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Berlin and London
Anja Henckel studied history, geography, fine art, media culture and critical practices in Berlin, London, and Leipzig. In 2012, she co-founded the nonprofit space Import Projects in Berlin and has since developed a platform for cultural production and timely debate. She operated as communications developer for the cultural station Ikono TV Berlin and project manager for Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary foundation in Vienna from 2014 to 2015. She began coordinating and conducting educational tours for EF Education First in 2007 followed by Trafalgar Tours and Niche Art and Architecture Tours in 2012.
Anja is dedicated to interdisciplinary exchange, which plays a prominent role in her projects and is part of various think tanks mainly devising methods to enrich research and to further creative processes. Since 2012, for instance, she has been part of an initiative developing concepts for the Antarctic Biennale and co-curated the first Antarctic Pavilion Antarctopia 2014 in Venice. She co-curated the group exhibition Desert now at Steve Turner in Los Angeles in 2016 and organised events for Cycle Music and Art Festival in Reykjavik and Berlin from 2015 to 2017, in addition, supported their collaboration with the Icelandic Academy of the Arts Reykjavik. She participated in events like Performing Encounters: Art in the Age of Earthquakes at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin titled Call of Duty for cultural institutions, the annual Explore Conference at The Royal Geographical Society London advocating for the initiation of an Antarctic Biennale. Recently she shared a discussion at Kings College London on The Ethics of Impropriety and Precarious Encounters, participated in an in-depth workshop series on Learning Unlearning in an AI-driven world during the annual Berlin Gazette conference named Ambient Revolts. She also organised and moderated a discussion on the Likes and Dislikes of today’s digital condition during the Revision Summit Berlin in November 2018 and currently co-curates one of three commissioned partner projects named Study Circles for the transmediale edition of 2019 in Berlin.