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Verena Issel

Verena Issel, Gastprofessorin für Kunstpädagogik

Born 1982 in Munich, Germany; raised in Bergen, Norway, lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Verena Issel achieved her Diploma of Fine Arts at HfBK Hamburg, Faculdade de Belas-Artes Lisboa, Portugal and China Academy of Arts Hangzhou, China. She also holds a Master of Classical Philology (Latin and Greek) and Art Pedagogics of the University of Hamburg.

«Verena Issel’s modus operandi is primarily installations playfully executed, comprised of sculptural objects that retain an ephemeral quality, using materials such as foam, styrofoam, plastic or felt. Objects and materials are examined and merged into new constellations with videos and paintings. Everyday objects and ancient historical treasures are confronted with their meaning in contemporary culture. Her objects become social or antisocial, intruders or metaphors, - space holders for people’s consumption and behavior of the public and the private.» (Carola Uehlken)

Verena Issel has exhibited in places such as LWL Museum /Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, DE), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, NO), Trafo Kunsthall (Asker, NO), GAK (Bremen, DE), KOOSHK Gallery (Teheran, IR), Haus am Lützowplatz (Berlin, DE), Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, (Vladivostok, RU), Oechsner Galerie (Nürnberg, DE), UPV gallery (Seoul, KOR), Sema Nanji (Seoul, KOR), C.A.P. Kobe (JP), Treasure Hill Gallery One (Taipei, TWN), Swatch Art Peace Hotel Art Gallery (Shanghai, CN) and others.

Her work is represented by House of Egorn Gallery ( and Galerie K’ (