Helene Lundbye Petersen is a Danish curator and writer based in New York City. She holds an MA in Art History (University of Copenhagen) and Communication Studies (Roskilde University). In 2004 she was a part of the administrative team running Sparwasser HQ, Berlin and was associate editor for the exhibitions Black Atlantic (2004) and Über Schönheit (About Beauty) (2005) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Between 2008 – 2011 she was project manager for Olafur Eliasson and full-time director of his studio in Denmark. As an independent curator, she curated D a n c i n g – a documentary on invented space: So Young Yang at White Box, NYC (2012) and Realism Reversed – a dialogue with Berlin at Christian Dam Galleries, Copenhagen and Oslo (2005). She co-curated Approaching Journey for the City States Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2012). As a writer she has written books such as the exhibition-catalogue Realism Reversed – a dialogue with Berlin(2005); Yvette Brackman: Systems & Scenarios published by JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag AG (2012); and The White Book, published by White Page Project (2012). She has co-edited books such as Olafur Eliasson: Din blinde passager. Exhibition booklet. Ishøj: ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, and has written articles such as Latin Homework for The Internationaler # 2, UK
(2005) and Art speaks – a discussion through the art of Jens Haaning for The Internationaler # 1,Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, UK (Launched for Istanbul Biennale),(2005). She speaks five languages fluently and has lived in many different countries such as Germany, France, Argentina and USA.
My curatorial project is working for finding, creating and uttering the optimal conditions for art. If the world could be divided into the comprehensible, what we seem to understand, and incomprehensible, what we will never understand, art would be floating in the membrane between the two, never to settle but constantly being open to our interpretations. Therein art holds a great potential in offering us to become aware of how we create meaning and negotiate our way to our individual realities. It is such dialogues and encounters that are needed for the realization of hopes for change in society at large in a time where globalization and technologies seek to generalize our means of communication.
My work is based on the philosophy that language is space and space is language. Both will speak unfolded aspects of art, which will never be able to conclude what art is about but only communicate our interpretations of it. This means, when I work as a writer, I view the pages as a potential space and when I work as a curator, the space becomes a language, which speaks the art that is on display. As I place our subjective views in the centre of our perception, I strive towards engaging my own subjectivity in my work and communicate it both on the page and in the space.