Lucia Pietroiusti is Head of Ecologies at Serpentine, London. As a curator, she works at the intersection of art, ecology and systems, often outside of the exhibition space.
She was the founder of Serpentine’s General Ecology project (2018-ongoing) and the curator of the Golden Lion-winning opera-performance, Sun & Sea (Marina) by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte, the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (and its 2020-2025 international tour). Current and ongoing projects include the festival, podcast and research project The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, an interdisciplinary enquiry into theories of mind across species and beings; as well as the 8th Biennale Gherdeïna, Personen Persons, in 2022 (both with Filipa Ramos).
At Serpentine, General Ecology has presented live events, radio programmes, publications as well as ongoing research projects. Pietroiusti is also a co-curator of Back to Earth – Serpentine’s 50th anniversary programme, dedicated to the environment (ongoing), which invites 65+ artists to devise environmental campaigns, prototypes or interventions in artwork form. Pietroiusti was the co-founder and co-curator of the Serpentine Podcast (since 2015, with Eva Jäger, Ben Vickers and Kay Watson). Pietroiusti was one of the curators of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, Bodies of Water (2020/2021, with Andrés Jaque, Chief Curator; Marina Otero Verzier; Filipa Ramos and You Mi) and the second edition of POWER NIGHTS at E-Werk Luckenwalde, titled Being Mothers, in 2021/2022. Publications include the forthcoming reader for The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (with Filipa Ramos, 2023); More-than-Human (with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier, 2020); Microhabitable (with Fernando García-Dory, Spanish edition published 2020; English edition 2023); PLANTSEX (MAL Journal, 2019) and Sun & Sea (Marina) (2019).
Pietroiusti teaches and lectures internationally; she will be leading the Interior Ecologies module at HEAD Geneva’s MA Interior Architecture in 2023/24. She is a Trustee of the Gallery Climate Coalition.