Provisionally titled “Forms of Resistance: Strategies for a New Monument”, Margrethe’s research at the Ruskin School of Art investigates the contemporary condition of the monument by considering its recent use and relevance as artistic genre, institutional strategy and exhibition model. Writing at the intersection of curating, art history and aesthetics, her research unfolds in a non-linear fashion. Mounted as a collection of essays, each focussing on select bodies of work through which the notion of monument has been significantly altered, developed and/or redefined, the project raises questions concerning contemporary material culture and the relation between sculpture, memory, and the representation of (collective) identity. Practices considered include those of Marc Camille Chaimowitz, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sanja Iveković, Claes Oldenburg, Mike Nelson and Robert Smithson.
Margrethe holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2012), and a BA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2009). Her interests revolve around the meeting point between audience, artwork and exhibiting institution, particularly in relation to late modern, and contemporary practices. Her research is supported by St Edmund Hall’s William R Miller Postgraduate Award, the Inger Lawrence Award, and by the Augustinus and Knud Højgaard Foundations.
Past curatorial affiliations include Raw Material Company, Dakar (2011); Dia Art Foundation, New York (2010); Arte sin Techo, Buenos Aires (2009); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2010), and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2008-11).