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  Janne Bender 

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    born 1951     

                              at the age of four engaged in creating weird three-dimensional objects from paper                         

    1963                  taking up photography with equal enthusiasm + an Agfa Clack

                              „life – accompanying“ literary, autobiographical and journalistic writing ...

                               ... since I was able to hold a ballpoint / pen / cil

    1970 - 1977      student at the universities of Freiburg, Göttingen, and at University College London                                         

    1977 - 2017      teacher at a Berlin highschool; resident of Kreuzberg

    since   1980      starting on drawing, painting and collage inspired by talks with the psychoanalyst

                              Prof. Dr.  Wolfgang Hochheimer (1906 - 1991)  

                              continously dealing with photography; paper works; occasional videos

    1984 - 1985      drawing / painting classes at adult education centre

    1998                 "A Blow-up of Café Germania-Palast, 1928/1998" (today Berliner Bank, Mehringdamm 32-34)       

                              [very large  framed blow-up of an original picture postcard showing the interior of

                              the location + collage including the handwritten message on the reverse side of the postcard]

                              Various "blow-ups"  of private photographs

    2009                 acquiring basic skills of digital image processing with Adobe Photoshop                                          

    2011/2017       potpourris

    2020                A pretty bad fall which injured my right leg has been the reason for some new motifs in my photos and an increase in

                            writing activities.



Galerie Jeda, Berlin (1987)

Galerie Djesany (Kani Alavi), Berlin (1989)

Galerie La Girafe, "Anthologia - Vom Sammeln der Blumen" (2011)



Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Kreuzberg (three artists) (2002)                                              

Große Steglitzer Kunstausstellung, Campus Klinikum Benjamin Franklin (1998/1999/2000)

QuerschnittKreuzberg (until 1999), oberbaumArtbrücke (2003), Heiligkreuzkirche, Berlin:

Art Auction for the benefit of refugees (2002 –2005)                                                                                                                         

'Künstler im Kiez', former Café Mora, Berlin-Kreuzberg (2011)




Essay about flat - hunting in the feuilleton of the local newspaper (Göttingen 1973)

Publication of a number of poems in the literary magazine "Das Nachtcafé" (Freiburg /Göttingen, 1975, 1976)


In 2003, after three years of research into the entanglement of my father and his parapsychological institute in

the Nazi era in Strasbourg, my academically acknowledged study was published. It was accompagnied by

public talks and later served as a door - opener for further research:

Moragiannis, Janne: Parapsychologie an der »Reichsuniversität Straßburg«. Hans Bender und die

grenzwissenschaftliche Abteilung am »Institut für Psychologie und Klinische Psychologie«, 1941–1944.

In: Le Détour. Revue des Sciences Humaines.  Nouvelle série 1 (2003) – Nomades et clandestins

(Éditions Histoire & Anthropologie, Strasbourg/France), S.155–176 (in deutscher Sprache).


Many publications on internal platforms  at my school

Letters to the editor (i.e. to taz, die tageszeitung)

"Brand im Wäldchen des Ostparks", with documentary photos, published on www.gleisdreieck-blog.de (24/4/2019)


Self – publishing of various literary  texts as well as essays to accompany current exhibitions on this website.

A one-year  project was "Walking Through  Park am Gleisdreieck" (2018/19). The result is a large collection of (mostly) ten-word 

poems which were written after frequent visits there. There was a reading session of some of the park poetry by

invitation of Moeckernkiez e.V. on Sept. 15, 2019. To underline the flow, my performance included clips of the

lovely music created by Canadian jazz musician Jane Bunnett "and .the Cuban piano masters".


Apart from continuing to write poems in different tones, I presently focus on stories who circle around female

protagonists that will  be finally interrelated to each other. I follow up on the project of a novel, again circling around

a group of women in Berlin. This had been interrupted by Covid19, as the virus had blown up both the original plot and structure!


As enriching opportunities for literary exchange I used to take part in some of the weekly Monday readings organized

by Autorenforum Berlin e.V. I am also grateful for the offers from Lettrétage (Mehringdamm 61, Berlin).