Sarah Késenne

Sarah Késenne (1980) studied art and film studies at the Universities of Ghent, Antwerp and Bologna and, as an art historian, has been working for several years on a PhD research at LUCA school or doctor - KU Leuven (Sint-Lucas Visual Arts Ghent).  She is engaged in the research group Art, space and context - Liberty inviting artists to take part, in which artists and art critics congregate around issues of art in public space, art and society, the public. Previously, she was active in a number of artistic organizations like Happy New Ears Festival, STUK, KunstenFestivaldesArts and the documentary platform SoundImageCulture. She publishes in magazines like Hart, Rekto:verso and De Groene Amsterdammer. She received the prize for Young art critic in 2014.


  • - researcher phd
  • - lector community arts (teacher training)
  • - assistent guest teacher community arts (academic bachelor)
  • - master seminar contemporary art II (academic master)
  • - coordination Art, space & context / Liberty inviting artists to take part
  • - member of POC  

Research interests

  • - participatory strategies in  contemporary art
  • - contemporary art
  • - art in society
  • - art & pedagogy
  • - stage arts

Research projects

Participation and exhibition in contemporary art in Belgium, a pedagogical emancipation? On works of Dora Garcia, Stijn Van Dorpe and Hana Miletic