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Lucia Pietroiusti

Curator - Founder of the Serpentine’s General Ecology project; cocurator of the Biennale Gherdeïna 8

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As the blurb for the 8th Biennale Gherdeïna (which Pietroiusti curated this year with Filipa Ramos) states, she is committed to ‘celebrating the multitude of living forms – human, animal, vegetal, mineral, mycological persons’, in whichever way she can. Another way is through her new independent Radical Ecology outfit, formed with filmmaker and activist Ashish Ghadiali and patron Nicoletta Fiorucci’s money, which brings together artists and creatives with thinkers, scientists, activists and intergovernmental agencies to tackle issues around ecological justice. The organisation launched in July with the symposium ‘Equilibrium’ – organised around the London stop of Sun & Sea (Marina), the ‘climate- change opera’ that Pietroiusti curated for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale – and a film programme (featuring works by Carolina Caycedo and Sky Hopinka) addressing ecocide, air pollution and climate displacement. Meanwhile, Pietroiusti’s General Ecology project for the Serpentine Galleries produced Back to Earth, an exhibition that tackled the climate emergency, to mixed reviews.

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