Aino Laberenz first studied art history before she assisted as a costume designer at the Schauspielhaus Bochum in the 2001/2002 season. She subsequently worked as a costume designer at various theatres including the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Schauspielhaus Zürich, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Schauspiel Frankfurt, the opera house in Manaus, Brazil, the Bayreuth Festival, the Staatsoper Berlin and the Oper Bonn. She created the costumes for several short films by Philip Reuter and has worked more recently with René Pollesch, Schorsch Kamerun and on a regular basis with Armin Petras. Besides the costumes, she also created the set for Christoph Schlingensief’s production Der Zwischenstand der Dinge. Since 2004, she has belonged to Christoph Schlingensief’s working team. In 2010, Aino Laberenz took over the direction of the Festspielhaus GmbH and continues work on the Opera Village Africa project initiated by Christoph Schlingensief in 2009. Together with the curator Susanne Gaensheimer, Aino Laberenz designed the German Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Aino Laberenz is the editor of Christoph Schlingensief’s biography, Ich weiß, ich war’s, (I Know It Was Me) published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.