Laurens Dhaenens (Belgium, 1984) is appointed by Netwerk Aalst as associated curator to work closely with Daniela Ortiz. He is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation – FWO at the University of Leuven. His research project focusses on historical avant-garde and the relation between Europe and Latin America. He studied art criticism, exhibition politics and cultural diplomacy at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. His speciality is art from Latin America, focussing on Peru, Argentina and Chili, where he used to work and live for longer periods of time.
Dhaenens' work has been published in journals, including Image and Narrative, Caiana Revista académica de investigación en Arte y cultura visual and Revue Histoire de l’art. He is the editor of Art from Latin America, Modern and Contemporary (Lannoo, 2015) and co-editor of Kunstkritiek, Standpunten uit België en Nederland in een internationaal perspectief (1985-2010) (LannooCampus, 2010).