The editorial team

Editorial Board

The editorial board is chaired by editors-in-chief Rosa te Velde and Steyn Bergs:

Steyn Bergs is an art critic and a researcher. Currently, he is conducting his PhD research on the commodification of digital artworks at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Together with Rosa te Velde, he is co-editor-in-chief of Kunstlicht.

Fabienne Chiang is a trainee curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She studies MA Museum Curating at the VU Amsterdam and holds a BA in Media, Art, Design and Architecture. She wrote her thesis on cultural identity and the use of logographic characters in Chinese avant-garde art.

Lexington Davis is a Master’s student in the Critical Studies in Art and Culture program at the Vrije Universiteit, where she is currently a Fulbright fellow. She has held positions at arts and educational institutions in France and the United States. Her most recent position was on the curatorial team of “Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage” at LACMA. She holds a BA in French and Film Studies from Bard College and her research focuses on the influence of film on artists in the early twentieth century.

Sam Edens coordinates the specialisation Interaction Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam. Edens is trained as a product designer and graduated in 2017 from the research master Visual Arts, Media and Architecture (VU University Amsterdam). Her research interests revolve around technological mediation, interactive objects and design methodology.

Isa Fahrenholz received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Technical University in Berlin with a thesis on the construction of Potsdamer Platz. She is currently doing her Research Master in Visual Arts, Media and Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Rosa de Graaf is Assistant Curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Previous roles include Assistant Curator at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2016) and Curatorial & Production team for Art Everywhere (2013 & 2014). Rosa studied Social and Critical Histories of Art under Griselda Pollock at the University of Leeds. This year she is due to complete her MA in Contemporary Art Theory and World Art Studies at the University of Leiden with a thesis titled ‘To be with and not beside; Undoing Witte de With.’

Aline Hernández is a researcher, art critic and curator currently pursuing a master in Critical Studies in Art and Culture at Vrije University Amsterdam. In 2012, she performed as assistant curator for Manifesta 9 and between 2013 and 2015 she worked as exhibition coordinator for the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) in Mexico where she curated the retrospective on Pola Weiss. Aline is part of the artist-activist run cooperative Crater Invertido. 

Rosa Mulder holds a BA in Media, Art Design and Architecture from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with a focus on contemporary art. She wrote her thesis on Eastern and Western European art within the exhibition Wanderlieder in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1991. She is currently working for the Unda Foundation and the conceptual artwork Flag of Compassion.

Iris Pissaride holds a BA and an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Her research revolves around matters of identity and space and it deals with liminal spaces, post-colonialism and critical theory. Methodologically she is interested in the interpolations of sociology with art, as well as practices of visual sociology. Her most recent projects include curating a solo exhibition by Kyriaki Costa at SMBA and collaborating with the nonprofit Phaneromenis 70.

Herbert Ploegman is an anthropologist, researcher and curator. His main interest is in art practices in the urban context of Athens, Greece. His activities range from writing and filmmaking to curating and editing. In 2017 he was a curatorial stipeniate at Schloss Ringenberg and made an anthropological film about a Documenta 14 artwork in Athens in the framework of the Visual Ethnography of Cityscapes summer course at the Netherlands Institute at Athens, Greece.

Tim Roerig is a Master’s student in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. From 2014 to 2015, he was assistant to the curator of the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Most recently, in 2016, he was the managing editor of the exhibition guide and catalogue accompanying the exhibition “Postwar — Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965”, held at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany.

Esmee Schoutens is a Master’s student of the Critical Studies in Art and Culture program at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht, where she focused on philosophy, art history and museum studies. She currently works at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as research and interpretation assistant.

Rosa te Velde graduated from the designLAB department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2010, after which she obtained an MA in Design Cultures from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2015. Her main research interests revolve around the politics of design and (national) identity, decoloniality, race and gender. She is also a board member of the Dutch Design History Society. Currently, she works at the Sandberg Institute as a coordinator of the Studio for Immediate Spaces department. Together with Steyn Bergs, she is co-editor-in-chief of Kunstlicht.


Advisory Board

The advisory board is composed of former editorial board members. They support the editorial board with their knowledge, network and editorial tasks from time to time. The advisory board consists of:

Angela Bartholomew is a doctoral candidate in art history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her dissertation focuses on strategies employed by artists in the 1980s and 90s in the Netherlands and Flanders to subvert systems of control. She has published in Kunstlicht, OnCurating Journal, and Metropolis M, among other publications. Angela was a member of the editorial board of Kunstlicht between 2012 and 2017.

Rana Ghavami is a design critic and a lecturer design theory at ArtEZ, Arnhem.

Roel Griffioen is a Research Organization Flanders (FWO) PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University. He edited and co-authored De Frontlinie: Bestaansonzekerheid en gentrificatie in de Creatieve Stad (2017), a compilation of essays exploring the intersections of recent art and housing policies and state-led gentrification in the Netherlands. His writings have appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers. He was part of the editorial board of Kunstlicht between 2011 and 2015.

Docus van der Made is working as a freelance curator and public programmer and as Education Assistant at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Since 2016 he is the coordinator of the Prize for Young Dutch Art Criticism. He graduated cum laude from the MA Art History – Modern and Contemporary Art at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Jesse van Winden completed the research master Visual Arts, Media and Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2014. From 2012 to 2016 he was editor-in-chief of Kunstlicht. Van Winden is researcher-curator for Jubilee, an international, artist-run platform for artistic research and production based in Brussels.

Kunstlicht is designed by Corine van der Wal.