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Curator Spotlight: Patricia Brien

Curating is a relatively new path for Patricia Brien, but it has been in development for a long time. Our Curator has an extensive experience in the academic field. Having taught in several universities at principal and senior lecturer levels and being employed in academic management positions, she knows how to organise and structure matters. Even in her speech this quality is recognisable, Patricia’s sentences are thought through. She is not afraid to take a deliberate pause to find the right word that will pierce through. Also, her approach to curation presents quiet moments for artistic thought. When conducting curation process, she believes in giving freedom to create. Observing the participants, Patricia detects connecting points within the group and thereafter forms a wireframe for a coherent exhibition.

An underlaying theme for this curator is human position in relationship to the inhuman, such as animals, plants and the unseen such as air and particles. She is inspired by neo-paganist love for rituals and storytelling, appreciating existing customs as well as creating new narratives, assigning meaning to objects and acts of no significance. Patricia Brien prefers site-specific work. This involves going outside and working with others or bringing the outside world inside. This Curator’s creative practice employs a two directional approach. Using both top-down and bottom-up strategies, Patricia can introduce efficiency within the group dynamics, simultaneously encouraging exchange of opinions and 2-way learning.

Patricia Brien is a lifelong learner and traveller. She has lectured and curated student work in numerous institutions, on different continents. Our curator has been exposed to numerous fields of study, though a lurking theme has been the fashion industry- covering fashion shows in Paris, investigating and incorporating sustainable and ethical fashion design. Her passion is textile art. Textile art is still an underrated art form, historically discriminated and dogmatised by the art world because it has been defined by the patriarchal canon as incapable of conceptual content due its historical connection with women.

The stay in Leipzig has given Patricia a taste for residencies, although she has previously taken part in several others, currently she is looking forward to producing her own work as well as creating community engagement projects with other artists.

Patricia Brien is a person who is always becoming, constantly doing something new. She considers daily rituals as an important means to centre oneself. She believes that throughout life we can continue to change and develop. Otherwise it’s boring.

written by Agnes


Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

Meet the curator: Clementine Butler-Gallie

Upon her arrival to Berlin, Clementine visited the ancient sculpture of Nefertiti. At once fascinated by the former Egyptian Queen, she would return to see it time and time again. Unearthed by a German archaeological company in 1924, the bust currently resides in Berlin’s Neues Museum. Up to this day, Egypt has demanded its repatriation – and to no avail. Now the statue stands as a symbol of colonialism, German cultural heritage and a commercial icon through its subsequent reproduction. From an art history perspective, this led her to contemplate enduring controversies surrounding issues of ownership and the westernisation of an image.  

She started to compile a personal archive of images and data, culminating in an overwhelming urge to showcase her findings. In 2016, she co-founded East of Elsewhere; a curatorial venture which began hosting independent exhibitions in the living room of her east Berlin apartment. After successfully curating their first salon, the collective would advertise their spare room for international artist residencies in exchange for a final exhibition at the end of their stay. They began hosting projects on behalf of artist-friends, including an emergency exhibition in retaliation to the growing momentum of the far-right AFD political party pre-German election. She said that it was all about ‘having that space’to exhibit and ‘using what we had in order to react to what was happening around us’.


photos by PILOTENKUECHE

Clementine studied history of art at Glasgow University and Christies Education, before working as a Gallery Assistant in London for two years. However, seduced by Berlin’s thriving contemporary art scene and experimental ethos, she decided to book a twenty pound flight with the intent to work more intimately with artists on a collaborative basis. ‘The gallery in London were a real family to me’, she says, but resolves that the art world in Britain’s cultural capital is naturally very commercially driven and somewhat elitist. She unapologetically admits that this posed a conflict with her romanticised notion of the artist, deriving from adolescent obsessions with the likes of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, the Bloomsbury Set, and their bohemian ways. Berlin’s cheap rent, along with its wealth of unused buildings left more room for creative output and artistic exchange. It was a scene of raw potential… an avant-garde wonderland.

Clementine continues to host exhibitions, talks and workshops ‘elsewhere’; including most recently a collaborative series in an old bank on London’s Brompton Road. She’s now based in Saxony’s boomtown, Leipzig. She’s eager to indulge herself in the city’s growing art scene with its recent influx of artists and emerging wealth of undiscovered spaces. Taking on Pilotenkueche as the next curator of the program, she’s particularly excited for the first group exhibition, which will be held in the basement of an old power-plant at Kunstkraftwerk.

Curatorially, she is looking forward to embracing the challenges that come with presenting multiple artworks beyond white walls. She’s particularly interested in exploring ideas of interior and exterior space and challenging traditional conceptualisations of the exhibition form. She doesn’t view narrative as singular or linear and hates to see an exhibition as the final product, but rather a laboratory where dialogues unfold… a testing ground for development and experimentation.

written by Ellisha Walkden

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Clementine will be curating the following shows for Pilotenkueche International Art Program

Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone

Vernissage: Sat 18 May 2019, 7PM
Open: Sun 19 – Fri 31 May 2019, 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
Location: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Str. 8, 04179 Leipzig


Wrestling with Impermanence

Vernissage: Fri 21 June 2019, 7PM
Open: Sat 22 – Wed 26 June 2019 1PM-5PM
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
Performance: To be announced