Lisanne van Happen (The Netherlands) is a Dutch freelance curator, fundraiser, and producer, specialized in the field of documentary photography with a particular interest in social issues.
Lisanne has a BA in documentary photography from AKV|St.Joost in Breda. She studied social-cultural work at Koning Willem I college in Den Bosch. And attended several courses Sociology at Utrecht University to further deepen her knowledge on social topics.
Over the past seven years, she has worked for art academy AKV|St.Joost in Breda, artist in residence Docking Station in Amsterdam and Critical Mass in Utrecht, an organization that develops interactive multimedia experiences about urgent topics in society. She was also involved in several other collaborations with photographers and creative professionals. Lisanne has (co-)curated and produced several exhibitions and programs at FOTODOK such as Beyond Us and Them (2017), Belief, on the Move (2016) and There is Something about my Family (2016).
Lisanne is the talent development lead at FOTODOK, space for documentary photography in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She leads three different talent programs: Dialogue Grant, which gives project funding to one Dutch young artist each year. Lighthouse, which gives 10 graduates the opportunity to create new work with financial, conceptual, and productional support from FOTODOK. Take Off, a digital meet-up between artists and professionals in the field of photography. And she is involved in the international talent program Blurring the Lines (founded by PCA and Urbanautica Institute) as a member of the jury and co-producer of the program.