Katherine Longly

Visual artist - Photographer

Art workshops - Cultural mediation & participative projects - Trainings


Katherine Longly graduated in photography, communications and anthropology.

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She builds up her projects as an excuse to meet up with different social realities and their protagonists, and tries to understand their own logic. How do the campers manage the nearness with their peers (Hidden Living) ? Why do some Chinese prefer to live in a false Parisian avenue rather than in a traditional hutong (Abroad is too far) ? What is the counterpart that urges a person to gulp down mass amounts of food enough to hurt their body (Rotten Potato) ? Where is our relationship with food and our body rooted (To tell my real intentions, I want to eat only haze like a hermit) ?

She takes photographs and collects stories, images, testimonies and archives, that she organises in a multi-layered narration, from which humour is never excluded. She works in close collaboration with the people she meets, and involves them at every stages of the projects. She then imagines setups that stimulate encounters with the visitors.

Her work has been awarded with various prizes, publications and exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. She also took part in artistic residencies (China, France, Japan). She published two books, TO TELL MY REAL INTENTIONS, I WANT TO EAT ONLY HAZE LIKE A HERMIT (self-published artist book) and HERNIE & PLUME (The Eriskay Connection).

Katherine Longly also practices as a guide and cultural intermediary in various museums, such as WIELS & CENTRALE for Contemporary Art in Brussels. She imagines and conducts photography and contemporary art workshops, participatory projects and trainings for all types of audiences (children, teens, adults, visually impaired, elderly people, etc.) in various associations and institutions.