Laura Castagnini is an Australian curator and writer interested in the performance of feminist, queer and decolonial histories. Laura was previously Programme Coordinator at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) in London and worked in a range of arts organisations including n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, frieze magazine, Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne) and Anna Pappas Gallery, and as an intern at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Centre (Brooklyn Museum), MOMA PS1 and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Laura holds a Master of Arts (Art History) from the University of Melbourne and has published in academic peer-reviewed journals On Curating, n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (Routledge) and Philament journal of art and culture (University of Sydney). She also writes reviews for frieze magazine, Artlink and Un magazine. Selected curatorial projects include As If: Echoes from London (Westspace, Melbourne, 2015), Alice Lang Originals (Sydney College of the Arts, 2014), Backflip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art (Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2013) and Memory Screens (Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2013). Recent speaking engagements include Tate Britain, Zurich University of the Arts, Whitechapel Gallery, the Bluecoat, the National Gallery of Victoria, and University of Western Australia, among others. Alongside collaborators Helena Reckitt, Maura Reilly and Lara Perry, Laura runs Feminist Curators United (FCU), a network of 40+ curators and scholars dedicated to developing feminist curatorial practice through a range of programmes.