Yana Wernicke (*1990) is a German photographer currently based in a small town close to Frankfurt am Main. Her work often revolves around the photographic depiction of animals and humankind’s relationship to nature and other beings.

In collaboration with the photographer Jonas Feige, she worked on the project Zenker, which addresses the history of German colonialism in Cameroon. A book of the project was published by Edition Patrick Frey in 2021.

Her most recent work is a portrait of two young women who have established profound relationships with animals and an exploration of the ideas of species loneliness and interspecies relationships. The project will be published as a photobook in the spring of 2023 by Loose Joints.

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Books

Solo Exhibitions

    • 2018
      Zenker, Botanical Museum Berlin as part of the European Month of Photography
    • 2016
      ZustandsZone Hamburg
    • 2015
      Goethe Institut Kolkata
    • 2015
      Bildband Berlin, Berlin

Residencies, talks, lectures

    • 2022
      SÅM Lessinia, artist residency curated by Federico Clavarino
    • 2020
      Guest lecturer at Bauhaus Universität Weimar for two semsters
    • 2018
      Teaching a one-month workshop, hosted by the Chennai Photo Biennale and the Goethe Institut Chennai
    • 2018
      Artist talk for the class of the Northeastern University Boston during their Berlin visit
    • 2018
      Artist talk at Beyond the Ring, Berlin
    • 2015
      Artist residency with the Goethe Institut Pune
    • 2015
      Photography workshop in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Kolkata
    • 2014
      Artist residency in Deauville as part of Planche(s) Contact Festival

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Awards

Group Exhibitions

    • 2022
      Trails, group exhibition »Tre Apprendisti«, Bosco Chiesanuova, curated by Federico Clavarino
    • 2021
      A wie Advent, Z wie Zoff Ein Weihnachts-ABC, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin
    • 2019
      Aperture Summer Open: Delirious Cities New York
    • 2019
      Fotodoks Festival Munich
    • 2019
      Gegenwarten Deutschland – Technische Sammlungen Dresden
    • 2018
      Futures »Narratives« at unseen
    • 2018
      Zenker, Odesa Photo Days Main Exhibition
    • 2017
      Zenker, Athens Photofestival Main Exhibition
    • 2016
      Photobastei Zürich
    • 2016
      Voices | 六重奏 at TAN Gallery Beijing
    • 2016
      Habseligkeiten at Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
    • 2015
      Being Woman hosted by Goethe Institut Pune
    • 2015
      Delhi Fotofestival, Young German Photographers curated by Goethe Institut India International Centre, New Delhi
    • 2015
      Fotohaus Parisberlin Voies-Off Festival, Arles
    • 2015
      Wiesbadener Fototage Ministerium für Wissenschaft & Kunst Wiesbaden
    • 2015
      Opus Fotopreis Galerie der Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar Saarbrücken
    • 2015
      Der Greif Guest-Room at Galerie f5,6 Munich
    • 2015
      Jury's Choice Slide Show Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier
    • 2014
      Planche(s) Contact Festival Deauville
    • 2014
      #achtens – Ostkreuzschule Abschlussausstellung SEZ
    • 2014
      A process, organized by German magazine Der Greif, Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus Augsburg
    • 2013
      Wiesbadener Fototage Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst Wiesbaden
    • 2013
      Ihr könnt euch niemals sicher sein Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus
    • 2012
      Vous ne pouvez jamais être sûr Passerelle Centre d'art contemporain Brest