Jana Johanna Haeckel is a Brussels-based art historian, independent curator and lecturer. She holds a PhD in history of art and is associate researcher at the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre For Photography (KU Leuven/ UC Louvain).
Her written and curatorial work focuses on the critical reflection of visual representation and documentation strategies in (post-) photography. Working at the intersection of art history, visual culture and curatorial studies, a main research interest lies in the deeper understanding of the meaning and effects of images. That includes the ethics of photography, feminist theory and post-colonial studies.
She currently works for the Cultural Department of the Goethe-Institut Brussels, where she curates the nomadic art programme Perruche and supervised the international research project on colonial heritage "Everything Passes Except the Past" (2019/2020). Apart from her curatorial work, she teaches art history and visual culture, currently at the Design Department of University of Applied Science and Art Dortmund, and has served as lecturer and guest lecturer at Université Catholique de Louvain, LUCA School of Arts Brussels, Universität der Künste Berlin, and Freie Universität Berlin.
She is a Board member of EIKON - International Magazine For Photography and Media Art and a member of AICA Belgium/AICA International. Her essays and reviews have been published in EIKON, Monopol, Mousse Magazine, and elsewhere.
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Curated Exhibition "Resistant Faces - Photography in the Age of the Digital", Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, November 2020 - April 2021.
Publication "In Focus: Resistant Faces", EIKON #113.
Publication and Book Launch "Everything Passes Except The Past", Sternberg Press, April 2021.
Article in Time Magazin on "Everything Passes Except The Past" by Suyin Haynes.