From September 2020, Laura Herman will be the new course director of the postgraduate Curatorial Studies programme and the coordinator of the MA Fine Arts Master in Visual Arts programme at KASK & Conservatory. She will take over from Antony Hudek, who has become director of the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, and from Simon Delobel, who is now director of KIOSK. With the arrival of Laura Herman, both graduate programmes are embarking on a promising new chapter.
Laura Herman (°1988, Brussels) is a curator, writer and editor. 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. She was editor of De Witte Raaf, a bimonthly art journal distributed in Belgium and The Netherlands. 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 a theory tutor at the department of Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, 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). Herman 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.
Laura Herman: 'I look forward to contributing to the further development and internationalisation of the Curatorial Studies and Fine Arts programmes of KASK Conservatorium – School of Arts in a close and constructive dialogue with Ghent University and S.M.A.K. (Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent). As we look ahead to a 'new normal', an opportunity presents itself to look at the world openly again; to focus our attention on what is desirable, rather than return to predetermined formats and fixed habits of mind. I believe we can offer students a versatile and challenging platform that invites critical reflection on artistic and curatorial practices. By drawing on the expertise of a broad and diverse network of cultural practitioners, I hope that these practices will be able to develop to their full potential.'
Lars Kwakkenbos: 'Over the past years Laura has developed an impressive career in the art world, both in Belgium and beyond. She knows our school inside out and her personal interests and ambitions match remarkably well with ours. We are looking forward to writing a new chapter together in our story of Curatorial Studies and our Master of Fine Arts. The synergy of those two challenges is promising and will embed Curatorial Studies in the artistic field of Ghent in a sustainable way, in an open dialogue with the partners of Curatorial Studies, i.e. Ghent University and S.M.A.K.'