Petronella Grönroos has worked for over a decade as exhibition coordinator at the artist-association-led exhibition space Photographic Gallery Hippolyte in Helsinki, where she has been involved in coordinating and curating exhibitions, festivals and other events. She is currently studying at Aalto University’s MA programme Visual Culture, Curating and Contemporary Art, with an interest in developing methods of collaboration between curator, artist and art that are rooted in feminist, posthumanist thinking. During spring 2020 Petronella Grönroos is working as an interim curator at HAM Helsinki Art Museum.
I am interested in developing methods of collaboration between curator, artist and art that are rooted in feminist, posthumanist thinking. Through these collaborations I want to approach curating as a method relating, listening and offering, a practice of making choices rather in what to bring to the table rather than what to take from it. Within my work I consider how the practice of curating could be seen and approached as ‘monstrous work’ that has the possibility to inhabit the world in a weird way, and has the ability to engage different understandings for the world in which our current anthropocentrism is proving to be useless. As we affect the people and materials we choose to work with, they also simultaneously affect us.
Even if, and especially as there is no stepping outside of the implications that living in a world bring to us, there is always a choice to be made in selecting which practices, sources and materials to entangle yourself
with. It does make a difference whether what we choose to work with challenges the categories of the anthropocentric worldviews.