Laura Chen (b. 1997)

Dutch artist based in Birmingham, UK 

Photographer | Image Maker | Mixed-Media Artist

Laura is fascinated by documenting her daily encounters and whereabouts. She uses her camera as a device and tool to make sense of the world. Anything can inspire her work and train of thought, from mundane things in her immediate surroundings to personal and contemporary issues. Laura shoots both analog and digital, and likes to experiment with different approaches to image making. She occasionally explores mixed-media and traditional photo montage techniques to alter her images and to articulate her ideas. 


New Dutch Photography Talent 2020 exhibition and book launch 6-8 December 2019 | Westergas, Amsterdam, NL.

'Killer Queens' solo exhibition 11 September - 13 October 2019 | Foto Atelier BW5, NL.

Sky High Skies 2019 - Transpace Gallery at Illinois State University, USA.

Sandwell Pride of Place Project as part of Blast! Photo Festival 2019 | Multistory, UK.

Series 'Words From Dad' and commissioned work for Chinese New Year Festival 2019 | Birmingham Hippodrome, UK.

The Green Lens exhibition 2019 - EcoBirmingham & Ampersand Projects | Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham, UK.

Project Birmingham exhibition 2018 | Medicine Bakery, Birmingham, UK.

Recent Publications

Propellor Magazine (Hélice) Issue #3 "Propaganda" 2019.

Midlands Zone #272, Dec 2019/Jan 2020 | Interview & Monthly Feature about ongoing series 'Killer Queens'.

Midlands Zone #Issue 271, November 2019 | World Aids Day campaign.

Riffs Journal - Volume 3, Issue #1 | April 2019.

Selected Clients and Commissions

Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Improv Festival, Project Birmingham, Project Soundlounge Festival, Custard Factory, Digbeth Dining Club, The Vintage Kilo Sale, Judy’s Vintage Fair, Weigh and Pay.


Currently studying BA (Hons) Photography at Birmingham City University.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media - TV & Film Production at Walsall Studio School.

Nominated as UK’s Highly Commended Media Student of the Year 2017 by BTEC Pearson.


Killer Queens solo exhibition at Foto Atelier BW5, The Netherlands.

11 Sep - 13 Oct 2019

The Green Lens exhibition at the Midlands Arts Centre - MAC in Birmingham. 

1 Sep - 28 Oct 2018

Project Birmingham exhibition at the Medicine Bakery in Birmingham.

14 - 17 June 2018

Helping local Creatives & Artists, showcasing their work, growing a community, investing in themselves & their city.

Sky High Skies | Show me the Sky group exhibition at Transpace Gallery - Illinois State University, USA.

10 - 15 Sep 2019

Features & Screengrabs

Sassify Zine

Sassify Zine
Using Format