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MILO ADAMI Born in Rome in 1981, Milo Adami studied History of Art, subsequently attending Venice’s IUAV where he graduated in Visual Arts with Giorgio Agamben in 2007. In 2010, together with Luca Scivoletto, he directed his first documentary A Nord Est, which was screened at many festivals, winning several prizes. He has made several videos for artists, fashion designers and institutions like Rome’s MACRO. Admi combined video-making with academic studies, gaining his Doctorate from Rome’s La Sapienza University in 2016 with a dissertation entitled: Immagini in movimento: lo scompiglio dei formati, supporti e dispositivi tra video, cinema e arti visive (Images in Movement: the jumble of formats, supports and slides in videos, film and the visual arts).
PEDRO ALFACINHA was born in Lisbon in 1985. Having completed a degree in photography at Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 2010, he became involved in publishing, working with Steidl Verlag and later MACK. In 2014 he founded Galeria Pedro Alfacinha in Lisbon, developing projects within and away from the gallery space in close collaboration with an international roster of artists.
MATTEO LUIGI BALDUZZI Born in Milan in 1969 and with a degree in architecture, Matteo Luigi Balduzzi is a curator of public art and photography, sectors he considers the means to relate people with the environment and our collective memory. He works regularly with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, especially curating public projects and work with young artists. Balduzzi teaches on NABA’s Photography and Visual Design master’s course, is a member of the Forma Meravigli Scientific Committee, and a founder member of the Milan-based non-profit organization for contemporary art, Careof. He is also a member of the working group on public art, ARTINRETI at Cittadellarte near Biella.
JULIE BÉNA works on environments that draw inspiration from the world of literature, film, theater and popular culture. Béna studied at the Villa Arson in Nice and attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie at Amsterdam. In 2012-2013, she was part of le Pavillon, the research laboratory of le Palais de Tokyo. Selected solo exhibitions include: L’Eternelle Insatisfaite, Syntax, Lisbon (2016), Nail Tang, Galerie Joseph Tang (2015); How to ask better questions? Artopia, Milan; Destiny, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers (2015); T&T consortium, you’re already elsewhere, FIAF, New York (2014); or Das Reisebüro, Display art projects, Paris (2012). Selected collective exhibitions and screenings include: JUMP, CAC Brétigny, Brétigny (2016), PREDICTION, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2016), Camera of wonders, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico city (2015) ; Artists’Film Club: Breaking Joints: Part 2, ICA, London (2015) ; Rideaux / blinds, IAC, Villeurbanne (2015), Late capitalism, it’s like, almost over, The Luminary, St Louis, Missouri (2014); Things, Design Cloud, Chicago(2014); Graphic Design, Prague (2014); La Méthode Jacobson, Nouvelles vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013) . She realized performance projects at Kadist Foundation, San Francisco (2015), Fahrenheit, Los Angeles (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014), PERFORMA 13, New-York (2013); La Fondation Ricard, Paris (2012) and La Fonderie Darling, Montréal (2011).
WALTER BENJAMIN is art theoretician and philosopher who in the article "The work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936) addressed issues of originality and reproduction. Many years after his tragic death (1940) he reappeared in public for the first time in 1986 with the lecture "Mondrian '63 -'96" in Slovenian in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana and 1987 on TV Galerija in English in Belgrade. Since then he also published several articles and gave a few interviews on museums and art history. His most recent appearance was a lecture »The Unmaking of Art" was held 2011 in at the Times Museum in Guangzhou (in Mandarin) and Arnolfini, Bristol(in English), then in at MuAC Mexico City 2012 and Bilbao2013(in Spanish), at Tranzit Budapest 2012 (in Hungarian), Le Plateau Paris(in French)2013, e-flux, New York 2014(English), etc. His lectures, interviews and articles are published in the book “Recent Writings.” His latest interview “Not Now: A Conversation with Walter Benjamin” was published in the Afterall Journal (Autumn/Winter 2016). In the last several years Benjamin became closely associated with the Museum of American art in Berlin and 2006 co-curated "What is Modern Art?"exhibition (with Inke Arns) at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Then he proposed installation "Lenin and Coca-Cola and Related Artifacts" as an example of deartization within the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2011.He also helped organizing ''The Making of Americans" at The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Ceenter New York 2011 and ''The Collection, The Museum and The History", an installation within the exhibition "1:1" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2013, innstallation ''Not-Now'' at The New Belgrade Cultural Network Foyer, Belgrade 2013, ''The Un-making of Art“ at the e-flux, New York, 2014 and ''A Story of Two Museum - An Ethngraphic Exhibition'', (co-curated with Katherine Karl and Florence Ostende), The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, 2014
DAVID BERNSTEIN (1988, San Antonio, Texas) is an artist based in Amsterdam and Brussels. He combines performance, sculpture, and writing to tell stories through objects. He has recently performed and exhibited at: Abteiberg Museum (Mönchengladbach, DE); Human Resources (Los Angeles, USA); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL); Raven Row (London, UK); De Appel Art Center (Amsterdam, NL); Centrale Fies (Dro, IT); Nomas Foundation (Rome, IT); and CAC (Vilnius, LT). He is currently supported by the Mondriaan Fonds for the year of 2017.
MARCO BERTOZZI CORPO SENSIBILE - GLIMPSES OF THE DOCUMENTARY Curator, Marco Bertozzi teaches Documentary and Experimental Cinema at Venice’s IUAV University and belongs to the group of artists that in recent years has contributed to the rebirth of the Italian documentary film as a vehicle for renewed cultural and theoretic thrust. Bertozzi has taught Documentary Cinema at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and at the Conservatorio Internazionale di Scienze Audiovisive of Lugano, Switzerland. He has also curated Italian documentary festivals in France, Canada and the United States. His publications include the books L’idea documentaria, edited in 2003, Storia del documentario italiano (2008 – the Limina Award for the year’s best book on cinema) and Recycled Cinema(2012, the first book in Italian to look into found footage film. Bertozzi’s own films include Appunti romani (2004), Il senso degli altri (2007), Predappio in luce (2008), and Profughi a Cinecittà (2012). He recently directed “Corto reale. Gli anni del documentario italiano”, a 25-part series for the RAI-Storia channel.
BENEDETTA BODO DI ALBARETTO With a degree in Conservation and Diagnostics of Modern and Contemporary Art, art conservator Benedetta Bodo di Albaretto has in-depth knowledge of scientific archiving systems that include photography and film, condition reports and technical summary sheets. She developed the project Interview with Art based on talks with the artist for the Venaria Conservation and Restoration Centre. Bodo di Albaretto has worked with the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Palazzo Chiablese, and Turin’s GAM. She contributes to specialist and general-interest publications (Arskey, Arshake, Eastonline)
ALESSANDRO CALABRESE After graduating from Venice’s IUAV, Alessandro Calabrese obtained a Master of Photography and Visual Design from NABA, Milan, in 2012. In 2014, together with Milo Montelli, he curated the book A Drop In The Ocean – Sergio Romagnoli (Editions du Lic), which became an exhibition with the framework of the European Photography Festival. In 2015, he exhibited at the Fotomuseum Winterthur as part of Pla(t)form. He published Die Deutsche Punkinvasion (Skinnerboox), which was subsequently exhibited during the Fotopub and BredaPhoto festivals. In 2015, Calabrese was selected by Foam Magazine as one of 21 emerging talents on the International photography scene with his work A Failed Entertainment. In 2016, he exhibited at Viasaterna in the collective show on New Italian Photography, in the same year winning the 5th edition of the Graziadei Award. Since 2015, Calabrese has lectured at the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo. Since 2016, he has been represented by the Viasaterna gallery.
GIOVANNI CARRADA "Born" as a biologist, since he started to earn a living Carrada explores the possibilities of communicating science and innovation. And when he can, he tries to invent new ones. His passion is to enable everyone to understand and appreciate beautiful but complicated issues. He started as a journalist and editorial designer, activities which he has never really stopped doing. He has written several books, and some theater plays. As a television writer, he has worked since 1994 with the broadcast Superquark (Rai1) and is scientific director of Rai Expo. He designs exhibitions, museums and exhibition spaces that must tell something. He collaborates with companies, institutions, research institutes and cultural foundations to help them to improve their communication activities by projects, training and special events.
MARIUCCIA CASADIO is a curator and art consultant for Vogue Italia as well as a curator and consultant for various exhibitions and catalogues on art, culture and style. She publishes a monthly article on issues related to contemporary art. She works for different Condé Nast magazines, such as L’Uomo and Casa Vogue. She has edited monographs for Missoni, Moschino, Emilio Pucci and Versace. Together with Maurizio Cattelan she conceived and edited some issues of the magazine Permanent Food and a special issue Vogue/Permanent Food in 2003.
THE COOL COUPLE Founded in 2012, the Cool Couple is made up of Niccolò Benetton (1986) and Simone Santilli (1987). Their focus is on the everyday interaction between images, individuals and communities to highlight the attrition that exists in the collective imagination of our social-media based society. A generalized phenomenon, photography is presented in a range of formats: from the video installa-tion to 3D printing and performance. The Cool Couple’s work has been exhibited at CCC Strozzina, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Unseen Festival, Les Rencontres des Arles, and MACRO.
BRUNO CORÀ [President, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini “Burri Collection”] Critic and art historian, Bruno Corà has lectured at Perugia’s Fine Arts Academy (1979-1999), as well as the Universities of Cassino (1999-2005) and Florence (2005-2008). He has been director of Prato’s Pecci Museum (1995-2002), Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia (1993-2001), the CAMeC in La Spezia (2003-2007), and Lugano’s Art Museum and Cultural Centre (2008-2010). He was Director of the Biennale of Gubbio (1996-97), Carrara (2006), La Spezia (2002, 2004 and 2006) and Italy’s Commissioner for the Dakar Biennale (2002). Currently Bruno Corà is President of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini “Burri Collection” in Città di Castello. He founded and edited the magazine AEIUO (1980-1988) and since 2012, MOZART. Bruno Corà has published widely on major contemporary international artists, has travelled and curated exhibitions in numerous cities in the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia, Europe, China and elsewhere.
JOSE' PEDRO CORTES (Porto, 1976) is a Portuguese photographer based in Lisbon. He has been exhibiting regularly for the last 10 years and has already published four books. He is also founder and co-editor of Pierre von Kleist Editions.
IRENE CROCCO Born in 1975 in Milan, owner of the Viasaterna art gallery, studied under Luciano Fabro at Milan’s Brera Academy. In 1999, along with Caterina Aicardi, Gianni Caravaggio and Alessandro Dal Pont, she founded Microbo Erotico Projectroom, an exhibition space developed out of dialogue between artists and critics. Starting in 2001, she worked with art galleries like Antonio Colombo and Nepente, and institutions such as the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation and the Venice Biennale’s Contemporary Arts Historical Archive. Crocco was Artistic Director of the La Raia Foundation, and between 2011 and 2014 organized exhibitions at her Da Vicino Home Gallery with the aim of bringing the general public into contact with artists and their work. In 2014, she founded the contemporary art gallery Viasaterna in Milan.
MARIO CUCINELLA is the founder of Mario Cucinella Architects, architecture firm with over 20 years of professional practice and attention to issues of sustainability and environmental impact of buildings. He regularly holds conferences in Italy and abroad, maintaining an active role in teaching at several universities. In 2012 he founded Building Green Future a non-profit organization with the aim of integrating sustainable architecture and renewable energy to improve living conditions and access to resources in the developing countries. In 2015 it constitutes in Bologna SOS - School of Sustainability, a school focused on training emerging professionals in the field of sustainability.
ALESSANDRO DANDINI DE SYLVA Alessandro Dandini de Sylva is a photographer and curator. His work has been exhibited in public and private institutions in Italy and elsewhere, such the Flowers Gallery, London, the Humble Arts Foundation of New York, Bund 33 Art Center, Shanghai and the Italian Culture Institute of Paris. The most recent acknowledgements received include the Shanghai Prize, the Talent Prize and the Francesco Fabbri Contemporary Arts Award. Since 2011, he has been the photography curator at Rome’s Macro Museum of Contemporary Art. Between 2013 and 2014, Dandini de Sylva was curator of the Pastificio Cerere Foundation in Rome and the Ermanno Casoli Foundation of Fabriano. Since 2016, he has been director of the Malaspina Foundation of Ascoli Piceno.
ANTONIO DANIELI Degree in Business Engineering, University of Bologna, and Master NP&COOP with honours, SDA Bocconi, Milan. Since 2009 he is Director General at Fondazione Golinelli, dealing with education, training programmes, research, entrepreneurship, promoting art and sciences for the benefit of the younger generation. Since December 2013 he is chairman of the Board of Trustee for Eureka Trust – Giardino delle Imprese. He is also member of the Assifero National Council (the Italian Association of private foundations and organizations providing grants) and member of Andrea Bocelli Foundation Advisory Board. From 2005 to 2009 he has been Director of the Foundation “Nomisma Terzo Settore”. From 2000 to 2005 he has been a consultant at KPMG and Andersen Consulting (Accenture).
EMANUELE DE DONNO As coordinator of VIAINDUSTRIAE, Emanuele De Donno manages and develops the exhibition and publications programmes of COLLI independent in Rome, a contemporary art space and collaborative publishing platform. As editor of Viaindustriae publishing, he is concerned with research, art and artists’ works, producing and curating exhibition and the bibliographic archives that accompany the publications. He has been involved with publications like “Artists' books by Sol LeWitt” in various European countries, the publications of John Cage at the International Music Museum of Bologna, the anthology “Records by Artists” at the Trento and Rovereto Mart, the collection of art books by the American artist Richard Prince, and the anthology of publications by Maurizio Nannucci. The recent research/exhibition/book on the European and American alternative free press “Yes Yes Yes, alternative press, 66/77 from Provo to Punk”, curated with Amedeo Martegani, led to the publication of a large volume of more than 500 journals published during the 1960s and 1970s.
CARLOS D'ERCOLE Hailing from Rome, Spain and Lecce, Carlos D’Ercole embodies the tri-functional character ex-pounded by Georges Dumézil. He even has three children. D’Ercole lives in Milan where he feels completely at home. He has written a book, Vita sconnessa di Enzo Cucchi (Quodlibet 2014) and the preface to Albert Spaggiari’s autobiographical novel Le fogne del Paradiso (Oaks 2016).
NICCOLO' FANO Born in Rome in 1985, Niccolò Fano obtained a BA in Photography from the University for the Creative Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts from London’s Central Saint Martins. He worked for four years as project manager for the artist Karen Knorr and gave seminars at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and at the University for the Creative Arts. Fano lives in Rome where, in 2015, he founded MATÈRIA, an art gallery specializing in contemporary photography.
ROBERTO FASSONE (1986) is a basketball player, grown up in the Cierre Asti juveniles. In 2004 he played his first senior season with Cascina Veneria (serie C2), averaging 10.8 points per game. The next year he performed the best season of his career, playing point guard with Basket Venaria (serie C2). During the season the team reached the Finals, eventually losing game 5 against Serravalle Scrivia. Two years later Fassone won his first championship (serie D) with Monferrato Basket. In the following years he had the chance to play with Virtus Venezia and Fiamma Venezia, coming back to Asti during the 2014/2015 season, where he played his last official game. He’s currently playing with Affrico Basket, in Florence
CHIARA FUMAI (Rome, 1978) is an Italian artist known for her performative and multi-media works featuring psychic abilities, anti-spectacle strategies and counterculture icons. She participated to dOCUMENTA(13) with a one-hundred-days performative freak show based on Italian radical feminist literature (Moral Exhibition House, 2012), channeled the spirit of an Anonymous Woman in the historical art collection of the Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice (I Did Not Say or Mean 'Warning', 2013) and created a fictional propaganda of Solanas' S.C.U.M. Manifesto (Chiara Fumai reads Valerie Solanas, 2013), with whom she received the IX Furla Art Award She is currently based in New York.
RICCARDO GIACCONI Riccardo Giacconi studied the Visual Arts at IUAV, Venice, the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, and New York University. His work as both artist and filmmaker has been shown at several exhibitions, including the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), Tranzitdisplay (Praguea), Peep-Hole (Milan), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), and in the Résonance sector of the Lyon Biennale. In 2007, he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with which he curates the periodical Paesaggio and the Helicotrema Festival. Giacconi has been a resident artist on several occasions: Via Farini in Milan, Lugar in Dudas, Colombia, and the Macro in Rome – and has presented his films at several festivals, including the Turin Film Festival, the International Film Festival of Rome, the Marseille International Film Festival (where he won the 2015 Grand Jury Prize with the documentary Entrelazado).
GINO GIANUIZZI Born in 1981, Gino Gianuizzi was a founder of Neon, one of the first independent art spaces in Italy, encouraging research unconditioned by market concerns and so a focus for young artists, discerning art criticism and knowledgeable collectors. He is especially interested in the dynamics of the artistic process, building discussion and experimentation platforms, and the practice of sharing and collective participation. At the moment Neon is on stand-by. Gianuizzi is an independent curator with a special focus on art for public spaces. He also lectures at Bologna’s Fine Arts Academy.
MARINO GOLINELLI is not only an entrepreneur-pioneer and an international contemporary-art lover and collector. He is a man with an high vision of the future, believing that art, science and knowledge are the cornerstone of the human progress. He is most convinced that an entrepreneur should give back to society a part of his fortune. To accomplish this task, he established in 1988 Fondazione Golinelli, to promote and spread culture, education, training programmes, the ultimate goal being to further the intellectual and ethical growth of the younger generation, as future citizens of a global world. Today Fondazione Golinelli is the only Italian private foundation whose structure is inspired by the big US philanthropic foundations: concreteness, pragmatism, vision and intellectual know-how make it a best-practise internationally acknowledged and rewarded .
STEFANO GRAZIANI artist photographer, studied architecture at the IUAV University in Venice, currently teaching at the Master in Photography IUAV/fff in Venice and at the Naba in Milano. He is constantly working with publishing houses and magazines, his work has been internationally exhibited. Among his publications: Nature Morte, Fictions and Excerpts, texts by Nanni Cagnone and Pierpaolo Tamburelli, Mazzoli 2016, Fruits and Fireworks, text by Francesco Garutti, a+mbookstore, 2016, It seemed as Though the Mist Itself Had Screamed, con with texts by Nanni Cagnone, Kersten Geers, Francesco Zanot, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena 2014, Conversazioni notturne, texts by Alessandro Dandini de Sylva, Quodlibet 2014, Some of these Places have been serve in greater Depth, 2013, text by Francesco Zanot, Under the Volcano and Other Stories, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena 2009, texts by Anselm Franke, Rene Gabri, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, Gianluigi Ricuperati. L’isola, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena 2009, with a note of the author and some quotations from Scritti, di Roberto Bazlen, Adelphi, Milano 1984, Taxonomies, a+mbookstore, Milano 2007, with a note of the author and texts by Stefano Boeri, Antonello Frongia, Rene Gabri. Editor of Jeff Wall, Gestus, Quodlibet/Abitare, 2013, he is founder, with other colleagues of the Architectural Magazine San Rocco. and Genda.
FRANCESCA LAZZARINI A Sociology graduate, Francesca Lazzarini has worked in the world of photography since the end of the 1990s. Starting in 2007, she helped found and develop the Fondazione Fotografia Modena, a project that occupied her full-time up to 2012 where she took care of training, publishing, residencies and curatorship of special projects. Since 2013, Lazzarini has been an independent curator, involved in cultural projects in partnership with public and private institutions both in Italy and other countries. She has been involved in teaching and training since 2011. In 2015, she started the Air Trieste artist residency project.
GABRIEL LESTER was born in Amsterdam (1972). He currently lives and works in Amsterdam. His artworks consist of installations, performances and film/video. Other activities include commissioned artworks for the public space, film directing, teaching and writing. Lester’s artwork, films and installations originate from a desire to tell stories and construct environments that support these stories or propose their own narrative interpretation. In early years this led to writing prose and composing electronic music. Later, after studying cinema and eventually fine arts, his artworks became what could be typified as cinematographic, without necessarily employing film or video. Like cinema, Lester’s practice has come to embrace all imaginable media and occupy both time and space. The artworks propose a tension span and are either implicitly narrative, explicitly visual or both at once. These artworks seldom convey any explicit message or singular idea, but rather propose ways to relate to the world, how it is presented and what mechanisms and components constitute our perception and understanding of it.
CHIARA MALTA Born in Rome, Chiara Malta has lived in Paris since 2002. She has made several shorts that sit between fiction and documentary: L'Isle, J'attends une femme, Les yeux du renard, l'Amour à Trois, Histoire de Stefano screened at numerous international festivals and broadcast on television (France 2, Canal+). After her documentary feature film Armando e la politica – broadcast on Arte, and screened at the opening of the Turin Film Festival – she became artist in residence at Villa Medici in Rome. The winner of numerous film awards, Malta is currently working on her next film set in France, Italy and Rumania.
MARCELLA MANNI Marcella Manni founded and manages Metronom. She is engaged in research projects of contemporary visual culture, staging exhibitions, meetings and shows with particular focus on work by the most recent generation of artists. In 2013 with Metronom, she got underway Generazione Critica, an annual conference on art criticism, as well as an online platform. In 2015, she started the project LIVEstudio, an artist residency. Manni works with public and private organisations and bodies to further visual literacy. She has co-curated books of the Generazione Critica collection, namely La fotografia in Italia dal Duemila, Danilo Montanari 2014, La fotografia in Europa dopo le grandi scuole, Danilo Montanari 2015, and Arte, fotografia e tecnica, Danilo Montanari 2016.
GIAIME MELONI is a photographer with a research doctorate in architecture. For Meloni, photography is a meaningful way of reproducing space. His research has been published (MAM Saint Etienne, ENSA Bourges) and is also the subject of his international conferences (CCA, FAUP). Working in both Italy and France, Meloni lectures on photography as an integral part of architectural project design. He writes regularly for art and architecture journals and is also a contributing editor to the magazine GENDA.
MARK NASH is an independent curator and writer, until recently Head of Department Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art London. He currently teaches at Birkbeck University of London and is Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Centre for Contemporary Art. His most recent exhibition, Things Fall Apart (2016) documented in this publication examines the artistic legacy of formerly socialist countries, previously explored in Re-imagining October at Calvert 22 (2009), (curated with Isaac Julien). Nash has collaborated extensively with Okwui Enwezor on Documenta11, and The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 both 2002, and most recently on The Arena project Venice Biennial 2015 including an epic live reading of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. He also collaborated with Ute Meta Bauer on the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004). Nash has curated several exhibitions focussing on artists’ work with the moving image - including his earlier exhibitions Experiments with Truth at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2004-5) and One Sixth of the Earth, ecologies of image at ZKM, Karlsruhe and MUSAC, Leon (2012-13). Together with Joshua Jiang he has curated The Shadow Never Lies, M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai (2016) a major international exhibition focussing on the role of both digital and analogue ‘shadow image’ (yingxiang) in contemporary art.
OLOF OLSSON is a product of the charter tourism of the 1960s – his Dutch mother and Swedish father met in Mallorca. In his youth Olof made attempts in journalism, documentary photography, and as a radio disc jockey. After having studied languages, philosophy and translation theory, Olof studied visual art at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. His first exhibitions were in the form of office environments, offering semi-fictitious services. Since 2007 Olof mainly works with spoken performances, like lectures, speeches, monologues, comedy, talk-shows, and question-and-answer sessions – or something in-between, or not quite.
MANUEL ORAZI Architectural and urban historian, Manuel Orazi works at publisher Quodlibet in Macerata where he looks after books on architecture. He occasionally writes for the Italian daily "Il Foglio" as well as "pagina 99" and the American magazine, "Log". Orazi has held courses at the universities of Bolo-gna and Ferrara and is the author of a book on Yona Friedman, The Dilution of Architecture (Zurich, Park Books 2015).
CRISTIANA PERRELLA Curator and art critic, Cristiana Perrella has directed from 1998 to 2008 the Contemporary Arts Programme of the British School at Rome, where she realized exhibitions of artists such as Sam Taylor Wood, Cerith Wyn Evans, Francesco Vezzoli, Richard Billingham, Martin Creed, Mark Wallinger, Yinka Shonibare, Mike Nelson, Ian Kiaer, Jonathan Monk, Douglas Gordon,presenting a number of projects related to video art including "Sweetie- Female Identity in British Video" and "VideoVibe- Art, Music and Video in the UK". As an independent curator she has collaborated with Italian and international institutions, including MAXXI in Rome, for which she cared, at the opening of the museum in May 2010, the exhibition of Kutlug Ataman Mesopotamian Dramaturgies and in 2012 the festival performance VIVA lab performance (together with Tania Bruguera), in 2014 the show “Fair Play” and in 2015 the exhibition of Adrian Paci “Sue proprie mani”. Since 2009 with Giovanni Carrada she cares for Fondazione Golinelli an annual series of exhibitions dedicated to the relationship between art and science. She is a member of the board of IKSV for turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She is professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Art, from 2003 to 2009 at the University of Chieti, and from 2013 to the IED in Rome.
ANDREA PERTOLDEO Photographer Andrea Pertoldeo lectures on photography and is coordinator of the IUAV Masters course in Photography, and in charge of the Venice University’s teaching photographic laboratory. For several years he was Guido Guidi’s assistant lecturer on the Visual Arts degree course. Pertoldeo has shown his work in numerous exhibition and within the framework of contemporary photography research projects, including “Campagna Romana”, 2006 (curated by Stalker – Osservatorio Nomade); “Città latenti, un progetto per l’Italia abusive”, 2007 (curated by Federico Zanfi); “Ereditare il paesaggio”, 2008 (curated by Giovanna Calvenzi and Maddalena D’Alfonso); “La periferia interiore”, 2009 (curated by Antonello Frongia and Paola Pellegrini); “Paesaggi mobile”, 2010 (curated by Antonello Frongia con “La città complessa”); “La sfida della fotografia”, 2012 (curated by Italo Zannier); “Urbs oblivionalis. Urban spaces and terrorism in Italy” at the XIV Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2014 (curated by Elena Pirazzoli and Roberto Zancan); “Sono stato lì”, 2015 (curated by Stefano Munarin and Andrea Pertoldeo); and “Il Deserto Rosso”, 2015 (curated by Linea di Confine, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur di Colonia, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst di Lipsia, Osservatorio Fotografico, Ravenna). His photographs have been published in numerous international magazines such as Genda, Domus, Domus China, Domus Russia, Casabella, The Plan, AIT, Goya, Territorio, Arabian Design, and Compasses.
BENEDETTA POMINI Born in Milan in 1987, where she still lives and works, Benedetta Pomini graduated in Philosophy from Milan University, subsequently going on to a Masters in Image and Communication at Goldsmiths College, London and in Photography and Visual Design at NABA, Milan. In September 2014, she began work as director of the gallery of Viasaterna, founded in Milan by Irene Crocco and specializing in contemporary art, with particular focus on photography and the new languages of this art form. The latest projects hosted by the gallery include the collective show in 2016 on new Italian photography and the personal show of Lorenzo Vitturi “Droste Effect, Debris and Other Problems” (2016), curated by Fantom.
FILIPPO ROMANO Born in 1968, Filippo Romano studied at ISIA, Urbino, and then at New York’s International Center of Photography (I.C.P.). He published the book Soleritown on the work of architect Paolo Soleri In 2010, Romano exhibited his project 106 statale Jonica at the Venice Architecture Biennale. From 2011, he worked on the project Nairobi Estate on this city’s urban development, now exhibited at Milan’s Triennale. In 2014, he staged a show on the architecture of Palladio and Jefferson at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA). Romano teaches photography on the Forma\Naba master’s course, and since 2016, on the master’s Photography course at IUAV, Venice.
CARLO SALA Born in Treviso in 1984, art critic and curator Carlo Sala lectures on Photography at the Masters course at Venice’s IUAV. He is a member of the curatorial committee of the non-profit Francesco Fabbri Foundation, where he is scientific curator for the Francesco Fabbri Contemporary Arts Award and the festival F4 / un’idea di Fotografia. Sala’s papers and critical essays have appeared in several journals by publishers like Allemandi, Marsilio, Mimesis, Bruno Mondadori and Skira. He writes for the journals Artribune and Genda.
CAMILLA SALVANESCHI born in Johannesburg (South Africa), lives and works in Venice and Aberdeen (Scotland). She is a PhD candidate at the Iuav University of Venice and at the University of Aberdeen, with a thesis on contemporary art magazines. She has collaborated as editor with publishing houses such as Mer.Paper Kunsthalle, Skira, The Everyday Press and with the Italian magazines cura. and Nero. In 2015 she was editorial coordinator of the National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia, winner of the Golden Lion, at the 56. Venice Biennale.
ALBERTO SINIGAGLIA Born in 1984, lives and works in Vicenza. After graduating in Architecture from Venice’s IUAV, he continued his studies in Milan, specializing in photography. He was then selected for a 2012-2013 residency with the Photoglobal Program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. In 2014, Sinigaglia won a grant from the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation of Venice for its 98th Young Artists Collective. His work has been published and exhibited in Italy and abroad. Since 2015, he has been an editor with the magazine Genda. His monograph on the Big Sky Hunting project was published in 2014 by Editions du Lic / Skinnerboox.
GIULIO SQUILLACCIOTTI (Rome, Italy 1982) Artist, film-maker and researcher lives and works in Milan, Italy. He studied Medieval Art History in Barcelona and Rome, from which University “Sapienza” he earned a BA in Medieval Art History. He owns a MA in Visual Arts from the School of Architecture in Venice IUAV, where he studied Art, Philosophy, Semiotics and Anthropology. His work is mainly oriented on storytelling and cultural apexes and their possible reinvention in different contexts. His research merges together fiction and historical facts. Using video, sound and performance, Squillacciotti produces research-based investigations that revisits history, crafting new stories from subjective perspectives, storytelling, science fiction and popular culture, addressing issues of tradition and the fictitious outlets of it, through a system of layered meanings resulting formally into films, documentaries and talks. He is the author and director of the feature documentary RMHC on the 80s and 90s Punk Hardcore Community of Rome. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally at, among the others, Les Rencontres Internationales at Centre Pompidou and Gayte Lyrique in Paris, the Berlin Haus der Kultur der Welt and (D), the Manifesta 8 in Murcia (E), Le Magasin CNAC in Grenoble (F), Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, the Beirut Art Centre in Lebanon, the New York Photo Festival, the Dumbo Video and Columbia University in New York City and in the Official Competition at the 33rd Torino Film Festival (I).
COSIMO TERLIZZI Born in Bitonto (Bari, Italy) in 1973, he studied Art in Bologna, developing his work in diverse media: from photography and performance to video art. His subjects start with the individual to then reach out into the social sphere. His major instrument of investigation is the portrait. Terlizzi has exhibited in museums and galleries such as Bologna’s Galleria d'Arte Moderna, the Fondazione Merz of Turin, the Contemporary Art Gallery of Trent, Rome’s MACRO, the National Museum di Breslavia, and Switzerland’s Musée des Beaux-Arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds. He has presented at film festivals like the Rome International Film Festival, the London International Documentary Festival, Marseille’s International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage in Marseille, and France Doc in Paris.
LUCA TREVISANI is one of those young Italian artists who have achieved most international notice. In addition to awards and exhibitions in important centres for art and museums he has published the books The effort took ist tools, Argobooks 2008, The art of Folding for young and old, Cura Books 2012, Water Ikebana, Humbodt Books 2013, Grand Hotel et des Palmes, Nero, 2015. His research ranges from sculpture to moving images, and crosses border disciplines such as the performing arts, graphics, design, experimental cinema or architecture. In his installations the historical characteristics of sculpture are questioned, if not actually overturned. A characteristic of his works is instability, a magnetic and changing evolutionary condition which, without a pause, expands and contracts the borders between each single element of a work and the environment, which at times becomes irradiated and, at times, the undisputed protagonist.
CHIARA VECCHIARELLI curator of SPECIAL PROJECTS: TIME SPECIFIC ARTIST LECTURES, SITE SPECIFIC ARTIST LECTURES, lives and works in Paris where she conducts research into image and reality at the École normale supérieure. She recently curated the programme “L'immagine-cosa” shown at Palazzo Grassi, Venice. She has curated exhibitions at the MAN Museum, Nuoro (2016); the Villa Croce Museum, Genoa (2016); MeetFactory, Prague (2015); The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York (2013-2012); Ca’ Zenobio, Venice (2010-2009), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2010-2009); Tophane-i Amire Cultural Centre, Istanbul (2010); Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice. Vecchiarelli directed the exhibition programme and events of the Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC (2013-2012);. She co-curated a section of the Istanbul Biennale public programme (2015), was the curatorial researcher for dOCUMENTA (13), and curator of the Research Section, Kassel (2012-2009). Her written works include essays, articles and books, published by several publishers including Humboldt Books, Nero, Cura, Skira, Mousse Publishing, Flash Art, and Sternberg Press.
ALBA ZARI Born in Bangkok in 1987, graduated from Bologna’s DAMS (film study sector) and specialized in Visual Design at NABA in Milan and in documentary photography at the New York International Center of Photography. A professional photographer, her interest lies in photography with a social content and developing urban landscape projects. Her more recent works include visual studies of mental health centres following the Italian Basaglia law, the widespread eating disorders in American society and the exceptional vegetation of the Mesr desert in Iran.


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