Lars Willumeit (born 1974) is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author/critic, art educator and photo editor, he has been working with the medium of photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures.
In addition to having been trained as a photographer, Willumeit has, since the early 2000s, served in the capacity of photoeditor for numerous magazines, most notably for GEO magazine,in Hamburg and New York, and as photo director, from 2008–2013, for the Zurich-based Du: Die Zeitschrift der Kultur.
Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions and festival presentations for East Wing (an exhibition space and platform for photography basedin Dubai) and the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby; and was a contributing author to the photobook Deposit by Yann Mingard, as well as to a dictionary entitled Factory Tools, which was published within Fabrik, the catalogue of the German Pavilion (curated by Florian Ebner) at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
For 2016 he will be the chief curator of Krakow Photomonth to open on May 12th.
He received his Master of Arts degree in Curating and Museum Education, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His thesis examined the future of photographic institutions in relation to changes taking place within photographic practice and theory. In addition he holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Imagineering — (Re)activating the Photographic. Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt, Werker Magazine and Discipula (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2016); Yann Mingard: Deposit (Tytonie, Krakow 2016); Paul Graham: New Europe (Galeria Starmach, 2016); Max Pinckers: Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow - MOCAK, 2016); Beyond Evidence: An Incomplete Narratology of Photographic Truths (co-curated with Louise Clements; FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, 2015); For Future Reference (Paris Photo and Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, 2014); Tanya Habjouqa: Occupied Pleasures (East Wing, Dubai, 2014).
As editor & author: The (Un)becomings of Photography — On Reaggregating and Reassembling the Photographic and its Institutions(Foundation for Visual Arts, 2016); as contributing author: Fabrik, catalogue of the German Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale (Verlag Walther König, 2015); FORMAT15 — Evidence (Format International Photography Festival, 2015); Deposit by Yann Mingard (Steidl, 2014).
Based in ZURICH, SWITZERLAND