CLAUDIA KÜSSEL IS AN AMSTERDAM-BORN ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR, WRITER, EDITOR, PRODUCER, AND CONSULTANT IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL ARTS. CURRENTLY, SHE IS BASED IN BUDAPEST.

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Before moving to Hungary, she worked for institutions such as Fotomuseum Den Haag, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Foam. She has curated many solo and group exhibitions and collaborated with artists such as Noémie Goudal, Peter Puklus, Dana Lixenberg, Sara Cwynar, Sputnik Photos and Erik Kessels.

From 2018-2019 she was the senior curator at the Mai Manó House in Budapest and consequently, she started working independently. Due to the pandemic, she curated exhibitions in alternative spaces, such as the online exhibition The Family Album of Human Rights with photographs selected from the Fortepan archive commissioned by Amnesty International (2020) and two exhibitions in public space in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Hungary: Hans Eijkelboom's Photo Notes from 1992 - Present and the interdisciplinary group exhibition The Garden of Delight (2021). In 2022 she curated Hans van der Meer, Minor Mysteries which was presented at the Capa Center.
This year she was the curator of three exhibitions for Veszpém-Balaton 2023, European Capital of Culture: Erik Kessels/Thomas Mailaender, Europe Archive, Noémie Goudal, Inhale/Exhale and Dafna Talmor, Sea of Stones. The three exhibitions were presented simultaneously at the Dubniczay Palace/ House of Arts in Veszprém.

PUBLICATIONS

She has contributed to publications such as Peter Puklus, Handbook to the Stars (2012 and 2020), Photobloc, Central Europe in Photobooks (2019), Erik Kessels/Thomas Mailaender, Europe Archive (exhibition catalogue), and magazines such as Foam Magazine and literary magazine Múűt (all 2023). She is also regularly invited to juries, lectures, and workshops.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

She is involved with touring Europe Archive by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender, one of the exhibitions she curated for Veszprém-Balaton European Capital of Culture 2023. Besides she is preparing several new projects. Being a dedicated initiator of international collaborations and exchange, she recently joined the Netherlands Embassy in Budapest as a Senior Cultural Advisor.