Power 100

Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld


Lucia Pietroiusti

Curator - Founder of the General Ecology project at the Serpentine; cocurating the Biennale Gherdeïna 8

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Pietroiusti founded the General Ecology project at the Serpentine in 2018, plugging environmental concern into every facet of the London institution. The project continues, though the curator has now officially left the organisation and is acting as a ‘strategic consultant’. Developing the Institute for General Ecology as an independent body in which art and science are in dialogue, she is making a further attempt at modelling what a contemporary institution might be in an age of crisis. She has also been keeping Sun & Sea (Marina), the climate change opera she originally curated for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, on tour. This year it was staged in ten cities across Europe and the USA. One of those stops was E-Werk Luckenwalde, outside Berlin, where she is currently curating a portion of their Power Nights series of immersive evening art programmes, with events by Karrabing Film Collective and Cooking Sections. Next year she will take the lead on the forthcoming Biennale Gherdeïna 8 (with Filipa Ramos) in Italy, and work with James Bridle in programming a section of the Helsinki Festival, following ideas around AI and the more-than-human.

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