The editorial team

Editorial Board

The editorial board is chaired by editor-in-chief Iris Pissaride.

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.

Aline Hernández is a Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo scholar currently pursuing a master in Media, Arts, and Performance Studies at Utrecht University. She works as a writer, translator and editor, and she is a member of the artist-run collective Cooperativa Cráter Invertido based in México City. Her work has been published in Parkett Art Magazine, Das Platforms journal, La Tempestad, among others.

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 is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge on the topic of decolonizing narratives of identity in Cypriot museums across the island’s divide. Her research focuses on matters of identity and space and it deals with liminality, colonialism, and the role of Cypriot museums as political actors. Methodologically she is interested in the interpolations of sociology with art, as well as practices of visual sociology. Her recent projects include curating an exhibition by Kyriaki Costa at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and collaborating with the artist-run space Phaneromenis70.

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.

Rosa de Graaf (UK/NL) is Associate Curator at Witte de With since 2017. Starting out with a background in fine art practice at University of the Arts London, Rosa trained in Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds before completing her Masters in Arts & Culture at the University of Leiden, 2017. Previously, she worked at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and Tate Modern, amongst others, as well as for large-scale cultural campaigns such as ‘Art Everywhere UK’.

Jasmijn Mol is due to complete the Media, Art, Design and Architecture BA programme at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam this year, with a focus on art history. Her main interests are in contemporary art, museum studies and curating.

Joyce Poot is an independent researcher and artist liaison at Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam. Previously, she has held positions at Wiels, Brussels (BE), the University of Leiden, and LI-MA, Amsterdam.  She graduated in 2018 from the Research Masters in Contemporary Art Theory/World Art Studies (cum laude) and the Masters in Film and Photographic Studies, both from the University of Leiden. She holds a BA in Language and Culture Studies from Utrecht University. Her research focuses on vernacular art and active spectatorship and the spectator’s experience of photography, slide shows, and installation artworks.

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:

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 was co-editor-in-chief of Kunstlicht from 2016 to 2018.

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 was co-editor-in-chief of Kunstlicht from 2016 to 2018.

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 Curator of Academic and Public Programs at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, where he started in 2015 as Education Assistant. He holds a BA in Arts, Culture and Media at the RUG, Groningen and a MA in Art History: Modern and Contemporary Art (cum laude) from VU University Amsterdam. Outside of his work at Witte de With, Docus works as an independent curator and project coordinator of, among other initiatives, the Prize for Young Dutch Art Criticism.

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.