Maria Projektet

(Nov. 2021 – Dec. 2023)
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The Maria Project is an art project based in Mariakirken in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, that seeks new socio-ethical models of conversation, interaction and community through investigations into the space and practice of the church and visual arts. The Maria Project is driven by the idea that art can be a forum for methodological exchange and development, and the practices of the project are different attempts to develop a social-ethical approach and methodology that can set new agendas for how both the church, the arts and the public listen, speak, act and think socio-ethically. Socio-ethical work in this context can be understood as the church’s advocacy for vulnerable populations in public discourse and efforts to address pressing social problems of vulnerable groups, either on its own or in collaboration with public and private actors.

The participating artists are: J&K, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Khaled Barakeh, Hanne Lise Thomsen, Kenneth Balfelt Team // Johan August and Santiago Mostyn.

The Maria Project is curated by Matthias Hvass Borello and developed in collaboration with Lise Christina Rasmussen, pastor of Mariakirken. The project is generously supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, the Bikuben Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation, The Engineer Captain Aage Nielsen Family Fund, The Diocese of Copenhagen (Social Ethics Committee), The Innovative Diaconal Fund, the City of Copenhagen and the Vesterbro Local Committee, among others, and will run all through 2023.

Catalogue with essays from the project (in Danish – sorry!)


(May 2019 – Dec 2023)

I’m curating VEGA|ARTS – a new visionary initiative that links one of Denmark’s most important music venue, with ambitious and transgressive artworks by almost 40 Danish and international contemporary atists. Over a four-year period, VEGA|ARTS includes performances, installations, exhibitions, talks, workshops and thematical threads that combine the hybrid and performative art practices with the intense, intimate and cultural space of the live concert.

The participating artists are: Teo Ala-Ruona (FIN), Kristoffer Akselbo, Sidsel Christensen (NO), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Sophie Dupont, Jeannette Ehlers, ENTER.black (FR), Christian Falsnaes, Fungal Network (Jaleh Negari & Felia Gram-Hanssen), Jenny Gräf Sheppard (DK/US), Hesselholdt & Mejlvang, Kosmologym (DK/US/UK), Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Marie Kølbæk Iversen & Katinka Fogh Vindelev, Ragnhild May, Hans Rosenström (FIN) & Philip | Schneider, Helle Siljeholm (NO), Søren Thilo Funder, Florence To (UK) feat. Ying-Hsueh Chen, Tori Wrånes (NO), YOKE.

Nat Bloch Gregersen, Sóley Ragnarsdóttir, Mark Tholander, J&K, Peter Land, Kristoffer Akselbo, Davide Hjort, Lise Tovesdatter Skou, Jonas Kjeldgaard Sørensen, Skjold Rambow, Nanna Lysholt Hansen, Karoline Seidelin Banke, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Nicolai Risbjerg, Miriam Kongstad, Jytte Høy, Aslak Warming, Heine Kjærgaard Klausen, Sara Sjölin

See more documentation here


(Mar. 5 – Mar. 31, 2016)

In March I co-curated the inaugural Fung Wah Biennial in NYC with Will Owen (Flux Factory) and Sally Szwed (Creative Time) at Flux Factory. During Trips To Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore 25 artists shared performances, installations, sound-works, web-based projects and other social interventions on board the legendary and culturally transgressive chinatown busses that amplified experiences or teased out the nuanced politics of transit.

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Participating artists:
Michael Barraco, Chloë Bass, The Biennial Project, Marco Castro, Eric Doeringer, Dillon De Give, Magali Duzant, Ariel Abrahams + Rony Efrat, Seth Larson and Abigail Entsminger, Jonah Levy, Fan Letters, Manuel Molina Martagon, Adam Milner, Heather Kapplow, Keith Hartwig + Daniel Newman, Ursula Nistrup, Kristoffer Ørum, Ruth Patir, Sunita Prasad, Tereza Swanda, Emily Ensminger + Sophie Trauberman, Roopa Vasudevan, Marjan Verstappen + Jessica Valentin, Joshua Caleb Weibley, and Meg Wiessner

See a slide show of the artistic encounters here.

Fung Wah Biennial on Facebook

Press coverage (selected):

Art in America (June/July 2016)
NPR Morning Edition


(Aug. 21 – Aug. 30, 2015)

Co-curator of the annual event bringing together practitioners and art spaces in Copenhagen.
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(Nov. 27 – 30, 2014)

An exhibition curated by Matthias Borello on art as social practice at Flux Factory (New York).

FLUX HOSPITAL is an exhibition on social art practices that use and address hospitality as a central human force and resource. Through the artworks presented in the exhibition, made by a group of international artists, FLUX HOSPITAL asks: What is hospitality and how is it used as an artistic tool? In the broader scope the exhibition questions the social structures we share and their capability to include, acknowledge and empower.Installationview, Flux Hospital, 2014Installationview, Flux Hospital, 2014
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Participating artists: Kerry Downey, Sandy Smith (UK), Dillon de Give, Julia Sherman & Sarah Keough, Kenneth A. Balfelt (DK), Douglas Paulson & Rancourt/Yatsuk, Walker Tufts, Ayden LeRoux, Will Owen and artists from Flux Factory.

Contemporary Criticism

(a workshop on critical practice and writing, Cairo/New York, 2014)

How does contemporary art practices challenge the way of acting out the role as an art critic? What means does art criticism lack or have at hand when confronted by the system of representation and artistic formats anno 2014?

Workshop at Mada Masr, Cairo.

Workshop at Mada Masr, Cairo.

The paneldiscussion at Flux Factory w. Christopher Stiegler, Orit Gat and Marina Galperina.

This workshop at both Mada Masr (Cairo) and Flux Factory (New York) was an attempt to make these questions both apparent and transparent by introducing and discussing the state of critical theory and practice as both cultural, artistic and art critical practices.


(Jun. 14 – 22, 2014)

An exhibition and public art project in Holstebro (DK) about retourning to your past with a new language, during the annual festive week organized by the Odin Theatre.


Participating artists: Anne Gry Skovdal, Pernille Overø, Mathias Dyhr Nielsen, Kirstine Autzen, Jens Ardal & Morten Kromann, Maria Bang Espersen, Kristian Sønderby, Matthias Hvass Borello, Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt, Ingrid Hvass.

RETUR (video documentation)

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(May 12 – June 23, 2014)VT_plakat

An art festival with 22 projects by international artists dealing with the politically and culturally stigmatized social housing area in the Copenhagen perifery.

Participating artists:
Camilla Berner, Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, Det 4. Kontor (Bonnie Fortune og Sophia Seitz-Rasmussen, US/DK), Frans Jacobi & Claus Handberg, Gåafstand, HuskMitNavn, Jakob Jakobsen, Jes Brinch, Kathrin Böhm (DE), Kerstin Bergendal & Vladimir Tomic (BIH/DK), Kim Young Kilde,  Maj Horn, Marianne Jørgensen,  Morten Dysgaard, Parfyme (DK/US), Søren Thilo Funder, Temporary Services (US), Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen, Ultra Grøn, Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger (DE), Wooloo, YNKB

4bIMG_5990.jpgVisit Tingbjerg 2012. Installationsskud fra Tingbjerg Kunsthal

Dokumentarfilm om ‘Visit Tingbjerg’ af Adam Tværgård from Kenneth A. Balfelt on Vimeo.

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