An environmental campaign can be an artwork, the curator spearheading the Serpentine Galleries’ General Ecology programme says. ‘By calling something an artwork, you are allowing an institution to support it,’ Pietroiusti said earlier this year. At the London galleries she has kept questions of ecology, interspecies relationships and plant intelligence high on the institutional agenda, through talks and public programming. The Golden Lion-winning Lithuanian Pavilion she curated at the Venice Biennale in 2019, an opera addressing the Anthropocene by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, has toured to Hanover, Zürich and Bergen this year. Meanwhile, she brings this environmentally minded approach to the curatorial team of the Shanghai Biennale, which opened with a summit in November before the main show in 2021; and keeping an eye on innovative practices, she is cocurating (with James Bridle) a section of next year’s Helsinki Festival dedicated to artificial intelligence.
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