Iva Jankovic
January 23, 2015

Meet the persona behind the Exhibition @ betahaus Cafe

Here meet the wonderfully talented photography artist Paola Lesina. Next time you pass by or sit in our Cafe, take moment and indulge in her shots!

What do you do and how would you label yourself as an artist?

Photography came to me very naturally. Basically I love to look around, I try to live close to real people and real things, and photography always reminds me about that. I would love to be labelled as the artist that shares experiences, having the chance to talk about it and always meeting good people.

Where are you based?

I’m living in between Berlin and Torino.

Where can we find you on the web and how would you describe your style?

You can find me at either lou-echo.tumblr.com/  or cargocollective.com/Paola-Lesina.

My style is Cold, true with some groove.

How has your style changed over time?

I wouldn’t say it has changed, I’d rather say that you can see the rise in confidence in myself and work. Reason why the social aspect is something increasingly present in my projects.. I started with analogic camera and I’m still in love with that, it helps me giving these moments more though, more value.

What is your favourite piece of work to date?

I’m running a project in the country side of Italy regarding "the sense of not belonging”, it is really metaphoric and figurative.

What are you other passions besides Photography?

Since I was a child I used to play around cutting and mixing images or clothes. I actually still do it as side project under the name of Lou Echo, where I work with the technique of collage. It is really exciting and rousing, you get to discover something new about yourself every time.

What project would you say has impacted you the most?

Over the last few years, I spent a lot of time walking by myself and wondering about perception and beauty. I started focusing on what was around me, and I found everything I needed. My first project was about the shapes and the colours of the leaves, the sweetness and the pleasure of the nature still wins over us.

Final question... If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

This might sound a bit weird but I'd love being able to heal people. Being healthy and well is a treasure.

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Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 

You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 


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