Curriculum Vitae


Ina Jessen gained her doctorate with the subject A GERMAN PAINTER. OTTO DIX AND NATIONAL SOCIALISM (doctoral parents: Prof. Dr. Uwe Fleckner and Prof. Dr. Françoise Forster-Hahn). As part of her current research project, she is particularly dedicated to aspects of the processual in art and focuses her research on the ephemeral in terms of materials, iconography, institutional critique and thus social reflection.

Since 2013, Ina Jessen has worked as a research assistant for Prof. Françoise Forster-Hahn (University of California, Riverside) and from 2014 as a research assistant at the “Degenerate Art” research center of the Department of Art History (University of Hamburg) as part of a third-party funded research project on the art trade under National Socialism.


Ina Jessen is curating the exhibition DIX UND DIE GEGENWART at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2023-2024). Connecting Dix’s work with around 50 of the world’s most renowned artists in the exhibition DIX UND DIE GEGENWART, Jessen transfers her research results to the present day. In a co-curator team with Dr. Dirk Dobke, they realized the exhibition DIETER ROTH. GEPRESST GEDRÜCKT GEQUETSCHT. MATERIAL AND PRINTMAKING (Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg / Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur 2022-2023). Ann-Kathrin Hubrich and Ina Jessen co-curated the exhibition STAY. STRONG. RESILIENT. at the Kunsthaus Hamburg in 2022, where they explored the phenomenon of resilience, its origins, its effects and its potential.

Until 2015, Ina Jessen worked as a curator at the Dieter Roth Foundation (Hamburg) and continues to be the scientific contact person for the Dieter Roth Museum. As part of her curatorial activities, she has also been responsible for managing the collection of the Hans Holtorf estate (Flensburg) since 2015.


Ina Jessen has been teaching there since 2015 on topics relating to Dieter Roth, Otto Dix and political iconography, provenance research, the focus on prints as well as ephemeral art materials and corresponding art historical approaches. As part of her seminars, she often realizes forms of cooperation with exhibition venues, artists, workshops, print shops or galleries in order to introduce students to different actors in the field of visual arts and their perspectives and ways of dealing with artistic products.

And beyond that…

… Ina Jessen has received research grants and awards from the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), the Common Ground Research Network on Food Studies (New York) and other foundations. Her publications include numerous articles on classical modernism, in particular Otto Dix, as well as artistic positions such as Dieter Roth, Eat Art and Material Contexts. She is currently co-editing the Lexicon of Food as Art Material with Dr. Fabiana Senkpiel and with the collaboration of numerous authors. On a related topic, the volume edited by Dr. Isabella Augart and her METABOLISMS. FOOD AS ART MATERIAL.