Therme Art Program

UPCOMING EVENT: THERME FORUM AT THE BRITISH PAVILION DURING THE 58TH VENICE BIENNALE

Therme Group is pleased to partner with The British Council for its 2019 Venice Edition to present Therme Art Program’s Therme Forum:

 

 

The Right to Refuse
Resisting Predominant Narratives as a Condition of Originality

 

Against the backdrop of the 58th Venice Biennale’s finissage, this iteration of Therme Forum will examine the possibilities of refusal. In particular, it will consider the work of artists who work outside the current system of explaining and contextualizing art––artists who refuse to be mediated or filtered, understanding their art instead as a carte blanche. Using these artists as a starting point, panelists will discuss the social and political efficacy of refusal, and how it might be used to ensure artists thrive outside our conventional market system. Embodying and producing new forms of value, it will examine the ability of refusal to forge free spaces in our cities unrestricted by the mediation of commerce or technological filters.

By prioritizing direct experience, these artists allow viewers to enter into dialogue with art. As a result of this, there is also a necessity to protect free spaces in art, where culture and creativity can flourish, unmediated by the distortion of external voices and commodification. It is within these conceptual spaces that we can explore new ways of thinking beyond our current limitations, allowing us to imagine and generate ways of programming cities that are more creative, sustainable, and free.

 

Panelists:

Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts, British Council
Claudia Paetzold, Art Advisor & Curator
Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries & Curator, Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019
Roya Sachs, Curator, Lever House Art Collection
Zoé Whitley, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery
Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Courtauld Institute
Robert C. Hanea, President & CEO, Therme Group

Moderated by:
Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator, Therme Art Program

*Admission to Therme Forum requires a Biennale Art 2019 Ticket

 

Panelist Bios

Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts, British Council

Emma Dexter joined the British Council in 2014. Over the past 5 years the department has presented more than 20 different exhibitions globally, the majority based on the British Council Collection including a David Shrigley exhibition in Shanghai and Guadalajara, and a Grayson Perry exhibition in Kiev, Istanbul, and Sarajevo. Recent group exhibitions include The Art of Dissonance, Seoul, and Perceptionsa collaborative curatorial project linking five different institutions in the Western Balkans. As Commissioner of the British Pavilion in Venice she oversaw Phyllida Barlow’s representation of the UK at La Biennale d’Arte in 2017, and earlier this year commissioned Cathy Wilkes to represent the UK at the 58th edition in 2019.

 

Claudia Paetzold, Art Advisor & Curator

A graduate of the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Christie’s Education, Claudia Paetzold has been an art advisor for more than ten years, building private collections and foundations and acting as a VIP consultant for Art Basel. Paetzold focuses on art as a catalyst for awareness and evolution. As the Artistic Director and Curator of SFER IK in Tulum, she is developing original concepts which integrate contemporary art, ancestral knowledge, technological innovation, and applied sustainability, which culminate in new ways of creating and experiencing art.

 

Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries, and Curator, Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019

Lucia Pietroiusti is the Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London, as well as the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation in 2019. Pietroiusti curates the long-term General Ecology project for Serpentine, a strategic, cross-organizational effort dedicated to the implementation of ecological principles throughout all of the galleries’ exhibitions, programs, and network. Recent and upcoming projects include The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish series with Filipa Ramos, and Back to Earth, the Serpentine’s 50th anniversary programs in 2020. Forthcoming publications include More-than-Human, co-edited with Andrés Jaque, and Marina Otero Verzier.

 

Roya Sachs, Curator, Lever House Art Collection

Roya Sachs is an independent curator and artistic director. She is currently Curator of Lever House Art Collection and Co-Founder of Triadic, a creative house focused on cross-disciplinary arts. Sachs has presented exhibitions, performances, and installations in collaboration with institutions and companies including Lever House, Performa, Google, Spring Place, Gertrude, Mana Contemporary, BOSI Contemporary Gallery, Gerson Zevi Gallery, and LAMB Arts. Her artistic collaborators include Peter Halley, the New York City Ballet, the Campana Brothers, Karole Armitage, Adam Pendleton, assume vivid astro focus, Adam McEwen, and Katherine Bernhardt, to name a few. She sits on the Board of Directors at Performa and is co-chair of the Performa Visionaries. Sachs is based between New York and London.

 

Zoé Whitley, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery

Zoé Whitley is Senior Curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London. Prior to her role at the Hayward, she was Curator, International Art, at Tate Modern, where she co-curated the exhibition Soul of a Nation. Whitley has curated works by Jenny Holzer, Lubaina Himid, and Isaac Julien, among others, and in 2013 conceived the exhibition The Shadows Took Shape in collaboration with the Studio Museum Harlem. Following an open call issued by the British Council, she was the first mid-career curator attached to the British Pavilion for the International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia.

 

Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Courtauld Institute

Sarah Wilson is an art historian and curator focusing on contemporary global art, with special interests in post-war and cold war Europe, the USSR, and Russia today. Recent publications include The Visual World of French Theory, Figurations, and Picasso/Marx and Socialist Realism in France. She co-curated the 1st Asian Biennale/5th Guangzhou Triennale and received the 2015 International Association of Art Critics award for distinguished contribution to art criticism.

 

Robert C. Hanea, President & CEO, Therme Group

Robert C. Hanea is President and CEO of Therme Group, a leading global technology company  and integrator of wellness and entertainment concepts focused on revolutionizing the wellbeing industry. Hanea holds a LLM degree from The National Law University in Romania and a Law Degree from Ludwig-Maximillian University (LMU) München, Germany. He also holds a Degree of Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) from the University of München.

 

Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator, Therme Art Program

Mikolaj Sekutowicz is Vice President of Therme Group, a leading global technology company and integrator of wellness and entertainment concepts focused on revolutionizing the wellbeing industry. Responsible for the global rollout, Sekutowicz co-initiated Therme Art Program, and serves as its Curator. Being a lawyer and management professional his whole career, he was also founding director of TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art and publisher of art related books.

 

*Admission to Therme Forum requires a Biennale Art 2019 Ticket
For more information on the British Pavilion please visit: www.venicebiennale.britishcouncil.org
For the full list of official programming during the Biennale Arte 2019 finissage: www.labiennale.org/en/agenda