Laura Castagnini is an Australian curator and writer currently based in London. She is interested in feminist histories and their current articulations, photography and representation, and modes of performance and collaboration.
Laura has spoken and written extensively about contemporary feminist art, and she contributes to frieze magazine and Artlink. Recent speaking engagements include Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) and University of Western Australia, among others. Curatorial projects include Backflip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art (Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2013), a major group exhibition exploring the legacy of feminist humour; a performance lecture by the Guerrilla Girls (with Vikki McInnes, Victorian College of the Arts, 2012); Memory Screens (co-curated with Eugenia Lim, presented by Channels Festival, ACMI, 2013), an evening of on- and off- screen performance paying homage to video art of the 1970s; “Come A Little Closer” (Screenspace, 2012), an exhibition of feminist performative videos filmed in ‘close up’; “Project 12: This is Not A Love Song” (co-curated with Anna Pappas, Anna Pappas Gallery, 2012) which explored romance and its representation in popular culture; and “Re/Gendered” (Platform Artist Group Inc., 2010) a exhibition and performance project which attempted to represent Judith Butler’s ideas of gender instability. She is the co- founding committee member of artist run space O Projects (Melbourne, 2009), which promoted experimental emerging art. In 2014, she co-edited (with Vikki McInnes) the book Bureau 2 (Melbourne: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, 2014). Laura’s research has been supported through numerous grants, including the Australia Council Professional Development Grant, NAVA Curator Mentorship Initiative and Copyright Agency Limited Career Industries Fund, and in 2014 she undertook a Study Room research residency at Live Art Development Agency (LADA) in London.
Laura is currently Programme Coordinator at Iniva: Institute for International Visual Arts. She previously worked in a range of arts organisations including n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (2015), Frieze magazine (2014-5), Margaret Lawrence Gallery (2012-14) and Anna Pappas Gallery (2011-12), and has undertaken internships at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Centre (Brooklyn Museum), MOMA PS1 and the National Gallery of Victoria. She is currently Board member of Feminist Curators United and a member of Contemporary Art & Feminism Research Cluster and Matters of the Body Research Cluster. Laura is also a trained freelance copyeditor; she has an ongoing relationship with Malmo Konsthall but always looking for new clients – get in touch for rates.
News and updates about her curatorial practice and ongoing research can be found in the blog section of this website.
2014: Master of Arts (Art History), University of Melbourne
2012: Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course
2010: Postgraduate Diploma (Art History), University of Melbourne
2007: Bachelor of Visual Art, Monash University