Liesbeth Decan

Liesbeth Decan (b. 1980) teaches history of photography and art at LUCA School of Arts - Campus Sint-Lukas Brussels, where she is also the co-ordinator of the research cluster Photography Expanded. She holds a PhD in Art History (KU Leuven). Her research is focused on the use of photography by artists, especially in Belgium, between the 1960s and early 1990s. Her most comprehensive publication on that topic is the book "Conceptual, Surrealist, Pictorial: Photo-based Art in Belgium (1960s-early 1990s)," which was published within the Lieven Gevaert Series of Leuven University Press (2016). On the same topic she curated the exhibition "From Broodthaers to Braeckman. Photography in the Visual Arts in Belgium" at M HKA, Antwerp (2017). In 2023 she was the curator of the exhibition "Tapta: Espaces Souples, With Greet Billet, Hana Miletić and Richard Venlet" at WIELS, Brussels, which resulted from a research project on the Polish-Belgian artist Tapta.

She co-realized the OPAK research project "Photography Performing Humor" (2014-2017) and the project "Forgotten Heritage. European avant-garde art online," initiated by Fundacja Arton/Arton Foundation (Warsaw) and funded by the European Commission (Creative Europe Programme) (2016-2018). Both projects resulted in several publications and exhibitions.

She is a senior staff member of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture (KU Leuven/UCLouvain - and a member of the Committee of AICA Belgium (


  • Research unit: Intermedia
  • Research topics:
    • photography

    • theory of photography

    • contemporary art

    • conceptual art

    • art in Belgium