinary Satellite’ 2010) and another exhibition in Prague (‘Family Archives Lost and Found’ 2008).
Wiebke's research 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. PARC commissioned her artist publication ´Lovers, Liars and Laughter´(Fieldstudy 11), which was launched with a performance at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in November 2008 and displayed as an outdoors installation at the Elephant and Castle roundabout during the summer of 2009.
Recent academic publications include ´Performing Laughter´ (About Performance 8, 2008: 209-228), ´Mona Lisa on a Bad Day, or: The Impossibility of Neutrality and the Non-Likeness of Photographic Portraiture´ (Journal of Photography and Culture 3.2, 2010: 153-174), ‘Ever After’ (Journal for Visual Communication 8, 2011: 401-418) and 'Photography In‐the‐Round: Gerhard Richter's "48 Portraits", 1972 and 1998' (Photographies 7.2, 2014: 217-246).