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Marie Thams
b. 1982, Dk
Based in Copenhagen

Education

2009 - 2011
MFA Visual Art & Art Theory, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art, Copenhagen, DK

2006 - 2009
BA (hons) Fine Art & History of Art, Goldsmiths College, London University, London, UK

2005 - 2006
Contemporary Art Practice, Metáfora Centro d'Art Contemporany, Barcelona, ES

2002 - 2003
Titulació del grau en disseny de moda (1st year), ESDI, Escola Superior de Disseny, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, ES

Selected exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2017
re, c4 projects, Copenhagen, DK
2015
Stemmen, bull mengers, Laven - Silkeborg, DK
Handlingens resonans (duo exhibition), Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg, DK
2013
frivillig handling, The Demo Room, Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK
No, and other possibilities, Holodeck, Oslo, NO
2006
Marie Thams, Club Escandinavo, Barcelona, ES

Group exhibitions
2017
Om Arbejde, Danske Grafikeres Hus, Copenhagen, DK -
I would prefer not to, meter, Copenhagen, DK
Carne Curada, Klink Studios, Barcelona, ES
FEMINISME-FRIHED-FEST, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Copenhagen, DK
2016
Fantom Cinema (launch), curated by Hour Projects, Glasgow International, UK
STEMMER #10, NLH Space, Copenhagen, DK
2015
unFOLD, fourFOLD, London, UK
bygninger, Contemporary Address at HCØ Hus, Copenhagen, DK
Morphing, 700IS Reindeerland 10 year anniversary show, The Nordic House, Reykjavík, IS
2014
REVISIT, Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK
700IS Reindeerland 2014, Egilsstaðir, Fljótsdalshérað, IS
Family Man, ODRADEK, Copenhagen, DK
Art & Merch, DasKunstbüro, Aarhus, DK
2013
Jonas' Julekort, Atelier September, Copenhagen, DK
2012
Screen Festival, Círculo de Lectores, Barcelona, ES
2011
Oh my God!, Silkeborg Church, Silkeborg, DK. Curator: Line Sandvad Mengers
EXIT 2011, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, DK
2010
Trådløs, Q, Copenhagen, DK
HARBOUR/HORIZON, BKS-Garage, Copenhagen, DK
Manufacturing Today, Trondheim Art Biennial, NO. Curator: Cristina Ricupero
Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
2009
Heart of Dixie UK, X in Romford, London, UK
Goodbye, Cruel World, Hold & Freight Gallery, London, UK. Curator: Amal Khalaf
2008
Until the Scene Becomes Improbable, North & South Gallery, Oakland, CA
Circuit-Wisely, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London, UK. Curator: Natascha Nanji
Curiosophy, Red Gate Gallery, London, UK
2007
Still Place, Nolias Gallery, London, UK

Residencies, grants, commisions

2017
The Danish Arts Foundation (working grant)
2016
Decoration of Strøbyskolen, primary school DK
2015
The Danish Arts Foundation (working grant)
October 2014 & January 2015
Artist in residency, 700IS Reindeerland, Egilsstaðir/Reykjavík, Iceland

Art Publication

8 hours? 0,- desire, sound work/publication, produced for the serie Not not work, published by Hour Editions, Copenhagen, 2016

Work Book, text and image contribution. Edited by Kristina Bengtsson and Kevin Malcolm. Published by Hours Editions, Copenhagen, 2015

MAKING ROOM. Nordic Artists, Institutions and Artist Institutions in the Modern Breakthrough and Today. Edited by Marie Thams and Hannah Heilmann et al. Published by Den Frie, Copenhagen, 2014.
Contributions by: Michael Bank Christoffersen, Jan Cox, Honza Hoeck, Hugo Hopping, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Kitty Corbet Milward, Kristín Scheving, Sydhavn Station, Mikkel Thelle, and from the partner institutions Anna Scram Vejlby (The Hirschsprung Collection), David Jackson (University of Leeds) and Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg (Den Frie), introduction and interviews af Hannah Heilmann and Marie Thams. Acquired by the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection (Chicago), V&A Museum’s National Art Library (London), the Oslo National Academy of the Arts Library and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, New York)

Stage_Space_Eternity, København: Det Kgl. Danske Kunstakademis Billedkunstskoler, 2010

Publication and texts

So close, yet so far away, text for Line Sanvad Mengers' solo exhibition SO CLOSE at rum46, Aarhus, DK, May - June 2015

"RUGBRØD OG INVESTERING. UKK rapporterer fra Kulturmødet, Mors d. 22. - 24. august 2013 (RYE BREAD AND INVESTMENT. UKK report from the Culture Meeting, Mors August 22-24, 2013)". Published on KUNSTEN.NU September 4, 2013

UKK Survey 2012, a publication reflecting on a survey among UKK (Unge Kunstnere og Kunstformidlere) members made in the spring of 2012 and published in relation to UKKs 10 years anniversary (co-coordinator)

”Letter to Mr. Bartleby” in the exhibition catalogue Exit11. Published by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Scools of Visual Art, Copenhagen, 2011

Editor of Kaffebord 2010 and Kaffebord 2011, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

Tracing the borders: A collective reaction from emerging European artists to their contemporary cultural environment – European text exchange produced in relation to Trondheim bi-annual, Manufacturing Today, 2010. Ed. Sara Walters

Potential line of thought: A reaction to a seemingly wide open door, text produced for the exhibition: “X” PRESENTS… HEART OF DIXIE UK, London, 2009

“Response to Letters to a Young Poet” in the exhibition catalogue Goldsmiths Fine Art & History of Art BA 2009. Published by Goldsmiths College, London, 2009

Curatorial projects

2015
Curator of The Copenhagen Declaration, Jens Haaning / Santiago Sierra. At The Foundry (a/political), Maubourguet, France, from June 13 - October 1, 2015. See images and more here

Assistant curator of We will push the ship from shore and let it drift toward the darkest of oceans: Malmö Art Academy visits Malmö Art Museum in collaboration with Joachim Koester, Emily Wardill, Malmö Art Academy and Malmö Art Museum.
Exhibition at Malmö Art Museum, June 5 - August 30, 2015

Guest curator, Morphing, 700IS 10 year anniversary show. The Nordic House, Reykjavík, IS

2014 - 2015
Initiator and curator of The Copenhagen Declaration, Jens Haaning / Santiago Sierra. Co-curator Kim Kilde, realised in collaboration with Faurschou Foundation. October 30, 2014 - February 6, 2015 at Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen. See images and information here

2012
UKK 10 years anniversary, Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Co-organised by all board members of UKK

2011
Curator of MERGING GROUNDS Performance Festival, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Co-curators Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg and Malene Ratcliff

Organisational and teaching experience

2016
Guest teacher, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art, Copenhagen, DK on the course ”Organizing, Navigation and Operational Space” held in Tallinn, EST

2015
Guest teacher, Malmö Art Academy, SE, Critical & Pedagogical Studies (MFA)

2015
Talk, given at BFA programme, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art, Copenhagen, DK

2013 – present
Editor Yearbook, Malmö Art Academy, Lund's University, SE

2013 – 2014
Project organiser and editor of MAKING ROOM: Nordic Artists, Institutions and Artist Institutions of the Modern Breakthrough and Today. Symposium held at Den Frie, Copenhagen, October 31 - November 1, 2013, and related publication published by Den Frie, 2014. Collaboration with Hannah Heilmann and partner institutions Den Frie, The University of Leeds and The Hirschsprung Collection.

2014
Project manager, SAGA: Iceland - Art and Narrative, touring exhibition 2014 - 2016.
A collaboraton between: Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (DE), KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn, EST), Kunstmuseet i Tønder (DK) and Listasafn Ísland (IS)

2013
Project worker. The Danish Art Workshops, Copenhagen

2010 – 2013
Event coordinator, curator and editor at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

2009 – 2010
Project worker at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

2006
Assistant and secretary at the art school Metáfora Centro d'Art Contemporany, Barcelona

2002 – 2006
Fashion designer and owner, FraThams, Barcelona and Madrid

Positions of trust

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

2013 – present
External board member, Henrik and Dagmar Starcke's Grant

2012 - 2015
Chair person for UKK (Young Art Workers)'s board. Voluntary work. Non-profit organisation working to improve young artists and artworkers' working conditions in Denmark (ukk.dk)

2012– 2013
UKK representative in Dansk Kunstnerråd. An interdisciplinary organisation for the professional artists' organisations in Denmark

2011 - 2012
Vice chair person for UKK (Young Art Workers)'s board. Voluntary work

Talks and debates

2016
Performative conversation w. Maria Bordoff at the launch of the sound work/publication "8 hours? 0,- desire", SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen
2014
Moderator, debate "Critical Art Education - Up for Debate", FUKK, Forenede Uafhængige Københavnske Kunstnere (United Independent Copenhagen Based Artists)
2013
Panellist, seminar ”The Role of the Kunsthalle in Contemporary Art”, The Association of Kunsthalle in Denmark
Moderator, two-day symposium MAKING ROOM, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
Debater, The Culture Meeting, Mors, DK