Van Severen

︎︎︎ projects
2022 . El camp d’elles
2020 . Strata
2016 . Land

︎︎︎ short stories
2022 . Invisible walls
2017 . Lacuna
2013 . Untitled

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Exhibition Views

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Laura Van Severen

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. In 2021 she was nominated by the Triennial of Photography Hamburg to become part of Futures Photography. 

Her first long term project, Land, is a visual investigation on landscape transformations. It was published as a photobook in 2016 with the Dutch publishing house The Eriskay Connection and awarded Best Dutch Book Design that same year.

After this, she embarked on a project that investigates the effect of landfill and waste management on the European landscape. The work, titled Strata, has been awarded by the UCM in Madrid, the CNA in Luxembourg and at Art Photo Barcelona, which gave rise to several exhibitions.

Traveling across Europe to photograph landfills and the bureaucracy this involved, made her long for a work close to home. Together with Catalan writer Mònica Pagès she explored a high altitude, mountain village in the Pyrennees through the stories of the women who inhabit it. In El camp d’elles the local and personal connects to universal stories.


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

2022    El camp d’elles, Museu etnogràfic, Ripoll, Spain
2022    LOOP, Aba Art Lab, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2022    El camp d’elles, Casa de Cultura, Sant cugat (Barcelona), Spain
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!, Campo Santo, Ghent, Belgium

Aquesta actuació està impulsada i subvencionada pel Departament d’Empresa i Treball de la Generalitat de Catalunya i finançada al 100% pel fons REACT-UE com a part de la resposta de la Unió Europea a la pandèmia de COVID-19