Kerstin Stakemeier* (*1975) lives and works in Berlin (G) and Maastricht (NL). She received a Dipl.rer Pol. from FU Berlin and an M.A. in History of Art from University College London, where she currently completes her PhD on the "Entkunstung of Art". She has worked for a number of institutions, including the Kunstverein in Hamburg (G) and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (S), initiated the Space for Actualization with Nina Köller in 2007/2008 and writes a.o. for Texte zur Kunst, Afterall, and Phase 2. At the moment she is a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, working on a project on Realism in contemporary art.