The editorial team

Editorial Board

The editorial board is chaired by editor-in-chief Joyce Poot.

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.

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.

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 responsible for the public program at the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam. Previously, she has held positions at Wiels, Brussels (BE), the University of Leiden, and Galerie Fons Welters, 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.

Anna Sejbæk Torp-Pedersen is a Master’s student in the Contemporary Art History program at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She recently completed her BA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where she focused on Scandinavian identity and the region’s historical amnesia. Her current research interests touch upon issues of cartographic representation and migration.

Cleo Foole is a Master’s student in Philosophy of Humanity and Culture at Tilburg University. She holds a BFA in Costume Design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, where she is currently enrolled in the part-time fine arts program. Her philosophical and artistic research focusses on intimacy in the relation between spectator and artwork.

Sofia Ehrich is currently working on her Master’s degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She was born and raised in Santa Monica, California and completed her Bachelor’s degree in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Sophie Field is currently studying her masters degree in Contemporary Art History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her BA in Art History and Gender Studies. Sophie is interested in the role that contemporary art galleries can play in facilitating dialogue around inclusivity, as well as how feminist identity is imagined in the art world.

Agnieszka Checka is a Master’s student in Contemporary Art History at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature and History of Art, which she completed at the University of Glasgow in 2017. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on female embodiment in post-WW2 European literature. Her current research interests include embodiment in the digital age and queer theory.

Alexa Simonics is currently completing her Master’s degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Previously she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Photography (Hons) at the Technological University of Dublin, in Ireland. Her interests are in curating, exhibitions; her current research focuses specifically on spatial art installations, particularly those focused on interactivity and participation.

Danica Pinteric is pursuing a MA in Curating Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently curator-in-training for Time-based Media at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Between 2018 and 2020, she was co-director for the curatorial project Calaboose, which organized exhibitions in Montreal, New York City, and online. She has written texts for exhibitions in Amsterdam, Paris, Montreal, Amsterdam, and New York. She holds a BA in Communications & Cultural Studies and Art History from Concordia University in Montreal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iris Pissaride is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her research deals with identity and coloniality in Cyprus. She joined the editorial board of Kunstlicht in 2016 and was editor-in-chief from 2018-2019.

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 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.

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, in collaboration with Sam Edens (from 2019).