After a prior study of cultural anthropology and ethnographic film at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Freya Hattenberger studied media art with priorities on video performance and staged photography at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne/ Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. She graduated with distinction and attended for a postgraduate Master of Fine Arts the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.
In 2007 she received the prize for „expanded media – Medien im Raum“, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, in 2008 the Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Bursary as well as the award for young artists of the Ministry of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Freya Hattenberger spend artist residencies in Paris, Dijon, Valenciennes and Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at (a.o.) NCCA - Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Galerie Rudolfinum (Praha), Transmediale Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Ausstellungshalle für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Münster), Kunsthalle Bremen, MARTa (Herford), Videotage (Hongkong) and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

Works of Freya Hattenberger are in the Collection of the Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund and in the collection of the Musée de Beaux Arts, Nantes, in the collection of CRP/ Centre régional de la photographie, Douchy-les-Mines as well as IMAI – inter media art institute, Düsseldorf.
Her video works are distributed by V-Tape, Toronto, Canada and by IMAI – inter media art institute, Düsseldorf. She is represented by the Gallery Bräuning Contemporary Hamburg.

Body and (social) space are the central aspects of her work as an artist and author. Her pieces concern female identity and questions of representation. They deal with structures of perception, behavior and question common formats of the social fabric.

In cooperation with the sound artist Peter Simon, Freya Hattenberger realizes sound art projects, performances and installations.