Laura McLean-Ferris’s writing has recently been concentrated on the way that art attends to affective bodies and technological systems in ways that are historic, diagnostic, speculative, exploratory, or propositional. Altering structures of labor and care have been of a particular recent concern, as have strategies for depicting social relationships and connected publics. Much of her writing is focused on the way that art registers societal transformation, and she is interested in thinking of art as a space in which cultural change is perceived affectively before other means. 

Laura McLean-Ferris is an art writer and curator based in New York. She is adjunct curator at Swiss Institute and regularly writes essays, criticism and interviews for Artforum, ArtReview, Art-Agenda, friezeMousse, Rhizome and Flash Art International, where she is US editor. She has written features on numerous artists, including Rachel Rose, Amelie von Wulffen, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Danh Vo, Aleksandra Domanovic, Anne Imhof and Martin Syms. She was part of the curatorial team for Performa 13 and her recent exhibitions include Geographies of Contamination at David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2014), Till the stars turn cold at Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2015), Columbidae, a two-part show at Cell Project Space, London (2015) and Our Lacustrine Cities (2015) at Chapter NY.