marie [at] mariethams [dot] com


Visual artist based in Copenhagen.
Thams' artistic practice is driven by questions around the valuation of human activities in the current (late)capitalist society; our working culture's dictation of identity and artistic value; the relation between biological body and social/political status, for example.
Her work often includes a combination of sound, text, video, and sculptural elements, resulting in larger installations and performative gestures. Recent years she has had a special focus on spoken, poetic text (Spanish, Danish, English)—both as independent work, as part of larger installations and as publications.

Furthermore, Thams works as an independent curator, organiser and editor - follow the activities on news.


Solo exhibition opening at Milestone Institute, Budapest. Opening in May 2019

Samfundsprognoser: Ung dansk kunst, group exhibition at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj (DK), opening in August 2019

SPOKEN, festival, Odense, August 2019


New text published - this one is only in Danish: KRITISK MASSE I FLYDENDE FORM?, udgivet d. 18. oktober 2018 på IDOART.DK. Teksten er en reaktion på diskussionen om hvorvidt danske kunstnere er aktive nok i samfundsdebatten og for at påpege et stærkt aspekt af billedkunstens bidrag til, ja netop samfundet. Læs teksten her.

The Object is to Change the Soul - group exhibition with Kirsten Astrup, Lea Guldditte Hestelund, Ditte Gantriis and Marie Thams, curated by Iben Elmstrøm. Heartland Festival, May 31–June 2, Egeslov Slotspark, Fyn.
Review in, June 6, 2018

More in: exhibitions

Press/text, June 6, 2018 "Lyse stemmer og prekære forhold", by Nina Wöhlk
Video by I DO ART agency, February 2018, HEARTLAND TEMPORARY "The Object is to Change the Soul"
Billedkunstneren, BKF, December 2016 (pp. 21-23), "Jeg kan ikke stoppe, jeg vil ikke stoppe", by Miriam Katz, October 17, 2016 "Kunstnerens arbejdsvilkår er centrum for ny bogudgivelse", by Sandra Vangberg
Den umulige ikke-handling [The impossible non-action], by Maria Bordoff, 2015, October 27, 2015, "Det handler (ikke) om mit køn", by Ole Bak Jakobsen


Teaching, curatorial and other projects

Currently Editor of Yearbook, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden.

Member, Board of Representatives at Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfonds Repræsentantskab), 2017-2020.

Selected publications and projects:
Sound work/publication 8 hours? 0,- desire, made on invitation from Hour Editions. The work was first launched at Glasgow International in April '16, and later in Copenhagen in October '16 at SixtyEight Art Institute. See pictures and info from performative talk w. Maria Bordoff at launch in Copenhagen here
Hour Edition is distributing the publication.

MAKING ROOM, Nordic Artists, Institutions and Artist Institutions in the Modern Breakthrough and Today. Edited together with Hannah Heilmann et al. Published by Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2014.
For more information see here. Sold at Den Frie (Copenhagen), OFFICIN (Copenhagen), Tordepo Press (Oslo), Malmö Konsthall (SE), MOTTO (Berlin) and Aarhus Kunsthal (DK)

In 2014/15 Thams initiated a collaboration between the artists Jens Haaning (DK) and Santiago Sierra (ES) on Danish ground. This resulted in the exhibition and work The Copenhagen Declaration first shown at (and produced by) Fauschou Foundation, Copenhagen and later at The Foundry, Maubourguet, FR (a/political).

Press/text, November 10, 2014, "At tale med én stemme", by Cecilie Høgsbroe Østergaard, November 7, 2014, "A sculptural manifestation in the North Harbour", by Maria Bordoff, October 29, 2013, "Institutionen er vores!", by Jacob Lillemose