Dunkel war in Espenhain nicht nur die Kohle...sondern auch die zeit von 1939-1945.
Not only the coal was dark in Espenhain...but also the period from 1939-1945.

Previously a farming village in the Leipzig lowland bay, Espenhain served as a place for coal mining from 1937 onwards. These industrial plants served as preparation for the the 2nd World War. Coal was used to produce fuel for aircraft, tanks and submarines. This industrialisation required many workers: so forced labourers from different places were exploited there during the war time. 75 years after the end of the war, there is nothing in Espenhain to remind us of their fate, their work and their death.
Who needs a place of remembrance and why? What topics should such a place deal with? Does it need more than a memorial? These and other essential questions we worked out and discussed in the workshop: Leer_stelle led by the artist Luise Schröder and we put a site-specific focus on Espenhain and its surroundings.

A project by Kulturbahnhof Markkleeberg e.V. Doors to past and future
with the artists Martin Haufe and the historian Martin Baumert
Kulturbahnhof e.V. Doors to past and future

Strange days - Erinnerung ist ein Gespenst

Presentation & Website

Strange days - Erinnerung ist ein Gespenst
was an online presentation and discussion between the video artists Alisa Berger, Natacha Nisic, Luise Schröder and Dr. Doris Krystof (K21, Düsseldorf). It was organized by Katja Stuke, the co-director of the Künstlerverein Malkasten. Strange Days - Erinnerung ist ein Gespenst took on the hybrid form, between online presentation, interview, photographs, video works, a virtual meeting and a poster series in public space. The website is available on MALKASTEN.ORG/CULTURE-LOOP

The project was supported by Frauenkulturbüro NRW and Kulturamt Düsseldorf and Künstlerverein Malkasten.



Sunday February 9th, 2020 2.30pm - 4pm
Monday February 10th, 2020, 12am - 8pm
Motorenhalle Dresden, Germany

# WOD REQUIEM FÜR DIE LEBENDEN A colloquium on current perspectives of commemoration and mourning. How to commemorate relevant historical and societal events: Inputs and Discussion by Luise Schröder (artist) / Anke Hannemann (researcher) / Horst Hoheisel (artist). The event was presented by Denise Ackermann (Riesa efau. Kultur Forum Dresden). Under the title „Requiem für die Lebenden“ different cultural institutions in Dresden #WOD Weltoffenes Dresden invited for a joint consideration and reflection of Dresden’s commemoration policy against the background of current perspectives of culture and art, activism and architecture.



October 7th - 9th, 2019
Bundesakadmie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel

Remember - An artistic reflection on monuments and places of remembrance
What is currently remembered in public space, how and by whom? What is considered collectively significant and worth remembering, that it is passed on and preserved? How can art contribute to a reflexive historiography and question existing memories anew? And last but not least: How can memory be shaped in an increasingly diverse and technological world and what artistic forms are suitable for this? Based on these issues and topics, the seminar will practically deal with monuments and places of remembrance in public space using the local example of Wolfenbüttel - for example, the memorial site, which is the only one in Germany to be located in an ongoing prison. The intention of the seminar is to enable the participants* to develop artistic approaches, which allow complexity and diversity to become visible in relation to memories and commemoration.

Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Remember

Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Remember webblog

Fragen stellen 2018

Art Mediation

February - May 2018
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

Was kann ein Museum sein? - What kind of place is a museum?
Was ist mir besonders wichtig? - What is important to me?
Wie wollen wir zusammen leben? - How do we want to live together?
Was können wir tun? - What can we do?

Fragen stellen -Asking questions was an art education project of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig in cooperation with the language coach institute Leipzig in 2018. During four joint meetings the participants, the artist Luise Schröder and the art mediator Lena Seik asked questions, looked for suitable answers and made them visible. Occasions for this were the locations of the museum, ideas concerning the exhibitions and also art pieces themself, that were discovered and experienced by the participants. The questions and answers questions were linked to life situations, previous experiences or interests. The final exhibition of the project took place at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig from June 29 - September 23, 2018.

Project team: Lena Seik, art mediator, GfZK and Luise Schröder, visual artist
Participants: Students of two youth integration courses (people from 18 to 27 years), a literacy course (people who are acquiring their first knowledge of the German language) and a women integration course (18-27 years) of the language coach institute Leipzig and their teachers.

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig Fragen stellen 2018

Our city - our history


July 16 - 18, 2018
HALLE 14, Center for Contemporary Art at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei

The workshop Our city - our history was a summer project that accompagnied the exhibition Requiem for a failed state at Halle 14 in Leipzig. Young people between 14 and 18 years dealt with the aftermath of the former GDR. Together with the photographer Luise Schröder, the participants exchanged and discussed stories, memories and objects from the time of the GDR were exchanged and discussed. In a second phase of the workshop the participants developed and created their own research and created very individual photographic approaches to express their ideas and thoughts.

HALLE 14 Art mediation program

Fragen stellen 2017

Art Mediation

March-June 2017
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany

Fragen stellen - Asking questions was an art education project of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig in cooperation with the Language Coach Institute Leipzig. During a total of four meetings the participants asked questions - about the exhibitions, the artworks, the museum, the professional world and life itself. During the project they searched for answers and ideas. It was never certain, whether they will find exactly the answers, they were looking for. Sometimes new questions instead of answers popped up.

Project team: Lena Seik, art mediator and Luise Schröder, visual artist
Participants: two youth integration courses (18-27 years) of the Language Coach Institute Leipzig and their teachers

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig Fragen stellen 2017



November 2011 - September 2012
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

The project HOSGELDINIZ.TR, WELCOME.CO.UK, WILLKOMMEN.DE was an exchange project between young people from Turkey, Germany and Great Britain. By using the internet spatial, linguistic and national boundaries and limits were addressed and overcome in a non-verbal way. Visual and auditory media such as photos, video and sound were used for transforming ideas from questions into answers. The entire process of the project was presented in three exhibition formats in the respective home towns of the participating groups.


Learning for Life?


February 28, 2012, March 6, 2012, 9am - 2pm
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

What does your school mean to you?
What do you like, what would you like to change?
What do you want from your school?

In a two-day project, the art mediation department of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, together with students from different types of schools in Leipzig, exchanged experiences, ideas and visions on topics such as freedom, duty and fun, knowledge, learning and school. Together they developed visions for a fair and life-oriented school. The project was prompted by the scenarios of the Norwegian curator Tone Hansen and the artist Ane Hjort Guttu, who put together an exhibition program on the subject of schooling and education in the exhibition "Scenarios about Europe" within the museum.

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig Art mediation

Plattforma 11


September 10 - 19, 2011, Leipzig/Lindenau, Germany

platforma11 was an international and interdisciplinary project week in Leipzig and Markkleeberg, Germany, which aimed to create an OPEN SPACE process reflecting on the topics “art, politics and education” and their relationship to one another. Around 50 young people from Germany, Western- and Eastern Europe, Russia, North Afrika and Israel with interdisciplinary approaches worked together in organizing workshops, panels and lectures as well as exhibitions, concerts, performances and interventions.

plattforma 11

Counter-publics or shaping the mainstream

Lecture & Discussion

Media & Communication /Counter-publics or work on the mainstream
Perspectives on critical video work

September 23, 2011 at 7pm
RAW-Tempel, Intelligenz-Raum, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

With videoactivists from «leftvision» und Luise Schröder

Video activism is a form of political practice within democratic, social-emancipatory movements. Video activists want to motivate their audience to become active themselves. The consumerism of the viewers should be should be broken through. We want to reflect practical experiences with selected video works and discuss with the audience their trained viewing habits. Questions such as how the actors deal with the integration forces of the mainstream, the location of activists in the field of tension between left-wing positions and moderate mainstream, and the significance/relevance of struggles for hegemony will be debated. This lecture is part of the project «Weitwinkel – Kunst.Kultur.Politik (19-25.09.2011) initiated by the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation Berlin.