Irene de Craen
Irene de Craen, (born 1980 in Voorburg, the Netherlands) is an independent writer, researcher and curator based in Amsterdam the Netherlands. She is currently committee member of the Amsterdamse Kunstraad (Amsterdam Arts Council), and board member of Platform BK (Platform for Visual Arts).
She received a BA and MA (cum laude) Art History, Recent Era, from the University of Amsterdam and a BA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. In 2018 she founded the research platform Undercurrents which aims to question the relation between historic and present-day instances of movement such as colonialism, trade and migration, as well as the infra-structure and significance of mobility within the cultural field.
Between 2014 and 2018 De Craen was director and curator of Hotel Maria Kapel, an artist-in-residence, exhibition space and cinema for contemporary visual art in Hoorn. In 2011 and 2012 she was co-organizer and curator at FATFORM, an interdisciplinary and experimental art platform in the Southeast of Amsterdam. She has contributed to national and international magazines and websites among others Metropolis M, and Frieze. Current interests and research areas include postcolonialism, (ethnographic) collections, mobility and migration, and art and activism.
In 2019, Irene was part of the exhibition Elsewheres Within Here curated by Jo-Lene Ong at Framer Framed, Amsterdam.