Wiebke Leister is a German artist and writer living in London. She studied photography at the University in Essen and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. As well as teaching on the photography programmes at the London College of Communication and at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, she has exhibited and published her work internationally. Her research investigates the nature of photographic portraiture beyond the limitations of depicting individual likeness –focussing on representations of faciality, including the laughing, mocking or kissing mouth in relation to its facial canvas. She is a co-founder of the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub and a core member of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the University of the Arts London, and she has also worked in different museum contexts, organizing conferences and exhibitions.