Laura Van Severen

(1993) is a photographer graduated from KASK School of Arts in Ghent (Belgium) in 2015. Her work questions the relationship between humans and their surroundings.
How we appropriate places, how we design them and how we in turn are shaped by what surrounds us.
In 2015, Laura was selected for .TIFF as one of Belgium’s top ten young talents, an initiative by the FOMU Photography Museum in Antwerp. Her projects have been exhibited in Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Mexico and Spain.

Her first long term project, “Land”, a visual investigation of landscape transformations, was published as a photobook in 2016 with the Dutch publishing house The Eriskay Connection. The book was awarded The Best Dutch Book Design 2016.

In recent years, Laura has been immersed in a new project, “Strata”, which investigates the effect of landfill and waste management on the landscape. The project has been awarded by the UCM in Madrid, the CNA in Luxembourg and Art Photo Barcelona, which gave rise to several exhibitions.

Currently Laura is working on a project in collaboration with Catalan writer Mònica Pagès that aims to portray the lives of women of a high altitude mountain village in the Catalan Pyrenees through images and text in order to narrate the radical changes that have occurred there in only the last 80 years.




Education

2016    Graphic Design, Luca School Of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2015    MA (Photography), KASK School Of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2013    BA (Photography), KASK School Of Arts, Ghent, Belgium



Selected exhibitions

2021     Strata, Sala Golferichs, Barcelona, Spain
2020    Discovery awards projection, Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal 2019    The arrangement of unwanted features, Fuga/Art Photo Bcn, Barcelona, Spain 2018    Despega 2018, C Arte C, Madrid, Spain
2017    Bougie 2017, CBK Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2017    Unexposed Twens 2017, CC Kapel Romaanse Poort, Leuven, Belgium
2017    Land, Galeria Spectrum Sotos, Zaragoza, Spain
2017    Setba Jove 2017, Fundació Setba, Barcelona, Spain
2016    crox 521-525, Croxhapox, Gent, Belgium
2016    Bfoto Emergentes, El Moliné, Barbastro, Spain
2016    Foto Forum Brasschaat, Antverpiagebouw, Brasschaat, Belgium.
2015    .TIFF launch & Artist Talk, FOMU Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
2015    .TIFF Outdoor Expo, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015    Graduation 15, KASK/ School Of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2015    Tumult In Gent, LOD muziekcentrum, Ghent, Belgium
2015    From Where We Stand, Zwarte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium
2013    It’s the poetry, stupid! (curated by ARTWALL), Campo Santo, Ghent, Belgium