Dr. Lena Fritsch
Dr. Lena Fritsch is the author of the essay in our publication Whisper of the snow by the Japanese photographer Juri Ishiwata. She is a specialist in 20th- and 21st-century Japanese art and photography, and works as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Her monographs on Japanese photography include Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese photography since 1945 (Thames & Hudson 2018, Japanese version with Seigensha 2018); The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s (Georg Olms 2011), and an English-language edition of Moriyama Daido’s Tales of Tono (Tate Publishing 2012). Fritsch has published exhibition catalogues and essays on a wide range of modern art, including the work of A.R. Penck, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Philip Guston, Alberto Giacometti, Agnes Martin, and Morimura Yasumasa.
Before joining the Ashmolean, Fritsch worked as a curator at Tate Modern, co-curating the large-scale retrospectives Giacometti (2017) and Agnes Martin (2015), and curating displays of works by Ai Weiwei and Simryn Gill. She was previously employed at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin. Fritsch holds a PhD from Bonn University and studied Art History, Japanese studies and English studies at Bonn University and Keio University, Tokyo. She has taught at the University of Oxford and Art Academy Munster.