Curator based in London and Lisbon;
My research includes elements from Feminist, Queer, Crip, Affect and Posthuman theories, as well as fiction and performance art.
Currently working as Studio Manager for Angela de la Cruz.
+ Editor at Mercurius
+ Member and organiser of SALOON London
+ Member of FDRG reading group
+ Member and founder of Plants Speak If We Listen
2018 to 2020 - MFA Curating, Goldsmiths University of London
2012 to 2015 - BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University of London
2021 March to present - Studio Manager for artist Angela de La Cruz
2019 May to 2021 March - Union Pacific, London
Gallery Assistant supporting the two founding directors (part-time)
2015 January to 2018 June - Lisson Gallery, London
Executive Assistant to Nicholas Logsdail (Founding Director)
and Artist Liaison (full-time);
Receptionist, Gallery and Art Fairs Assistant (Full time)
2018 June to date - Feminist Library, London
Events Coordinator (as part fo Management group and Curatorial group)
2019 January to May - Black Tower Projects, London
Gallery and Programme Assistant (placement)
2020 Selected for the NEON Curatorial Award;
2019 Savile Club Post-Graduate Scholarship.
2023 July - TomandoLaTemperatura: Leah Clements y Mariana Lemos, Editorial Concreta, S02E02
2022 February - Angela de la Cruz: Interview
Emergent Magazine, issue 07
2021 September - Sex Ecologies: Book Review
Flash Art Magazine, issue 336
2021 August - Curators Conversation: Entanglements in Time
Interview with artist Sara Rodrigues about her project Landra, a self-sustaining farm and home in Portugal, built with her partner and artist Rodrigo B. Camacho.
2021 January - Don't They Know It's the End of the World?
Discussing the film Soundings (2019) by artist Bronte Dow in relationship to ideas of the end of the world and posthuman feminism.
2020 November - Agnieszka Polska –– Perfect Lives
For the occasion of Agnieszka Polska's exhibition at Union Pacific, London
2020 June - Giovanni Copelli — Amor Sacro
For the occasion of Giovanni Copelli’s exhibition at Union Pacific, London
2019 November - Emily Perry — Boys on Film
For the occasion of Emily Perry’s exhibition at Seventeen Gallery, London
‘DIG IN’ is a collaborative project that celebrates food growing and eating by artists Maisie Maris and Laura Mallows and curator Mariana Lemos. Looking at ancient knowledge, folk tales and indigenous growing methods, the duo exhibition sets the table for a dinner celebrating the harvest.
This exhibition aims to foster deeper connections with the soil and celebrate traditions of seasonality and reciprocity. Maris and Mallow's sculptures consider how symbols are created, charged with meaning and circulated across times and cultures. ‘
DIG IN’ is an exploration of sustainable practices, cycles, land, sisterhood, interspecies kinship and our connection to the food we eat.
Dinner will be served on Maisie Maris' sculpture on Sat 28 Oct cooked by Sam Riches (and friends) from the Woodmansterne School Kitchen with contributions such as readings and music from Phoebe Coco, Tyler Eash, Dot Jia, and Laura Plant.
Leah Clements’ practice includes performance, installation, writing and film to develop a language of chronic illness and disability. INSOMNIA was Clements’ first exhibition of photographic work. It looked into the emotional and psychological effects of insomnia-related sleep phenomena and sleep paralysis, through ambiguous and grainy photographs, accompanied by vocalised image descriptions.
INSOMNIA unfolded the surreal or paranormal side of being estranged from one’s own home, with body and mind thrown out of time, between hyper-alertness and loss of consciousness. In these images, shadows were lurking, eerie lights flickering, water, silence... Taken at night when the atmosphere drops and in the blink of an eye, the hinterland is revealed.
Clements’ work often suggests this otherworldly space as a collective alternative to that of the present sick body. In INSOMNIA, we integrated creative access adjustments into the artwork, the exhibition-making process and the public programme. Generously supported by Arts Council England
Oceanic Feelings is an exhibition and collaboration between artists Becky Beasley w/ Beatrice Tailby Hardstaff, Clare Burnett, Leah Clement, Sam Smith w/ Project Artworks & curator Mariana Lemos
The project is spurred by a desire to recognise embodied experience as a source of knowledge. Thinking of feeling as a way to break free from the mind and body divide, and to connect us to the world: feeling as one, whole, but also dispersed and multiplied like water. Generously supported by Arts Council England
2021 August - Entanglements in Time, Lewisham Arthouse, London
Entanglements in Time is an exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse showcasing UK-based artists Bart Hajduk, Jasmin Märker, Kristina Pulejkova, Margo Trushina, Solveig Settemsdal and Yambe Tam, curated by Kristine Tan and Mariana Lemos. Shown together for the first time, the installation, virtual reality, drawing, sculpture and video works challenge anthropocentric markers of temporality by examining timelines that stretch far beyond the duration of human existence. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic, the artists explore multiple ways of viewing ecological relationships. It is by acknowledging how we cannot extricate ourselves from this ‘mesh’ that we can look at ecology as a whole and acknowledge how we are intimately entangled with every living and non-living thing in time.
2019 June to date - Plants Speak If We Listen
It's an ongoing project of symposiums in collaboration with a working group of artists and researchers with an interest in more than human subjectivities. These events were formerly hosted by Black Tower and Chisenhale Studios, and include workshops, performances, lecture-performances and presentations led by the different participants, in an attempt to address different branches of the topic of nature in their work.
We are starting a reading group to take place at the Feminist Library.
2020 February - As If, CCA Goldsmiths London
As If was a day of performances organised as part of the CCA public programme in support of exhibition Transparent Things, featuring performances by Verity Birt, Rebecca Jagoe, Reba Maybury and Korallia Stergides. This was a collaborative project with curators Harriett Henderson, Dot Jia, Clementine Proby and Melanie Scheiner, exploring ‘fictioning’ as a methodology for world-making.
2019 March - The Table, Swiss Church London
The Table was an exhibition with artists Laura Mallows, Hannah Wilson, Rosa Johan Uddoh, Emily Perry and Munesu Mukombe; and a series of events including a screening of video art, performances, readings and workshops. The project aimed at challenging normalised power relations and discrimination, centred around the question “who gets a seat the table?”and working from within intersectional feminisms.