Dr. Jana Johanna Haeckel is an art historian, curator and lecturer specialized in photography and new media. She has been appointed as director of Photoforum Pasquart from December 2021.
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. Previously, she has worked for the Cultural Department of the Goethe-Institut in Brussels, where she curated the nomadic art programme Perruche (2018-2021) and supervised the international postcolonial project "Everything Passes Except the Past" (2019- 2020). She was guest curator at Pinakothek der Moderne Munich (2020-
2021) and co-curator of the annual Karma Ltd. Extended-art programme at Acud Gallery Berlin (2018). Moreover, she served as project manager for the public programme of the Belgian Pavilion with Dirk Braeckman at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and was doctoral research fellow at UC Louvain/KU Leuven for the project "Photofilmic Images in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture" (2012-2016).
Apart from her curatorial work, she teaches art history and visual culture, currently at 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, Trigger, Monopol, Mousse Magazine and elsewhere.
Literature Studies at Sorbonne Paris
MA in Art History, Comparative Literature and French at Humboldt Universität and
Freie Universität Berlin
Post-graduate Degree in Curatorial Studies at RUB and Kunstsammlung NRW
PhD in Art History at UC Louvain