Dr. Jana Johanna Haeckel is an art historian, curator and lecturer based

in Brussels.

Her written and curatorial work examines image and body politics in contemporary art, focusing on new ethics of photography in the age of the digital and art practices that subvert historical and colonial narratives through archival research.

She is associate researcher at the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre For Photography and currently works for the Cultural Department of the Goethe-Institut Brussels, where she curates the nomadic art programme Perruche. From 2019- 2020 she supervised the international project "Everything Passes Except the Past" that took an artistic and discursive approach to coming to grips with a colonial past that remains present in museums, public space and image archives.

Apart from her curatorial work, she teaches art history and visual culture, currently at the 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, HFBK Hamburg, 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, The British Journal of Photography, Monopol, Mousse Magazine and elsewhere.


Previously she has worked as guest curator at Pinakothek der Moderne (2020-21), co-curator of the annual Karma Ltd. Extended-art programme at Acud Gallery Berlin (2018), project manager for the public programme and symposium of the Belgian Pavilion with Dirk Braeckman at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), doctoral research fellow at UC Louvain/KU Leuven (2012-2016), curatorial assistant at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (2012), supervisor of the art mediaton programme at Sammlung Boros Berlin (2009-2012) and research assistant at Freie Universität Berlin (2008-2010).



Literature Studies at Sorbonne Paris


MA in Art History, Comparative Literature and French at Humboldt Universität und

Freie Universität Berlin


Post-graduate Degree in Curatorial Studies at RUB and Kunstsammlung NRW


PhD in Art History at UC Louvain