Curriculum Vitae

In 2019, Dr. des. Ina Jessen received her doctorate at the Art History Department of the University of Hamburg with her dissertation A German painter. Otto Dix and National Socialism. Her supervisors were Prof. Dr. Uwe Fleckner and Prof. Dr. Françoise Forster-Hahn. Within the course of her post-doctoral research project, Ina Jessen is particularly concerned with aspects of the processual in art and places the ephemeral, which is in the process of active dissolution, in her research focus in a material-specific, iconographic, institution-critical and thus socially reflective manner.

Since 2013, Ina Jessen has been working as a research assistant to Prof. Françoise Forster-Hahn (University of California, Riverside) and from 2014 as a member of the “Degenerate Art” research unit at the Department of Art History (University of Hamburg) as part of a research project on the art trade under National Socialism, which was financed by third-party funds.

Since 2015 Ina Jessen has been teaching at University on topics related to Dieter Roth, Otto Dix and political iconography, provenance research, with a focus on printing techniques, as well as ephemeral art materials and corresponding art historical approaches. In many cases, she realizes forms of cooperation with exhibition houses, artists, workshops, printing houses or galleries in the context of her seminars. Her aim is to introduce students to different actors in the field of fine arts and to to expand the scope of perspectives and ways of dealing with artistic products.

Since 2019 Ina Jessen has been carrying out a research project in cooperation with the Griffelkunst-Vereinigung Hamburg e.V., in which she conducts basic research on the activities of the association during the National Socialism in Germany (1933-1945).

Ina Jessen has been active as curator since 2012. Until 2015, she was curator of the Dieter Roth Museum (Hamburg), where she continues to act as a scientific advisor to the Dieter Roth Foundation. She realizes exhibitions in cooperation with (inter)nationally renowned as well as regional exhibition houses as curator solo as well as in curator teams. Since 2015 she has also been responsible for the collection of the Hans Holtorf estate (Flensburg).

Ina Jessen received research grants from the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles) and other foundations. Her publications include numerous contributions to Classical Modernism, especially Otto Dix, as well as artistic positions such as Dieter Roth, Eat Art- and material contexts. Recently, Dr. Isabella Augart and Dr. des. Ina Jessen edited the volume Metabolisms. Food as Art Material. The publication goes back to the conference in 2017 (cooperation partners: Warburg-House – University of Hamburg – Dieter Roth Museum).

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