Laurie Cluitmans

Laurie Cluitmans (1984) works as an independent curator and critic in Amsterdam.

She graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a BA in Communication Studies and a BA and MA-degree in Art History.

Cluitmans worked in a wide range of contexts and besides her position as gallery director at Fons Welters Gallery (until September 2016), she curated a.o. the following exhibitions: He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Rereading a Single Artwork by Louise Bourgeois (2011), a group exhibition at De Hallen Haarlem (i.c.w. Arnisa Zeqo); Tribute to an Avenue (2013-2014), an exhibition of video art in public space, commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam; Nachthutje in de Komkommerhof (2014-2015), solo exhibition by Liesbeth Labeur at De Vleeshal Middelburg; Where the Sidewalk Ends (2015), a group exhibition with emerging artists in public space (i.c.w. Rieke Vos); #+21.00 (2016), solo exhibition by Saskia Noor van Imhoff at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam. In 2011, Cluitmans was part of the research team of the Autonomy Project, culminating in a summer school at the Dutch Art Institute and symposium at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven. 

She has written a.o. for MetropolisM, Frieze, De Groene Amsterdammer and individual artists. Furthermore, Cluitmans is tutor at the Master program Materialisation in Art and Design of the Sandberg Institute and the MA program Contextual Design of the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

Recently Cluitmans was awarded the Prize for Young Art Critics 2016 for her essay ‘The possibility of a garden’, on the gardens of Derek Jarman and Ian Hamilton Finlay. This essay is part of her current larger curatorial research ‘Radicants, Radicals, Epiphytes and Parasites’ (made possible by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Mondriaan Fund). At CCS Bard she will continue this research further, intertwining the artist’s garden in a layered field of research including contemporary notions of ecology, the anthropocene, botany, practices of community- and radical gardening, as well as the more cultural historical tradition.

This residency was made possible through the support of Mondriaan Fonds.