Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger


Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger is an artist who explores the connections that surround human impact on islands and isolated environments. Since 2014 Lea has been investigating, with onsite research, small islands & isolated environments. Including the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador 2014), Faroe Islands (the North Sea 2016), Lord Howe Island (NSW 2015 ongoing), Venice (Italy 2017) & Deception Island (Antarctica 2017). Examining through immersive residencies as artist/tourist, traveller, observer, Lea’s interdisciplinary vision embraces mediums including print media, photography, drawing, new media, video, sound & installations. She looks beyond the travel guide rhetoric to create artworks and installations that examine the impact of the Anthropocene and consumerism on the Utopian destination—recently completing an Artist at Sea residency with the Schmidt 0cean Institute on board the RV Falkor. Her exhibition profile includes numerous local and international group exhibitions along with over 15 solo exhibitions around Australia.

Among Lea’s career highlights include a 2021 invitation to present a lecture at the Royal Society of NSW titled ‘Antarctica, This Ain’t No Mirage: – the value of art in disseminating scientific information’, along with her moving video work Gagged 2015, opening the Jane Goodall Symposium in Brussels by Associate Professor Monica Gagliano as part of her keynote address.

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger’s has a Master of Studio Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts University of Sydney. Her research, writings and resulting artworks have been published in peer-reviewed journals and a book. She has been invited to deliver formal lectures and over 16 papers at conferences both in Australia and around the globe.

PRESENTATION: ‘In Conversation with Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger’ by Noula Diamantopoulos

Discovering more about Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, long-time friend and MAANZ President Noula Diamantopoulos will take this opportunity to explore Lea’s artistic life. With questions that will cover some but not all of the 35 years of Lea’s art practice, from her beginnings as a painter, into her skill with mosaics and beyond. This interview will look at what drives artists to explore multiple mediums and how that style of practice can and does have numerous rewards.