Thomas Weski, born in 1953 in Hannover, is professor of "Curatorial Cultures" at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig.
Thomas Weski began his career by first of all training as a photographer and then studying visual communication at the University of Kassel (then the Gesamthochschule Kassel). From 1987 to 1992 he worked as an independent curator for the Sprengel Museum Hannover’s Spectrum Gallery and the Siemens Arts Program. From 1992 to 2000 he was curator of photography and media at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. As part of the cultural programme of EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Weski co-curated with Heinz Liesbrock the exhibition “How You Look At It. 20th Century Photography” (Sprengel Museum Hannover, 2000), an internationally recognized survey which established a dialogue between photographic positions and a selection of paintings and sculptures. From 2000 to 2003 Weski was chief curator of 20th-century and contemporary art at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, with special responsibility for photography and video. In 2003, Weski was responsible, together with Emma Dexter, for the conception of first large photographic exhibition at the Tate Modern, “Cruel and Tender.” From 2003 to May 2009 he was first chief curator and subsequently deputy director at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. There he curated a number of exhibitions including “Click Doubleclick – das dokumentarische Moment” (2006, in cooperation with the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels) and “Andreas Gursky” (2007) which will also travel to Istanbul, Sharjah, Melbourne and Moscow.
In 1994/95 Weski received the Charles Pratt Memorial Award from the Center for Creative Photography of the University of Arizona in Tucson. From 1995 to 2006 he worked as a guest lecturer at the School of Art and Design Zurich. Weski is a member of the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation’s visual arts advisory committee and the Senate of the Foundation of Lower Saxony, a member of the board of trustees of the German Savings Bank Association and vice chairman of the “Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive” in Hannover.