Antwerp Photo Curators Programme

24-27 Jun 2021
Visitors programmeAntwerpen
A tailor-made programme for a small group of international curators.

.tiff in het FOMU

The curators programme is organised on the occasion of the second edition of AntwerpPhoto Festival and the opening of the .tiff exhibition at FOMU focussing on young Belgian photography.

This visitor’s programma is tailor-made for a small group of curators, including exhibitions, portfolio reviewing sessions, a curated tour of Antwerp’s vibrant art scene as well as professional social events. 

The participating curators and experts are:

Anne Lacoste

(c) Julien Pitinome

Anne Lacoste is the director of the Institut de la Photographie in Lille, France. She holds a doctorate in art history from La Sorbonne University, where her thesis was devoted to the beginnings of photographic practice associated with the sciences of antiquity in the East.

After five years of experience at Christie’s in Paris and London, she began her career as a curator in the Photographs Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2005. Subsequently she was curator of exhibitions at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne from 2011 to 2017. Her exhibition and publication projects cover the history of photography from monographs on Felice Beato, the Nadars, Paul Strand, Irving Penn, Philippe Halsman and Martine Franck to more general studies on portraiture, the Photomaton, the history of the slide, American documentary photography and the emerging international photography scene.

Anne Lacoste also worked on important photographic archives such as those of the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France, the iconographic collection of the Canton of Vaud, Polish graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik and the artist Jean Dubuffet.

Fleur van Muiswinkel

(c) Tim Stet

Fleur van Muiswinkel (1981) has been the director of BredaPhoto since 1 April 2020. Trained as an art historian and curator, she obtained her masters from Goldsmith University in London and the VU University in Amsterdam. She has been working in the culture sector since 2004.

Among others, she has worked as an artistic coordinator for the Contour Biennale in Mechelen (BE), as co-director and founder of A Tale of a Tub in Rotterdam and as curator performance and project leader contemporary art Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. She has curated several international exhibitions and from 2006-2009 she worked for the Office for Contemporary Art in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Since 2018 she has been a board member of the dance platform WhyNot and an Arts Decree assessor for the Flemish Government.

Fleurie Kloostra

Fleurie Kloostra (1977) is a curator at Melkweg Expo, an exhibition space and platform for young visual artists with a focus on innovative, contemporary photography situated in the heart of Amsterdam. Melkweg Expo is part of the Melkweg, a stage for pop culture. After obtaining her master’s degree in Art and Economics from HKU, she worked for 7 years as a curator for Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond.

She specializes in innovative exhibition concepts such as the Asielzoekmachine, and Team Annemarie and Team Franc, in which residents of Almere collaborate with the mayor on exhibitions for Corrosia Almere. Kloostra is often much solicited as a jury member or portfolio reviewer, she teaches at art academies and shares her vision and work method with secondary school students.

She feels it is her role as a curator to act as an intermediary between an artist and the audience. Photography is pre-eminently an art form in which topical social issues can be translated to an audience.

Lucy Conticello

Lucy Conticello is the director of Photography of M, Le Monde’s weekend magazine. Lucy studied archaeology and art history at La Sapienza University in Rome. After two formative years working as an assistant photo editor for the Italian news weekly Liberal, Lucy moved to the US to study photography practice and history at the Maine Photographic workshops in Rockport. She later went to New York to pursue a career as a photo editor, writer and lecturer. Lucy has worked for Business Week, The New York Times, l’Espresso, The New York Times magazine, Courrier International, The International Herald Tribune as well as photography agencies such as Sipa Press, Magnum Photos and AFP.

She has been assigning photographers for several years and what she loves most is the creative process of pairing photographers with stories, brainstorming ideas and seeing how these pictures end up defining how the viewers access the articles.

Lucy regularly serves on international photography juries, most recently at the World Press Photo as Portraits jury chair, the Foam Paul Huf award, the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, the Prix Levallois , the Prix Virginia and the Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi. She has taken part in portfolio reviews (Photo Meet London, Fotografia Europea, Festival Cortona on the Move, PhotoEspana.); has guest curated an issue of Ojodepez magazine and conducted photography workshops at Fotofilmic Creative Immersion workshop in Bowen, the ISFCI Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata in Rome, the Internazionale Festival in Ferrara and the Canon Student Development Programme in Perpignan. She has also served on the Advisory Committee for Unseen Amsterdam.

Margit Neuhold

(c) Carolin Bohn

Margit Neuhold lives and works in Graz (AT). Her specific interest lies in the myriad representations of the photographic image and its socioeconomic, political, and ecological effects—in terms of both the diverse visual practices of the twenty-first century and visual culture as a whole.

Since 2011 she has been one of the editors of Camera Austria International where she regularly writes about exhibitions, publications and symposia, exploring the social and political implications of photography in the realm of contemporary art and beyond.

Currently she is a regular author of a column in the monthly magazine Tagebuch (AT) and from time to time she also curates projects or exhibitions. In 2011 and 2012, she held seminars focusing on artistic practices in relation to mobility, subjectivity and urbanism in the Institute for Contemporary Art (IZK) at Graz University of Technology. She holds an MA in contemporary art theory from Goldsmiths, University of London (GB, 2009) and an MA in art history from Karl-Franzens-University Graz (AT, 2002).

Roderick van der Lee

(c) Pablo Delfos

Roderick van der Lee is the Executive Director of Unseen, an art fair dedicated to the newest developments in contemporary photography.

He is also the founder and director of Unbound Photography, a new non-profit foundation dedicated to exploring new multidisciplinary frontiers for photography through exhibitions and research. He previously worked at auction house Christie’s and photography museum Foam. He is a board member of the Elliott Erwitt Fellowship and as an independent curator has curated several photography exhibitions that have been exhibited globally. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on photography.

Yasmin Meinicke

Yasmin Meinicke (°1986) has been the managing director of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie since 2016. In this capacity, she delivered two biennials (2017 and 2020) and conceived the series ’Photography & Science in Dialogue’ in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg parallel to the 2020 Biennial. In 2019, she organised the conference and exhibition on smartphone photography in collaboration with Thomas Schirmböck at ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim.

Yasmin Meinicke studied art history and philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin and worked at the ’Kolleg-Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung’ and the ’Exzellenzcluster Bild-Wissen-Gestaltung’ at Humboldt Universität Berlin. She (co-)curated exhibitions for the Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin and the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

Azu Nwagbogu

Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nwagbogu was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019.

Nwagbogu also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art. Nwagbogu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-18), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Foam Paul Huf Award (2019), Wellcome photography prize (2019) and is a regular juror for organisations such as Lensculture and Magnum.

For the past 20 years, he has curated private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organisations in Africa. Nwagbogu obtained a Masters in Public Health from The University of Cambridge. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

On Thursday and Friday, four curators/experts from Belgium will also take part in the programme:

Sorana Munsya

Sorana Munsya is a Congolese curator, artist agent and psychologist living in Brussels. In her curatorial practice and writings, she is concerned with the connections between art and individual as well as collective healing strategies or practices. Specialising in contemporary visual art by African artists, she was the assistant curator of the 5th Lubumbashi Biennale of Contemporary Art.

She writes for a host of art catalogues and art magazines such as Hart, the 12th Bamako Encounters catalogue, Pascale Marthine Tayou’s solo exhibition ’Tornado’, etc. She recently curated the last solo exhibition of the Belgian-Congolese artist Leonard Pongo at Bozar, Brussels and the first solo show in Belgium of the multidisciplinary artist Michele Magema at Kunsthal ExtraCity.

Gautier Platteau

Gautier Platteau (Belgium, °1980) is publisher/director at Hannibal Books and specialises in art and photography.

He collaborates with photographers and artists such as Stephan Vanfleteren, Anton Corbijn, Sanne De Wilde, Erwin Olaf, Filip Dujardin and Rinus Van de Velde and publishes catalogues and books for a host of international museums and publishing partners.

Jan Desloover

Jan Desloover (°1977) studied Germanic languages at Ghent University and journalism at Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels. After working as a freelance writer for a few years, he started working for the Belgian daily De Standaard in the mid-2000s and has been there ever since. He has contributed to the literary and cultural supplements, both as a writer and an editor; he has worked as a national correspondent and since 2011 he is the newspaper’s chief picture editor.

Koen Leemans

Koen Leemans is curator contemporary art at the Museum Hof van Busleyden and De Garage, Mechelen. He studied history at the University of Leuven. From 2001 until 2020 he was the artistic director at Cultuurcentrum Mechelen. He was also responsible for the exhibitions there and at De Garage, a space for contemporary art. In September 2020 De Garage merged with Mechelen’s Hof van Busleyden Museum. De Garage primarily produces its own new exhibitions, with a focus on emerging artists and with careful attention to the work of established names. As an independent curator, Koen Leemans sometimes organizes exhibitions in various art spaces. He is a member of several art committees and works as a writer and visiting lecturer.

Rein Deslé

Rein Deslé has worked as a curator at the FOMU (Fotomuseum Antwerpen) since 2010. She curated several thematic exhibitions such as Claude Samuel Zanele (2018), Show Us the Money (2016), Shooting Range (2014), You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (2013) and Rebel Lives (2019), and has organized solo exhibitions for Mathieu Asselin, Saul Leiter, Camille Picquot, Harry Gruyaert, Sébastien Reuzé, Stephan Vanfleteren and Jan Hoek, among others.

She is the inspirer of the platform for upcoming Belgian talent .tiff (since 2012) and was one of the founders of Trigger, an English-language online and offline magazine, where she is still on the editorial board. She is regularly asked to participate as a jury member in (inter)national master programmes, fairs or competitions.

About AntwerpPhoto Festival

AntwerpPhoto Festival is an international photography biennial that shows what goes on in the world of photography. With an extensive festival week, plenty of summer events and state-of-the-art exhibitions, AntwerpPhoto stimulates its visitors to explore and dive into the world of photography and visual culture.

The successful first edition in 2018, with world-renowned photographer Anton Corbijn and with Michael Wolf, the Prix Carmignac and Iconobelge, has put AntwerpPhoto Festival on the map. The 2021 edition includes a second Iconobelge show, works of Finbarr O’Reilly, Jimmy Kets and a collaboration with Steve McCurry.

About .tiff

Each year, FOMU selects ten promising photographers and artists who live or work in Belgium. It is the start of a year-long journey that commences with publication in our portfolio magazine .tiff and continues with a group exhibition in the museum. The 2021 edition includes works by Lucas Leffler, Kamel Moussa, Joud Toamah, Youqine Lefèvre, Ugo Woatzi, Erien Withouck, Sébastien Cuvelier, Michiel De Cleene, Josephina Van de Water and Aurélie Bayad.

Preliminary programme

Thursday 24 June

  • 12:00 Arrival in Antwerp
  • 13:00 Welcome lunch
  • 14:30 Guided visit of FOMU exhibitions with the FOMU curatorial team
  • 16:00 One-on-one meetings with .tiff artists and photographers
  • 20:00 Networking dinner

Friday 25 June

  • 10:00 AntwerpPhoto Festival Portfolio reviewing sessions
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 AntwerpPhoto Festival Portfolio reviewing sessions
  • 19:00 Networking dinner

Saturday 26 June

  • 10:00 Curated guided tour (exhibitions, artist-run spaces, artist studio visits,…)
  • 16:00 Opening AntwerpPhoto Festival

Sunday 27 June

Time for visits in Antwerp or Brussels and departure

Artists & photographers

.tiff 2021

AntwerpPhoto Portfolio Reviewing Day

More information

The Antwerp Photo Curators Programme is organised by Flanders Arts Institute in close collaboration with FOMU and AntwerpPhoto Festival with the support of Visit Antwerp.