Maren Lübbke-Tidow works as a writer, editor, curator, and lecturer. She lives in Berlin. Her main interest lies in discussing contemporary photography and its modes of representation in the visual arts. From 2010 to 2014 she was editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine Camera Austria International (Graz).



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Maren Lübbke-Tidow (b. 1968 in Düsseldorf) is an art historian and political scientist living in Berlin. She works as a freelance writer, editor, curator, and lecturer. From 1995 to 1997 she worked at the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, as a curatorial and editorial assistant for the following exhibition projects and catalogues: “Franz West: Proforma” (1996) and “VALIE EXPORT: Split Reality” (1997). In 1996/97 she was furthermore engaged in establishing the archive of VALIE EXPORT. From 1997 to 2017 Maren was involved in the project Camera Austria (AT). From 2011 to 2014 she was responsible not only for the content of the bilingual quarterly magazine Camera Austria International in her role as editor-in-chief, but also for the exhibition program of Camera Austria as curator.
Maren has realized various solo exhibitions with different artists, including Wolfgang Tillmans (2007), Annette Kelm (2008), Prinz Gholam / Aneta Grzeszykowska (2008), Artur Zmijewski (2009), Peggy Buth (2010), Tobias Zielony (2011), Selja Kameric / Tatiana Lecomte (2011), Michael Schmidt (2012), Stefanie Seufert / Stefan Panhans (2013), Erik van der Weijde (2014), Sven Johne (2015), Friedl Kubelka (2016), and Ingeborg Strobl (2017).  In co-operation with Photo Union (Zagreb) an exhibition with Jochen Lempert is currently in preparation. The exhibition will open at KunstHaus Vienna in April of this year, and later–in September–at the French Pavilion in Zagreb. The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist’s book. 

Furthermore, she has co-curated (with Reinhard Braun) numerous group exhibitions, including “Unexpected Encounters” (2013), “Art Is Concrete: And So Is Truth?” (2012), “Communitas: Among Others” (2011/12), “Communitas: The Unrepresentable Community” (2011), “Milk Drop Coronet: 30 Exhibitions on the Virtuosity of Thingness” (2010/11), “Then the Work Takes Place: On the Conceptual in Contemporary Photography II” (2009), “Knowing You, Knowing Me: On Complicity with Images” (2006), “First the Artist Defines Meaning: On the Conceptual in Contemporary Photography I” (2006).


A survey exhibition about contemporary still life photography will open at KunstHaus Vienna in September 2018. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.


Lübbke-Tidow has published contributions in many exhibition catalogues and magazines, the most recent ones (selection) on Andrzej Steinbach (exh. cat. Kunsthalle Bonn, 2017), Dirk Braeckman (Photonews, Hamburg, 2017), Wolfgang Tillmans (Kunstbulletin, Zurich, 2017), Seiichi Furuya (Salzburg: Edition Fotohof, 2017), Stefanie Seufert (Graz: Edition Camera Austria, 2016), and Isa Genzken (Camera Austria International, No. 134 / 2016).


Furthermore, she has published monographic essays in catalogues accompanying exhibitions like “Leaves” by Annette Kelm at Kestnergesellschaft Hannover (Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2017) and “Arbeit” by Laura Bielau at DZ Bank Frankfurt (2016), “Belegkontrolle / Document Control” by Peter Piller at Fotomuseum Winterthur (Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014) and “Jenny Jenny” by Tobias Zielony at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2013).


She is editor of the books “Friedl Kubelka: Atelier d’Expression” (Dakar) and “Erik van der Weijde, Gebilde”, accompaning her exhibitions with the artists, which were published in Graz by Edition Camera Austria (2016 and 2014).


Currently she holds lectureships at the School for Artistic Photography Vienna, the University of Cologne, and the University of the Arts in Helsinki.