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Feeding Fireflies Fertile Ruins

Dani Lessnau is an artist whose artworks evolve out of her own hyper-sensitization practice, embracing her body as a medium in constant relationship. By prioritizing iterations of somatic play and pleasure-gathering in her photographic and object based work, she opens a conduit for collaboration with both the material and the immaterial, solid and unseen.  Interested in complicating habits of conventional perception surrounding pleasure, healing and creatorship, Lessnau leans into spaces where what seem to be paradoxes enfold and re-shape one another.  The alien and the familiar; the tender and the erotic; the specific and the abstract; the strong and the vulnerable, all translate and mutate.

Lessnau is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.  She studied at the International Center of Photography, received her MFA from Bard College and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine, from Pacific College of Health and Science.



2022 A Woman’s Right to Pleasure, Sotheby’s online platform

2022 Miroslav Tichy & Dani Lessnau, Galerie Javault, Paris, France

2021 Close alternative, Thesis show, Bard Exhibition center, Redhook, New York

2019 IRL: Investigating Reality, The Untitled Space, NYC

2019 Conditions of Exchange, pop up gallery at 80 Nassau street, NYC

2018 Our Souls to Keep, Field Projects, NYC

2018 Figure Fuggenti, Acta International, Rome

2018 Divina Comedia, XXXI Festival International of Sexual Diversity at Museo Universitario del Chopo

2018 Opening Reading, collaboration with D. Graham Burnett, Cambridge, MA

2017 Notas al Futuro, Galerié Breve, Mexico City

2017 Honorable mention in the annual juried competition, Baxter Street Gallery, New York.  

2017 Hidden Narratives, Rita K. Hillman Gallery, New York


Surveillance & Society - Volume 22, Number 1 (2024)
“The Pleasures in Being Seen”: An Interview with Dani Lessnau, Led by Drs. Stéfy McKnight and Julia Chan

Femmes Photographes

The Guardian

Le Corps photographe Focales [En ligne], 4 | 2020, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2020 by Marc Lenot

Ekphrasis Journal article by Alexandra Turcu


Refinery 29

W Magazine


Cultura Colectiva

Fisheye Magazine

NR Magazine

A Woman’s Right to Pleasure

Museé Magazine Issue No. 24 Identity

BUST Magazine

Rotten Magazine