Contact

marie [at] mariethams [dot] com

Practice

Marie Thams (1982, DK) is a visual artist based in Copenhagen. She holds an MFA from the Schools of Visual Arts, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2011) and a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts and History of Art from Goldsmiths, London (2009).

In her work Thams unites many artistic disciplines, installation, sculpture, sound, film, poetry and performance, in a unified expression. She thereby creates more entrances for conversations that deal with topics such as gender and equality, working life and productivity as well as rhetoric. Thams examines how our voices, bodies and actions are shaped in response to society's expectations and currents. Characteristic of Thams is the use of her own voice and language, just as she often works with dissecting and dismantling structures and patterns — pictorially and textually.

Her works have been presented in various national and international institutions such as Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, DK; Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, DK; ARKEN Museum for Contemporary Art, DK; Copenhagen Contemporary; Heartland Festival, DK; Kunsthal Nord, DK; ActionAid, DK; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, DK; Screen Festival, Barcelona; URBANEK, London; Milestone Institute, Budapest; and Viborg Kunsthal, DK.

Her work is part of the collections of Danish National Gallery, Aalborg Municipality's Art Foundation, and private collections.

Current

person – in motion, travelling project across Denmark between October 2022 and June 2023. person – i bevægelse [person – in motion] is developed by visual artist Marie Thams and curator Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller. The project consists of a series of exhibitions, film screenings and performative conversation and unfolds at Rønnebæksholm, Copenhagen Contemporary, Kunsthal Nord in Aalborg and Kunsthal Aarhus. Read about the whole project, the 15 participating authors here.
A follow up publication is to be pulished in Autumn 2024 with Gads Forlag

A Tone or Two, publication and sound work published in 2023 by Oscilliations and Lydgalleriet (Bergen, NO), curated by writer and artist Samuel Brzeski. Part of publication series Vibrational Semantics with contributions by writers and artists Lisa Busby, Daniela Cascella, Holly Pester, Cia Rinne and Marie Thams.

Listen (Are Your Dreaming?) (sculpture, 2022) is now part of the collection of the Aalborg Municipality's Art Foundation and installed at Gigantium, Aalborg.

re (sound, textile and video installation, 2017) can be experienced at the National Gallery of Denmark, as part of the exhibition area Danish Art Now.

Press

Interview about film work person and the travelling project person – in motion, ARTICULATE Magazine (in English), june 2023.
"Favner sproget alle?" (Does this language include everyone?), radio programme and podcast Ordkløver, radio 24syv (in Danish), April 29, 2022 – interview about person (film work).
"Der er spiritualitet, aktion, eufori og melankoli i luften", review by Birgitte Ellemann Höegh, Berlingske, April 5, 2022.
"Historisk indkøb" (new acquisitions by National Gallery of Denmark), kunstkritikk.dk, June 2020.
"Aage og Yelva Nimbs Fond uddeler hæderslegater", kunsten.nu, October 2019 (honorary award).
"Marie Thams: Promises of a Distant Now", IDOART.dk, October 2019.
"5 hjerter: 10 unge kunstnere imponerer med sære, syrede og uventede oplevelser på Arken", by Trine Ross, review of Young Danish Art. Forecasting the Future, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Politiken, August 17, 2019
"Lyse stemmer og prekære forhold", by Nina Wöhlk, kunsten.nu, June 6, 2018.
"Kunstnerens arbejdsvilkår er centrum for ny bogudgivelse", by Sandra Vangberg, kunsten.nu, October 17, 2016.
"Det handler (ikke) om mit køn", by Ole Bak Jakobsen, kunsten.nu, October 27, 2015.

Texts about

"Sårbare Prognoser", by Dea Thune Antonsen in Ung dansk kunst: Samfundsprognoser, exhibition catalogue, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, DK, 2019 (Danish version); and "Precarious Forecasts in Danish Contemporary Art" in ARKEN Bulletin 8, 2020 (English version).
"The Crystal Voice", by Nina Power for the exhibition "Promises of a Distant Now", Marie Thams @ URBANEK, London, 2019.
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.
Den umulige ikke-handling [The impossible non-action.], by Maria Bordoff, 2015

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Teaching, organisation and other engagements

Furthermore, Thams works as an independent organiser, editor and educator - see activities, positions and teaching in CV

Press/text related to curatorial and other activities

"Joyrides" on Graduation Exhibition, Funen Art Academy, by Nanna Friis, Kunstkritikk.dk, May 12, 2021.
"At tale med én stemme", by Cecilie Høgsbroe Østergaard, Kunstkritikk.dk, November 10, 2014.
"A sculptural manifestation in the North Harbour", by Maria Bordoff, Kopenhagen.dk, November 7, 2014.
"Institutionen er vores!", by Jacob Lillemose, Kuntkritikk.dk, October 29, 2013.

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