Inka Schube, born in 1961 in Burg near Magdeburg, has been curator for photography and media art at the Sprengel Museum Hannover since 2001; she lives in Hannover and Berlin.
Inka Schube completed her studies in classical archaeology, cultural theory and art history at Humboldt University in Berlin with a dissertation on the response to abstract painting in art-historical discourse in the former GDR. From 1987 to 1990 she worked as a freelance curator and art-historical assistant for the Galerie Berliner Junger Künstler (‘Gallery of young Berlin artists’) in the art association Haus der Jungen Talente (‘House of young talent’) in Berlin, now called Podewil. In 1990 she founded the Galerie in der Brotfabrik (‘Gallery in the Bread Factory’) in the building of the centre for art and culture Kunst und Kulturzentrum Brotfabrik Berlin. Since then her work has focused on photography and media art. The projects she carried out in the Brotfabrik included exhibitions featuring Boris Mikhailov, Nan Goldin, Peter Greenaway and Indian bazaar photography, as well as “Heimat”, an exhibition project conceived in 1994 in connection with the war in former Yugoslavia, which, after opening in the Galerie in der Brotfabrik, was also shown at other venues, including the Photo Biennale Rotterdam.
In 1997, in response to her work on photography in the GDR in the 1980s, she was awarded an Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation scholarship for museum practice and photography. From 1998 to 2001 she was a member of various project groups affiliated to the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst in Berlin. In 2000 she curated the exhibition “Here and Now” for the Photo Biennial Rotterdam. Inka Schube has written essays for exhibition publications and journals and has also been invited to give lectures and participate in juries.
Since 2001 she has been director of the department for photography and media art at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. In 2004 she curated the exhibition “Soziale Kreaturen. Wie Körper Kunst wird” in collaboration with Patricia Drück.
She has developed exhibitions and publications on the work of Max Baumann, Sophie Calle, Stephan Balkenhol, Martha Rosler, Helga Paris, Shirana Shahbazi, Heidi Specker, Thomas Ruff, Hans-Peter Feldmann (2007) and Helen Levitt (2008).