Isabella Streffen creates exhibitions and encounters. She likes looking at things that she shouldn’t. She is interested in why we want to tease the invisible into visibility, and our anxiety as this starts to happen in politics, technology and perception. She is fascinated by institutional narratives and power relations, and in the conditions of reading and writing art after the internet.

Isabella Streffen currently lives in Northamptonshire and her work has featured in exhibitions, screenings and performances in the UK and internationally. These include solo exhibitions Requisite at historic Alderman Fenwick’s House, Aeronaut at 25SG and The Enlistment at Arlington Cemetery. Recent group exhibitions and screenings include Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art; What’s To Hand at SIA in Sheffield, The New Black at Resonate 2015 in Belgrade, Magnificent Distance at Newcastle’s Globe Gallery, and 5×5 in Washington DC. Streffen’s Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall won a gold British Tourism Award in 2010. Streffen was resident in The Library of Congress in 2010/11 where she produced Hawk & Dove and at the Terra Foundation in Giverny in 2011. She received an MFA from Newcastle University in 2008, and completed her PhD in Fine Art in 2012. She also works as co-editor of the And Or Project, and as Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln. You can see her work in the Nuclear Culture Sourcebook from Black Dog, in COBRA RES 1.9 Flash Fiction from COBRA Press, and in Show Me The Money from Manchester University Press


this list is in process, please be patient…


thisistomorrow Cathy Wade 12/03/2015

Prosthetic Knowledge 03/09/2014

Animal Marina Galperina 21/08/2014

ArtNet Ben Davies 17/10/2014

The Year’s Best Art On The Internet, Marina Galperina for fastcompany

Interview with Lorna Mills about Ways of Something, 15/01/2015, Creator’s Project

The Commons of Aggregation: the case for net art as public art, Joseph Henry, MOMUS, 27/10/2014

Show Me The Money review, Corridor 8, Thomas Hopkin, 22/08/2014

Show Me The Money discussion on Radio 3 Nightwaves, 12/06/2014

Show Me The Money, The Guardian, 13/06/2014

Show Me The Money review, David Whetstone, Newcastle Journal, 15/07/2014

High Finance Abstractions Made Visible, Chris Tighe, Financial Times, 2/07/2014

March art preview, 5×5, Washington Post,

5×5, Washington Post, 30/03/2012

New York Times, 22/12/2011

DC Commission press list for 5×5


The Complexities of Drones in Art, Adam Rothstein, Creator’s Project, 21/11/2014

Hawk & Dove, Art Around

Full of Hot Air, Library of Congress blog, 19/03/2012

Zeppelins Rising, DC Public Library blog, 26/03/2012

Drones are descending on the art world, Adam Rothstein, The Daily Dot, 15/1/2015

Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall Wikipedia page

Legions of sightseers attend Hadrian’s Wall illumination, The Guardian, Martin Wainwright, 14/03/2010

Hadrian’s Wall in Giant Light Show, The Independent, Sean Williams, 16/03/2010

Hadrian’s Wall lit by ‘line of light’, The Telegraph, Julie Henry, 13/03/2010