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Sonja Lau is a curator and writer with a focus on art and ideology, alternate art (hi)stories and curating as a performative practice. She holds a Masters in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice (Chelsea College of Art and Design, London) and also has a professional background in cultural diplomacy, amongst other as „Cultural Manager in South Eastern Europe“ (Tirana, Albania, 2011-13), commissioned by the Robert Bosch Foundation. In 2012, she joined the ICI – Independent Curators International as collaborator, and pursued her curatorial research as fellow of the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht from 2013-14. She has spoken on many occasions, including at Volksbühne, Berlin (“Abgeguckt”, 2017), as guest lecturer at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg, or most recently as host of the panel “On the art of turning the weapons against oneself” (2019), conceived by Operndorf Afrika.

Curated exhibitions and events include “Zusammenhang Gesamtkunstwerk”, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2015); “Permanent Abstraction”, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (together with Su Wei, 2016-17); “FIEND. The 21 seconds piece”, National Theatre, Tirana (with Armando Lulaj and John Tilbury, 2013), “The Hesitating Body”, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (2013); “Try… Again… Better”, National History Museum, Tirana (2012).


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