Contact

marie [at] mariethams [dot] com

Practice

Visual artist based in Copenhagen.
Marie Thams's work is research and context based and her productions often result in larger installations consisting of sound, video and sculptural elements. Voice plays a central part in Thams's practice and she work with voice, speech, and text (in Spanish, Danish and English) as part of installation, publication, audio, and performance.
Key questions in Thams's work concern the possible points of departure and impetus we humans have in the world; the experienced relation between social, political and biological being; valorisation of human activities in the semio-capitalist society; human productivity; the present labour market and production strain.

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

Current and upcoming

Resistant Voices – solo exhibition at Milestone Institute, Budapest. June 8 – August 4, 2019.

Samfundsprognoser: Ung dansk kunst, group exhibition at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj (DK), opening August 16, 2019

SPOKEN, festival, Odense, August 2019

Solo exhibition at URBANEK, London, UK, opening in October 2019

Recent

Essay Kritisk masse i flydende form? (this one is only in Danish), published October 2018 on IDOART.DK, and in Billedkunstneren (BKFs magazine) in December 2018.
– 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 2018, Egeslov Slotspark, Fyn.
Review in kunsten.nu, June 6, 2018

More in: exhibitions

Press/text

kunsten.nu, 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
kunsten.nu, 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
kunsten.nu, October 27, 2015, "Det handler (ikke) om mit køn", by Ole Bak Jakobsen

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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

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