Pantea Lachin was born in Tehran, lives and works in Berlin.
Her work varies between visualization, intervention in urban space and installation - in doing so,
she deals with topics like classism, gentrification & financialization as well as artistic practices that reveal
existing social structures and their interrelationships, which are often hidden as an overall picture.
She sees her artistic practice as democratic cultural work - involving self-awareness in the search for
social classification and her response to classism and racism. Thus, for her, a critical questioning of
her own role as an artist in the social system is always part of her work.
The starting point for her work is usually her biographical background. Coming from a working class
family, she immigrated to Germany at the age of 10 and grew up in very different cultures and worlds.


Statement
I am interested in the role of the arts as a mediator within the system of social production.
And I pursue the question of what functions the visual arts can take on in the society.
After all, it cannot be viewed in isolation from the economic conditions of society, because
it is also part of both economic and capitalist system.
Art can help to reveal socio-political contexts and thus contribute to a more conscious classification
of one's own situation (empowerment) and promote the ability to criticize and make decisions in a social context.
Artistic art mediation can help to create various approaches to current socio-political power structures
for a broader public and the possible involvement of the latter in processes of debate and appropriation.


Education
2016 – 2017  Further Education in the Field of Art Mediation as Cultural Strategy, University of Erfurt
2012 – 2014  Doctoral Candidate at Oxford Brookes University, Researching the Subject of
                    Social Sculpture / Joseph Beuys (quit voluntarily)
2001 – 2004  MA* in Visual Communication, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover
1997 – 2001  MA* in Interior Design, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover
2000             Studies of Product Design, Brunel University West-London
1995 – 1998  Apprenticeship as an Architectural Draftsperson in Hanover


Exhibitions, Screenings, Interventions (selection)
2020  Uferhallen Manifest, Uferhallen, Berlin
2020  Monetary Effects on Social Processes, Kotti On Air, reboot.fm
2020  How the Rich Endanger Democracy, Digital Exhibition of the Art University Kassel
2019  Fremdes Selbstbild, Künstlerinnenprogramm, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art
2019  Eigenbedarf, Uferhallen, Berlin
2019  FUTURE III, Art Festival 48h Neukölln, Leises Rixdorf, Berlin
2019  Steinlabyrinth, Hasenheide, Berlin
2018  In Situ, International Art Fair Skopje, Macedonia
2018  Ufer Open, Uferhallen, Berlin
2018  Neue Echtheit, 48h Neukölln at KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
2018  Postcardese, Zangene Art Gallery, Hamedan
2017  Assembly Line, Tarahane Azad Gallery, Tehran (Solo)
2017  SEA(S) ART, Ionion Center for Arts and Cultures, Kefalonia
2017  Shadow, Art Festival, 48h Neukölln, Berlin
2017  Postcardese, Aknoon Art Gallery, Isfahan
2016  Auditive White, Outside Pluto, Berlin (Solo)
2016  Re...Collection, 48h Neukölln at High-Res!, Berlin
2016  Foreign Affairs, Citizen Art Days, Berlin
2015  I Cant Read, G A S Station, Berlin
2015  Deine Bilder, Outside Pluto, Berlin (Solo)
2015  Video Snack, Regina Rex, NYC
2014  Winter Video Art, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2013  Open Sesame, Cooperation with J. Gaussi, apexarts NYC
2012  Forum Agenda 12, Social Sculpture Process, Free Museum Berlin
2012  Earth Forum, Diaspora > Paradiso, 48h Neukölln, Gallery Art-Uhr, Berlin
2011  Typography in Contemporary Art, Museum of the Printing Arts, Leipzig
2009  Khat Keshi, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2008  Urban Jealousy, 1st Tehran Biennial, Istanbul
2008  Type Through Our Dimension, Tarahane Azad Gallery, Tehran
2008  eMOTION, G A S Station, Berlin
2007  kodama, performance in Brooklyn, WineSpot, NYC
2006  art.fair, International Fair for 21st Century Art, Cologne
2005  Typosonic, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ingolstadt
2004  Filesharing Art Space, Berlin (Solo)


Talks, Lectures, Workshops, Art Mediation (selection)
2021/02  Talk, How to Include Neighborhoods in Anti-Gentrification Processes, Right to the City in Wedding, Uferhallen, Berlin
2020/12  Talk, My Own Artistic Practice, Contemporary Art Against Gentrification and Classism, Art University Kassel
2020/07  Talk, Visualizing Financialization, City for Everyone?, United We Talk, Berlin
2020/05  Talk, Data Research & Visualization, Financialization, Disruption Network Lab Berlin
2019/10  Talk, Connection Between Gentrification and Racism, (University of Minnesota), Aquarium Berlin
2019/05  Workshop, Art Mediation, Elementary School, Mühlhausen
2019/03  Artistic Art Mediation, Art Dialogues, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Isfahan
2018/01  Talk on Creating Alternative Methods Toward Artist Autonomy, Aknoon Art Gallery, Isfahan
2017/11  Lecture on Artistic Educational Strategies, University of Erfurt
2017/10  Workshop, doku.klasse 2017 at doxs! in Duisburg
2017/09  Workshop, Training for Educators at Thuringian Association of School Development Instutition, Jena
2017/07  Workshop, Literature Festival, LIT:potsdam 2017 in Potsdam
2012/05  Workshop, Type in Motion at Studio Tehran (with Farhad Fozouni)
2012       Seminar, Future-Oriented Reading, University of Arts, Hanover
2011       Lecture, Motion as a Communication-Tool, University of Arts, Hanover
2011/05  Talk, Kinetic Typotage, Museum of the Printing Arts, Leipzig
2011/04  Workshop on Type in Motion at HGB – Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
2010/10  Workshop on Kinetic Typography at Vije – School of Visual Communications in Tehran
2009/05  Talk on Type in SPACE at TYPO2009, Berlin
2009/05  Lecture and Discussion with Ruedi Baur on Experimental Typography at designtransfer, Berlin
2008/05  Lecture on Design and New Media at the Alzahra University, Tehran
2007       Seminar on Kinetic Typography, University of Arts, Hanover
2007       Lecture on Digital TypeDesign, University of Arts, Hanover
2006/10  Lecture on Design and Interactive Media at the Islamic Azad University of Fasa, Shiraz


Residencies, Scholarships, Awards
2018  Artist in Residence, VA Space for Contemporary Art in Isfahan
2017  Working Scholarship, Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe (Künstlerinnenprogramm)
2017  Winner of the SEA(S) ART Award 2017
2017  Scholarship Holder, docu-class of docx!, Duisburg
2017  Artist in Residence, Ionion Center for Arts and Cultures, Kefalonia
2015  Film Funding, Losito.Kressmann-Zschach Foundation
2012  Workshop Funding, Goethe Institute Tehran
2010  Project Funding, Goethe Institute Tehran
2009  Project Funding, ifa - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations
2007  Artist Scholarship, DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
2006  Art.award 06, finalist, art.fair Cologne
2004  Silver Award, Category Future, DDC


Projects (selection)
2019 –          Data Visualization and Research on the Topic >Financialisation<
2018 –          Co-Founder, Kunstblock and beyond, Berlin
2015 – 2018  Outside Pluto, a non-profit, independent project/art space in Neukölln, Berlin
2012 – 2014  Forum Agenda, developed an artistic practice within transformative processes, free museum, Berlin
2012 – 2013  Blackboards research, visualization of transformative, artistic processes, Berlin


Film-/Videography (selection)
Foreign Self-Image  Script, Sound, Cinematography, Director, GER 2020, 27 min, Experimental Documentary
Die Wir  Script, Sound, Cinematography, Director, GER 2018, 30 min, Documentary
Breeze  Script, Sound, Cinematography, Director, GER 2017, 2-Channel HD-Video, 39 min
Ben Berlin  Script, Sound, Cinematography, Director, GER 2015, 90 min, Documentary (co-directed with S.Swobodnik)
Roots  Script Sound, Cinematography, Director, GER 2007/2008, 50 min, Documentary
Foreign Affairs  German Refuge-Stories, Work-in-Progress, HD-Video, 2015 – ongoing
Re...Collection  HD-Video, 2015/2016, loop
The Right Track  HD-Video, 2015, 1′ 50″
Enchanted Forest  HD-Video, 2014, 1′ 5″
The Red Series I-III  HD-Video, 2013: Illusion 5′ 50″; Aura 1′ 40″; Assimilation 3′ 30″


Festivals
2019  DOK.fest, International Documentary Film Festival, Munich
2018 – 2016   48 Stunden Neukölln, Art Festival, Berlin
2016  Citizen Art Days, Art Festival, Berlin
2016  Achtung Berlin, New Berlin Film Award
2015  Hof International Film Festival


Press (selection)

2020  Eigenbedarf - Negotiating the city with artistic means, Book p72–73 LINK

2019  Illustration and Report on Gentrification and Art-Washing, Eigentum & Alltag, ngbk Newspaper p4–5 LINK

2019  Art Mediation with Kids, a Report LINK

2018  Interview with Gerald Pirner on my Audio Installation Auditive Image LINK

2017  Talk on Respectful Artistic-Documentary Approaches on Migration LINK

2016  ZITTY, Berlin City Magazine, Best of 48 Stunden Neukölln p76
2016  tip, Berlin Local Magazine, Kino & Film in Berlin p32
2016  INDIEKINO BERLIN, Cinema Magazine p17 LINK

2013  Enlivenment, Published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation p63 LINK

2013  FICTIONAL MEMOIRS, Motto dustribution, Book p61 LINK

2011  Garteh, Iranian Analytical-Research Magazine, Report (Persian, English) LINK

2010  Garteh, Interview (Persian) LINK

2009  Page, Design Magazine p55
2008  Tandis, Iranian Magazine - Issue 128, p11
2008  Mashgh-e Aftab, Iranian Magazine - Issue 8, p38
2008  Von der Anstrengung weniger lesbar zu sein, Book p14–16
2007  WareGrafik, Book
2007  die gesellschafter, Newspaper p15
2006  INSTANT special, Magazine p10–11
2005  Gute Gestaltung, DDC Book p224–225
2005  Page, Graphic Magazine p22
2004  Novum, Design Magazine p52


Workshop Participations (selection)
2018/11  Workshop, Art Mediation for Artists, Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V., Berlin
2016/04  Training, Code your Life, Programming with Children, Berlin
2013/05  Heart of Recognition, Kashmir Shaivism Study, Dr. Bettina Bäumer in Bir, India
2013/04  5-Days Silence Meditation Retreat with Venerable Aggacitta in Bir, India
2013/04  Teaching on Bodhicaryavatara with Dzongsar Khyentse Riponche in Bir, India
2013/04  Writing Workshop, Writing With Meaning with Janet Thomas in Bir, India
2013/04  Retreat on 7 Points of Mind Training with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in Bir, India
2013/03  2-Days Retreat on Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation in Bir, India
2013/01  10-Days Retreat on Vipassana Meditation in Triebel
2012/11  Enlivenment, Workshop at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin
2012/03  Arduino Workshop, Kinetic & Interactivity in Contemporary Arts, with Wolfgang Spahn at bbk Artists Association, Berlin
2012/02  Earth Forum with Shelly Sacks at Citizen Art Days at Freies Museum in Berlin
2011/11  iPhone/iPad Workshop, Apps in Contemporary Arts with Ivo Wessel at bbk in Berlin
2011/07  Plaster Workshop with Heike Koller at bbk, Berlin
2011/06  Modell Autodidakt, Berliner Gazette at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin
2005/05  Me, myself & you, Illustration Workshop with Bernard Stein in Berlin
2004/06  Mental Utilities, Design Workshop with Werner Aisslinger, HfG Karlsruhe
2003/05  Let It Fly, Design Workshop with Alfredo Haeberli at Manufaktur in Berlin



*According to World Education Services, a German Diplom is equivalent to having earned both U.S. bachelor's and master's degrees.