Jana Johanna Haeckel is an art historian, curator, lecturer, and author 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 currently explores visionary institutional practices of care, hospitality and collectivity, particularly in relation to their gendered, racial and ecological dimensions, aiming to show how these fair practices can be applied from the in- and outside of institutional structures.
Jana holds a PhD in art history and works as independent curator. She currently lectures at the Photography and Curatorial Studies Department at KASK & Conservatorium.
Prior to this, she has served as artistic and managing director of Photoforum Pasquart in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, and has worked as curator and project manager for the Goethe-Institut Brussels, as guest-curator for Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and as curator at Acud Gallery Berlin. She was a lecturer at University of Applied Science and Art Dortmund, UC Louvain and LUCA School of Arts Brussels and has guest lectured at various international universities and art schools, such as HFBK Hamburg, CEPV Switzerland, UDK Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. Her essays and reviews have been published in The British Journal of Photography, Trigger, EIKON, Monopol, Mousse Magazine and elsewhere.