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Laura Van Severen

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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. 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.