Laura Mahnke

Based in Hamburg, Germany

Bachelor of Fine Arts

2018 – 2024
Time Based Media & Sculpture
Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) Hamburg/
2022 École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Mediterranée


Selected Shows / Projects

02/24 Think & Feel! Speak & Act!, Group show, ICAT, HFBK (with Duo Mahnke/Hoffmann)
02/24 Annual Exhibition, HFBK Hamburg
12/23 Prendre la parole, writing sessions, extended library, HFBK Hamburg
12/23 Curator (with Duo Mahnke/Hoffmann): Untitled (Mothers) – Penny Monogiou & Laure Boer
06/23 4 Days spent across my Universe, Lecture performance in the group show Nachbilder, Frappant Galerie, Hamburg
06 – 07/23 Cake & Cash & Friends, Exhibition series, MOM ART Space, Hamburg
06/23 Curator: TAP MILK, Group show, MOM Art Space, Hamburg
04 – 05/23 Situation / Condition / Position, Group show, ICAT, HFBK
04/23 Draft: Der Traum vom Staubsaugerroboter, Lecture Performance with Cake & Cash, Kunsthaus Hamburg
02/23 Reading from my Raw Journals, Lecture performance, Variety Room, HFBK Hamburg
02/23 WET, HFBK Hamburg (with Duo Mahnke/Hoffmann)
10 – 11/22 Curator: DIENST, Exhibition series, Micro Artist Residency, Bar, with Paula Hoffmann, Thilda Craquelin, Zoé Ledoux, Cora Marin, Lowri Whiskerd, Alexandra Tretter, Galerie LADØNS, Hamburg
06/21 – 08/22 Grind & Shine Inc. by Cake & Cash, program with monthly lectures, workshops, performances, bar concept, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
07/22 Friture sur la ligne, Group show, Dos Mares, Marseille
08/21 – 04/22 Grind & Shine Inc. by Cake & Cash presents, 5 part exhibition series in the showcases of Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, with Francis Kussatz, Eva Durovec, Rosh Zeeba, Svetlana Mijic, Elena Victoria Pastor
02/22 I lie on the sofa still my heart beats fast, HFBK Hamburg
12/21 Annual Editions, with Cake & Cash, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
12/21 If sweet talkin’ you could make it come true, Group show, Einstellungsraum, Hamburg
08/21 Can we work together in a world that isolates us? Panel discussion with 5 collectives, Easterfield Festival, Kunstverein in Hamburg
04 – 08/21 grind now, shine later? Series of lectures and workshops with Cake & Cash, HFBK Gallery
06/21 Verpuppungen, Group show, Galerie LADØNS, Hamburg
06/21 Future in Progress, Group show curated with Cake & Cash, HFBK Gallery
06/21 Radical Solidarity with Felisha Bahadur and Cake & Cash, experimental podcast series by Candice Breitz and Mithu Sanyal
02/21 Ectogenesis, HFBK Hamburg
12/20 SeeUTh3re #3, Duo show with Alexandra Tretter in the showcases of Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
12/20 Pop & Squat online festival, with Cake & Cash, HFBK Hamburg / HfG Offenbach
07/20 It takes place behind glass and windows, Duo show with Ali Quaiesa, HFBK
02/20 HFBK Annual Exhibition
11/19 – 7/20 Archive of Encounters, M.1, Hohenlockstedt
11/19 Founding of Cake & Cash Collective
07/19 Tamponkiosk, during Social Design, Museum for Arts and Crafts, Hamburg
06/19 Transmediale Student’s Forum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
11/18 – 7/19 Softer Spaces, HFBK Hamburg

Professions / Activism

04 – 12/21 Curatorial Internship, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
Since 2019 Commissioned photography
2018 Apprenticeship as trainer in ceramics, Grade A
Since 2017 Mother
2015 – 2017 Journeywoman (Compagnonne)
Since 2015 Work for various ceramic studios, among others: Keramik 3punktF and Kuretzky Keramik (Restoration of St. Pauli Elbtunnel)
2012 – 2015 Apprenticeship in ceramics, Grade B
2011 – 2013 Coordinator of JUP!, a queer feminist housing project with international volunteers
2010 – 2016 Active in educational politics and co-organizer of various formats that discussed topics such as feminism and anti-capitalism with people of all ages


Grants & Nominations

2024 Project Funding, HFBK
2023 Art Grant, with Cake & Cash, Zeit Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
2022 Project funding, ZGD, HFBK, Karl H. Ditze Stiftung, Hamburg
2022 Travel Grant, Office franco-allemand pour la
2022 Erasmus Travel Grant
2021 – 2022 Project funding, HFBK and BWFGB Hamburg
2021 Nominee, German Academic Scholarship Foun- dation
2016 – 2018 Grant, Chamber of Crafts Lübeck



2023 Interview with Ruchika Wason Singh for her work Seeking a Common Ground & Interview with Lauren Fournier on her platform First-Generation-Student Club
2021 SeeUTh3re #5, Podcast with Sascia Bailer