People

Below you find an overview of the pracTique mentors and their respective areas of expertise. Reach out to (one of) them based on the nature of your needs; they look forward to meeting you!

Welmer Keesmaat

Welmer Keesmaat studied both graphic design and photography. He is the initiator and curator of Tique, a magazine and exhibition space for contemporary art, founder of the photography platform Intimate Structures and director of Context – creative studio, a graphic design studio.

Welmer can help you with your questions regarding your artistic practice, exhibitions, editing and designing your publication, and guide you in the business and entrepreneurial side of the arts.

Languages: Welmer speaks Dutch and English.

Katrin Kamrau

Katrin Kamrau is a photographer and visual artist based in Dresden, Germany. In her artistic practice she works at the intersection of photography and visual art, artistic research, publishing and cultural participation.
In 2010, together with Robert Schlotter, she founded malenki.net as an independent peer-to-peer initiative focusing on contemporary image culture, photography and self-publishing. Currently, the malenki.net program includes about 120 titles by around 80 image producers in various languages, including English, French, German, Dutch and Japanese.
Katrin is an excellent advisor on issues related to self-publishing, taking photographs, to book distribution and/or self-organization.

Languages: Katrin speaks German, English and Dutch.

Ksenia Galiaeva

Ksenia Galiaeva is a visual artist, that lives and works in Antwerp and Amsterdam. With a background in traditional painting, Ksenia works with photography and writing, publication, installation and, recently, with film and audio. She has 17 years of teaching experience in different art academies, university lectures and seminars, work experience in funding committees, ‘think tank’ research projects and mentoring artists-at-risk, and experience with artist residencies.

Ksenia teaches Photography and Fine Art at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, amongst others in Schiedam Museum – NL, Fries Museum – NL, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch – NL, Moscow MOMA – RU, Seoul MMCA Changdong – KR.

She can help you with your work process, exhibition planning, book-making, artist statement and application writing.

Languages: Ksenia speaks Dutch, English, Russian and some Korean.

Eline Verstegen

Eline Verstegen is an independent writer and curator based in Antwerp.
Her practice is marked by a keen interest in immersive installations and atmospheres and by specific attention to multidisciplinary cross-overs with the performing arts, film, literature, philosophy and cultural theory. She has written extensively for artists, galleries and (art) publications.
Besides her freelance practice, she gained professional experience working on exhibitions and public programmes at non-profit, commercial and private art institutions in Belgium and abroad. She currently works for the City of Antwerp as project coordinator for large-scale cultural events.
She also is a graduate of the Schrijversacademie (Creatief Schrijven, 2023) and is currently working on her first novel.

Eline can help you with all text-related matters.

Languages: Eline speaks Dutch and English.