Lera Kelemen (b. 1994) is a multimedia artist currently working in London, UK. Her practice incorporates themes about post-humanism, hybridity, feminism & technology. Her artistic practice focuses on exploring the manifestation of bodies and space through the integration of partial technologies, and devising conceptually immersive environments. In her works, surfaces and textures serve as dynamic mediums for identity and embodiment.

She holds an MA in Information Experience Design from the Royal College of Art, where she graduated with Distinction and was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize for her video work Texture is Identity. She completed her Fine Arts degree in 2018, and received the Art Encounters Award for her graduation project.

Selected residencies and exhibitions include: Green Skin / Crevice solo show at Borderline Art Space (RO, 2021), I feel something, don’t know what group show at Zacheta Gallery (PL, 2021), Green Skin / Affective Interstice at Art Encounters (RO, 2021), Kunsthalle Bega residency (RO, 2019), Niki Artist-Run residency (DE, 2020), TM2023 commission (RO, 2020), Staycation group show at Catinca Tăbăcaru Gallery (RO, 2022), If Anything Else Survives at Potential Project (GR, 2021), Royal College of Art grad show (UK, 2022).

In 2022, she published her first artist book featuring a series of installations created between 2019 and 2021.

She presently works from her studio in West London at Feelium Gallery & Studios, an initiative she co-founded.

Kinaesthetic Cabin
Installation View at Kunsthalle Bega
April 2019

The cabin is made of four detachable pieces which, when assembled, determine the shape of a rectangle. Four speakers are incorporated in the shapes transforming the cabin into a resonant cavity. The audience is invited to read instructions in a small booklet and place themselves in the cabin or move the pieces around, exploring how the sonic image changes accordingly. Inside a closed shape, the body stumbles upon the limitations of the space, as well as of its own physicality. Movement is progressively inhibited as the space becomes populated with objects, either through their position, scale or materiality. These features turn into conventions that dictate, prevent or enable motion.
Multimedia Installation — Quadraphonic sound / Single channel video / Metal structure / Plaster objects / Luminescent tubes / Spray painted MDF boards / Digital print