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The Italian visual artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra  lives and works in nomadic condition.Her work is focused on the reprocessing and resetting of social, political and environmental themes and on synthesizing ethno-cultural codes, investigated during journeys and several artist residencies program all around the world.  Elaborated trans-disciplinary projects, which emphasize communicative and social aspects, set into artistic practisein site and context specific installation, relational projects and photography. Her last production Journey into Fragility, is oriented towards the perception of the future in relation to climate change and multiple human interventions in the natural environment and sense of insecurity and anxiety that characterizes this new millennium.  

Solo exhibitions (since 2007)


Solo Show at Goat Art Project curated by Sara Rees (Cardiff – Wales)

Double solo Show Ballestra Maria Rebecca/Andrea Francolino curated by Paola Valenti/ Alberto Mattia Martini, Galleria Spazio Testoni (Bologna-Italy)

2013- 2012 Itinerary project Journey into Fragility, promoted by ADAC (Archive of Contemporary Art of the University of Genoa), Kalart (Switzerland), Galerie Alberta Pane (France), Maqroll  (Italy) and Ramdom (Italy). Twelve stages around the wrorld:

Meta-Architetture, Gallery Spazio Testoni (Bologna-Italy) curated by Paola Valenti

Journey into Fragility, Gallery 400mq (Ancona-Italy) curated by Federica Mariani


Changing Perspective, series of  own exhibitions, installations  and site specific projects  curated by Paola Valenti in collaboration with Alessandra Piatti e Daniela Legotta (Genoa – Italy),  included:

Post Human Garden – Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce

Eyes on Asia – Museum of the Cultures of the worlds  

The Weight of the Human Being, Sala Dogana Ducale Palace

The Future is near. The Future is now! UnimediaModern Gallery

There’s plenty of room at the botton, Genoa Port Center


The Future is near. The future is now! Galerie Alberta Pane  (Paris – France) curated by Luca Bochicchio


Kisses form China!, Phodar Biennale, Sofia, Bulgaria


Group Exhibitions (since 2007)


Suspended Spaces 2. Artists in dialogue with Cecilia Ravera Oneto’s art work, curated by Leo Lecci, Monica Saccomandi, Laura Valle. Exhibition Hall Piedmonte Region, (Turin – Italia)


La photographie, une seconde nature! -Ibn El Farouk, Maria Rebecca Ballestra,  Dalel Tangour,  Luis Moragon - Mamia Bretesche Gallery  (Paris – France)

Exhibition Cambridge Sustainable Residency, Norforlk Street Gallery (Cambridge – UK) curated by Marina Velez 

Appearance Eco Arts Festival , S.E.A Gallery – Princetown (USA)


Video Projection of the video “Dialogue for Preservation” during the Swiss Annual Development Cooperation Conference "A fragile world – young people’s perspectives" - Lugano Congress Center (Switzerland) 

Sea Art Festival by Busan Biennale, South Korea  project in collaboration with Rachela Abbate),

Invisible Cities – 12 artist for Calvino”, Accademia Ligustica (Genoa, Italy), organised by Foundation Mario Novaro

Video Festival Old Ambulance Depot in Edinburgh (Scotland) 

5th edition of FIVAC, International Video Art Festival, in Camaguey, “The Next Resistance” section, (Cuba)

Marais Digital – Galerie Mamia Bretesche – Paris (France)

RicCAA International Biennial of Art and Design of Padova (Italy), ex macello, curated by Marisa Merlin

In-Naturale, Foundation Villa Margherita-Famiglia Teruzzi, Bordighera (IM) curated by Leo Lecci


Centenary Docks Dora, cultural event organized by SAL – Spazio AdLbitum for the celebrations of 100 years of Docks Dora  

Rolli Days, Tobia Pallavicino Palace (Genoa – Italy), courtesy UnimediaModern

Invisible Cities, 12 artists for Calvino, Museum Palazzo Borea D’Olmo (Sanremo- Italy) organised by Novaro Foundation

International Multimedia Art Festival in Yangon (Myanmar, Burma) organized by New Zero Art Space and the French Institute of Culture.


Al Ghaib Aesthetic of the Disappearance, Maraya Art Center (Sharjah – UAE)  curated by Gaia Serena Simionati

Al Ghaib Aesthetic of the Disappearance, Stux Gallery  (New York – USA)  curated by Gaia Serena Simionati

Nuit Blanche, Institute Français, (Paris – France and Oran – Alger) curated by Mamya Bretsche and Gaetan Pellan)

Art Price Duchessa di Galliera, 2011 – 1956, Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce (Genoa –Italy) curated by Anna Lercari


Nuit Blanche, Institute Français, (Paris – France and Oran – Alger) curated by Mamya Bretsche and Gaetan Pellan)

Docks en Ciel curated by Adrien Pasternak - Chic  Art Fair (La Cite’ de la Mode et du Design – Paris)

Sunday’s Screening Kernot Art Gallery (Paris)

MC² - Museum’s collections # 2, Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce, curated by Francesca Serrati

Moscow Biennale “Qui Vive?”(Moscow – Russia) curated by Daria Pyrkina

Video Festival “Video Appart” (Paris – Dubai)

Mashrab – Maghrab” Contemporary Art Exhibition selected by Bastakia Art Fair  -Heritage House Gallery - Dubaï  (U.A.E.)


Sowing Seeds” Kaman Art Gallery (Jodhpur – India) curated by Nilesh Shidhpura

Phodar Biennial ’09 (Pevlen – Bulgaria) curated by Antoan Bozhinov

Intersection- Correlation” (Berlin – Germany) curated by Brian Hackney Turn-Berlin Art Space

La Grande Abbuffata:  Scorie, Scarti, Sprechi. Risorse energetiche” (Auditorium of the Museums of Strada Nuova - Genoa) curated by  Ko.Ji.Ku


Sculpture Quadrennial of Riga (Latvia), organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia  and Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC)

21th Instants Video (Marseille – France) supported by The French Ministry of Culture, The Regional Council (PACA), The city of Marseille and the European Commission

Tracing love 24/7” Gallery  “Magacine (Belgrade, Serbia) curated by DEVE

Urban Jealousy” 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (Istanbul Turkey) , curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Serhat Koksal

Kaléidoscope de la création émergente”, (Paris-France,Strasbourg,Bordeaux) curated by Helene Mugnier ed Adrien Pasternak

“Video Appart” (Paris-France)

“Arrivi e Partenze.Italia” at the Mole Vanvitelliana (Ancona-Italy) curated by Alberto Fiz and Walter Gasperoni.



Award Honorable Mention by the Santo Fondation (USA) for the 2013 Artist Awards

Second Prize at the Busan Sea Art Festival by Busan Biennale

Residences (since 2007)



Artist Residence Program Verde River (Phoenix – Arizona) curato da Signal Fire USA

Artist Residence Program presso il WAW Art center (Saint Louis – Senegal)


Cambridge Sustainable Residency (collaborating artist), Cambridge School of Art and Angli Ruskin University (UK), curated by Marina Velez

First Caravan Brazil by Transnational Culture (San Paulo – Rio de Janeiro) 


Artist Residence Program Rhod 2013 – Future Nature Culture Carmarthenshire (Wales) – curated by Sara Rees


Artist Residence “Creatives in Residence” Sunhoo INdustriial Design Innovation Park (Fuyang, China)

Artist Residence Program at PROG KULTUR ZENTRUM (Bern – Switzerland) supported by KALART

Artist residence program Poject XENIA (Pescara – Italy) supported by Cultural Association HUMANITAS

Artist residence Program at Abetenim Village (Ghana) supported by NKA Foundation


Selected  for DEFAULT Masterclass in Residence: On Art, Cities and Regeneration Lecce, (Italy), organized by RAMDOM


Selected for the International Artist Camp “Sowing Seeds” in Sar Village (Rajasthan – India)


Selected for the Artist Residence Program at CEAC Chinese European Art Center (Xiamen – China)

Selected for the 1st International Openart Residency, Eretria (Greece) organized by CheapArt Gallery of Athens


Selected for the Artist Residence Program at Global Arts Village (Delhi – India)

Lectures and Symposium


TransCultural Exchange's 2016 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds.


Conferenza Network Ecologies – University of Hull (UK)


Talk “Art and ecology” Small World Theatre (Cardigan – Wales)

2012 Lecture "Journey into Fragility", Maraya Art Center (Sharjah-UAE;

Lecture at PROG Zentrum (Bern-Switzerland) 

2011 Lecture "Paesaggi artistici per lo spazio Pubblico", Liberrima, Lecce (Italy), included in the program ART LAB                                                                                          

Lecture "Post Human Garden", Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce during the Genoa Science Festival (Genoa,Italy);                                                                                                          

Coffee Hour at Castello d'Albertis Museum of the Cultures of the World (Genoa, Italy) 

2008 Lecture and Public presentation, Multimedia Department, Xiamen University(China);

Lecture, University of Genoa, Genoa (Italy);

Lecture and Public presentation, Museo di Palazzo Borea d’Olmo, Sanremo (Italy); 

2007 Lecture, Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, Genoa (Italy);

2006 Lecture and Public presentation, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei (Taiwan); Workshop and Performance with 100 students of MCAST Art and Design Institute Mosta, Malta

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