Lena Prents is an art historian and curator. Her work focuses on the interrelation of art and exhibition practice in connection with socio-political discourses. Primary research interests: contemporary art, history of architecture, art and culture in Eastern Europe under state socialism. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation on socialist modernist architecture in contemporary art.
»Blue Box«, curator
»Going Public: On the difficulty of a public statement«: a project on the art in public space in Belarus, Lithuania, Kaliningrad and Germany, developed for the Goethe Institut, project concept and artistic director:
»West of East« in the Gallery for Contemporary Art Ў, Minsk;
in the frame of the transnational project Europe (to the power of)n:
Texts & Publications (selected):
Texts for the exhibition »Ludmila Rusava. A Total Performance« (curated by Tatiana Arcimovich), October 2015, Gallery for Contemporary Art Ў, Minsk;
»Unofficial Art in Belarus, 1980-1995«, a book of essays written by students and professors at the EHU, editor and author (in preparation);
»The Notion of Art and the Curatorial. Toward the Prospective History of Curatorship in Belarus«, in: Curatorial Lab. Polish-Belarusian Exchange of Knowledge, Poznan, 2015;
»On Cosmonauts, Female Swimmers and Pregnant Hares: Soviet Mosaics in Tbilisi«, in: Lapiashvili, Sophia / Palavandishvili, Nini for GeoAIR (Ed.), Lost Heroes of Tbilisi. Soviet Period Mosaics, Tbilisi, 2014, pp. 39-47;
»Slab Samples and Narrative Patterns. Remembrance, Identity and Autobiography in Works of Contemporary Art Dealing with Socialist Modernism«, in: Between Rejection and Appropriation. The Architectural Heritage of Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. by GWZO Leipzig, 2014, pp. 214-229;
»West of East«, in: The Europen Book, ed. by Barbara Steiner, jovis Verlag Berlin, 2013, pp. 44-56;
»Architektur der Nachkriegsmoderne im Fokus zeitgenössischer Kunst« (Architecture of Post-War Modernism in Contemporary Art Works), in: Und der Zukunft zugewandt. Potsdam und der gebaute Sozialismus, ed. by Metropolar, Potsdam, 2011, pp. 136-145.
»Value, Work & Business: Where is Art?«, in: Aleksander Komarov: Estate. Oslo, 2010, editor and author, pp. 89-95.