Curatorial Studies

Laura Herman

Laura Herman

Course Director / Curatorial Vocabularies

laura.herman@hogent.be

Laura Herman (°1988, Brussels) is a curator, writer, and editor. Her curatorial interest and lines of enquiry span radical pedagogies, feminist curatorial methodologies and modes of writing, architectural history and theory, and design & visual cultures. Since 2020, she is Course Director of the Curatorial Studies postgraduate programme, a one-year course established in 1999 by KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts of HOGENT and Howest, Ghent University and the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (S.M.A.K.).

Previously, Herman served as a curator at La Loge in Brussels, a space dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and theory, where she curated Learning from Artemisia by Uriel Orlow, Palais de Justice by Carey Young, Despina by Zoë Paul, among other projects. Between 2016 and 2020, she was editor of De Witte Raaf, a bimonthly art journal distributed in Belgium and The Netherlands, and a theory tutor at the department of Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Between 2018 and 2020 Herman was curator of The New Sanctuary, the 12th Satellite programme at Jeu de Paume in Paris, CAPC in Bordeaux, and the Museo Amparo de Puebla in Mexico.

She is co-editor of The Floor is Uneven. Does It Slope? (Mousse Publishing, 2019) and co-author of publications including Herewith the Clues (Sternberg Press, 2019) and Experience Traps (Motto Distribution, 2018). Laura’s reviews and essays have appeared in Mousse, Frieze, Spike Art Quarterly, Metropolis M, Bomb, and elsewhere, and she has (co-)curated exhibitions and events including Family Fictions, an exhibition at Extra City Kunsthal (2019), Natural Capital (Modal Alam), an exhibition and online publication (www.naturalcapital.online) produced in the context of Europalia Indonesia’s Curatorial Award in collaboration with Charlotte Dumoncel D’Argence and Offshore Studio (Bozar, Brussels, 2018), Definition Series: Infrastructure at the Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, 2016), Third Nature at the Hessel Museum (New York, 2016), The Office for Doubts and Desires at P!, (New York, 2016), and Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams at Marres (Maastricht, 2013). Between 2013 and 2015, Laura served as an assistant curator at Z33, House for Contemporary Art.

She is a Board member of Auguste Orts, the Brussels-based production and distribution platform founded by artists Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer, and Anouk De Clercq, of AICA, an association of international art critics, and of Outline, an independent platform that produces and supports the transdisciplinary work of Begüm Erciyas, David Weber-Krebs and Ula Sickle.

Laura received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, in 2016, and an MA in Comparative Modern Literature from Ghent University in 2010.