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ROMA PIOTROWSKA - EXHIBITIONS MANAGER, IKON GALLERY

Roma Piotrowska works as an Exhibitions Manager at Ikon Gallery. She also works as an independent curator, project manager and writer. She worked on the development of the Iraq Pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2015; and is the curatorial assistant of its upcoming edition at the 56th International Venice Biennale Art Exhibition. Her previous roles have included working as a Curatorial Assistant for the 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012, China). Her research interests focus on archives, memory, identity, politics and economy in relation to art.

 
 
 Dan Flavin untitled (to Cy Twombly) 1, 1972 cool white and daylight fluorescent light 8 ft. (244 cm) wide across a corner © 2016 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London

Dan Flavin
untitled (to Cy Twombly) 1, 1972
cool white and daylight fluorescent light
8 ft. (244 cm) wide across a corner
© 2016 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London

Lisa: When did you first discover your love of art?

Roma: I have always been interested in art. In my teenage years I was interested in art of the 20th century, especially experiments of the 1960s, early video art, body art and land art. Works by Nam June Paik, The Vienna Action Group and early Marina Abramović really triggered my imagination. I wanted to be part of these exciting, challenging and rebellious things. I quickly realised that I would prefer working with art as a facilitator rather than as an artist. That’s why I decided to study art history.  I learned a lot about art from historic periods but I was most excited about contemporary art, so I started volunteering at Wyspa Institute of Art, a contemporary art gallery on the grounds of the former shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. It was a very experimental and well recognised gallery, nationally and internationally. Three years spent there were very formative for me and I really felt that I was part of something important artistically and politically.

Read the rest of Roma's interview on Jackson's Art blog