Alisa Berger was born in 1987 in Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. She studied film and fine arts at the Academy of Media Art Cologne (KHM) and at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá. With her diploma film and fiction feature debut, ‘The Astronauts' Bodies’, she was nominated for the Max Ophüls Prize and for the FIRST STEPS Award of the Deutsche Filmakademie. She was also the recipient of the Best Film Award for New Directors at Int. Film Festival Uruguay and the Screenplay Award of H.W. Geißendörfer.
Alisa Berger creates films and installations, often in a collaborative process, that are accompanied, created, changed or destroyed within performative interventions. She has had solo exhibitions at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (Seoul), HMKV (Dortmund), or PATARA Gallery (Tbilisi) and participated in many group shows like the Museum Biennale (Krasnoyarsk), Kindl – Center for Contemporary Art (Berlin), KAI 10, Arthena Foundation (Düsseldorf), MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow) or the BACC Bangkok Art & Culture Center (Bangkok).
Since 2011 she has collaborated with Lena Ditte Nissen under the name bergernissen. She is co-founder of the international film production company FORTIS FEM FILM, which dedicates its work to increasing the visibility of women and their stories in film. Additionally, Berger works in sound performance and hosts a monthly show on dublab.de as a DJ.