Lucia Pietroiusti

Curator of General Ecology at London's Serpentine Galleries

As Curator of General Ecology at London’s Serpentine Galleries, Pietroiusti is convener of a ‘cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary, crossmedia research project’ that aims to rethink institutional infrastructures. Effectively a think tank supported by an art institution, its exploration into the intersection of ecology, interspecies communication and artificial consciousness was showcased this year in a symposium (coorganised with Filipa Ramos) at the London Zoo featuring artists, theorists, botanists and ecologists. But the undoubted highlight of Pietroiusti’s research into humanity’s entanglement in the natural world – a hot-button topic in the artworld – came when she curated the Golden Lion-winning Lithuanian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. This sprawling (and vastly expensive) opera by artists and musicians Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė addressed climate change and loss by staging an artificial beach in a military complex. Which begs the question of what she plans to do next.