PAOLA VALENTI (main curator)
Paola Valenti is an Italian scholar of contemporary art and a researcher and professor in the same field at the University of Genoa. She graduated in Foreign Languages, Literature and Arts and specialized in History of Contemporary Art at the University of Genoa, where she completed her studies with a PhD in History, Conservation and Restoration of Architectural and Artistic Heritage (Faculty of Architecture). Her academic career began with a research grant (2003-2004) for the organization and diffusion of the materials preserved in the Archives of Contemporary Art (AdAC) of the University of Genoa; since then her research activity develops in the field of XX and XXI century visual arts, with a particular attention to documentary sources. She is the author of many essays on the figurative culture of the XX century and of monographs on Lucio Fontana (Lucio Fontana in dialogo con lo spazio: opere ambientali e collaborazioni architettoniche 1946-1968, De Ferrari Editore, Genova 2009); Paul Klee (Klee erobert Italien. Italiens Kunstkritik über den Bilder-Zauberer, Verlag Steinmeier, Deiningen 2009); Ludwig Meidner (Ludwig Meidner attraverso gli scritti, De Ferrari Editore, Genova 2009), Maria Rebecca Ballestra (Maria Rebecca Ballestra. Changing Perspectives /Cambiando Prospettive, texts in Italian and English, De Ferrari Editore, Genova 2011). She also wrote some essays on the avant-garde movements of the second half of the XX century for Art of the Twentieth Century, published by Skira in several volumes (Italian and English version). She recently collaborated with Carlo Bertelli for the new edition of History of Art, a manual published by Bruno Mondadori (2010; V Volume, XX Century Art and the new trends in the art of the present). She is also an art critic and a correspondent of Juliet Art Magazine; she took part in the organisation of several national and international art exhibitions and she recently curated Maria Rebecca Ballestra's exhibition in five steps Changing Perspectives / Cambiando Prospettive (Genoa, June – November 2011).
LUCA BOCHICCHIO (1st step curator)
Luca Bochicchio is an Italian art critic and curator. He has a PhD in Arts, Theatre and Multimedia Technologies and he is currently working on the development project of MuDAC - Museo Diffuso d'Arte Contemporanea in Albissola Marina (Savona, Italy). At the University of Genova he works as a temporary contract researcher for the Department of Arts (DIRAS) and cooperates with AdAC (Archives of Contemporary Art). He has published reviews as well as scientific essays in magazines such as Tk/Artkey, Juliet Art Magazine, Faenza, Ore Piccole, Tecnologie Didattiche, Anthropos & Iatria, Opuscula Musealia, Elephant & Castle. As a curator he has presented monographic and group exhibitions in Italy, Switzerland, Monte-Carlo and Paris.
THOMAS KALAU (2nd step curator)
DANIELA LEGOTTA (3rd step curator)
Daniela Legotta graduated in History of Art (second degree) at Genoa University. She is an independent curator and art critic. She is one of the founders of Ko.Ji.Ku. Association (Consortium Young Curators) which has organized several solo and collective exhibitions of young artists. She has published essays in magazines and catalogs. Currently She collaborates with the Archive of Contemporary Art (University of Genoa) and she is working with Comune di Celle Ligure (Savona, Italy) to the development of a web portal dedicated to contemporary art and young creativity. She is museum guide and is also active in the field of communication.
MAMIA BRETESCHE (4th step curator)
Born in Algeria, mamia Bretesche has been manager of the cultural department of the institute and school of Petroleum in Oran – Algeria. She has also curated several exhibitions for galleries and institutions in Algeria, Dubai and France. In 1978, she curated the exhibition “The independence day in Angola” White & Black photography by famous photographers, held at the Institute of petroleum. She has been the curator of “Europa’rt ” artists of the European countries at the European parliament bureau, Information office and exhibition center in Berlin, in 1995. Between 2003 and 2008, she held several international fairs as a Parisian gallery owner, Diva New York, Venice V7, Roma, Dubai, Paris. In 2010 she helped organise the exhibition “ Direct form Algiers ” at the Museum of Montparnasse in Paris. Mamia Bretesché held the first video biennial in Dubai in 2010 and was co-curator of the video Appart Paris /Dubai 3rd edition. She also has been the co-curator with Sadek Rahim of the white night “ la Nuit Blanche “ of Oran initiated in 2010 and 2011 by The French Cultural Center of Oran. In 2011 she was nominated manager and curator of the trophy Arts Plastiques of the Rapec an NGO based in Africa and supported by the UNESCO. Mamia Bretesché works as a private dealer and independant curator since 1977, she has opened a public space from 2003 until 2008 in Paris, three blocks far from Beaubourg, the museum of Modern Art and has specialised in contemporary art by young emerging artists as well as establisched ones. Mamia Bretesché is responsible of the management of artists studios and a gallery at Saint Maur des Fossés in the suburb of Paris.
LUCA ZORDAN (5th step curator)
FABIO CARNAGHI (6th step curator)
Art critic and independent curator. Scientific and cultural co-ordinator for the FAI (Italian Environment Fund) focuses his research on the visual languages of the contemporary, with a close attention to sustainability, transversality and cultural development, favoring areas with high environmental impact and strong historical connotation. The interest in the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and environmental issues has led him to work together with institutions (UNESCO, MAB-Man and Biosphere, Parco del Ticino), local associations and historic houses in Milan and its territory, where is working at a circuit project. He has worked as curator of contemporary art exhibitions and events in historical locations and his articles on the topic have been published on professional reviews, publications and monographies (Quayola, Bertozzi & Casoni, ZimmerFrei). Fabio Carnaghi is curator of the art section of Ultrafilosofia, webzine about art, culture and invention. He's artistic director and curator of the Rugabella Art Award, an innovative eco-contest-oriented cultural project, which aims at the definition of alternative and unconventional spaces for contemporary art.
ALESSANDRA PIATTI (7th step curator)
Alessandra Piatti is a Phd student in Visual, Performing Arts and Multimedia Technologies at the University of Genoa. She is a member of INCCA (International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art) and she is specializing in the field of conservation and documentation of installations, time-based works, and variable art. She collaborates with the Archive of Contemporary Art of the University of Genoa and she also active as an indipendent curator and art critic. From 2008 she is member of Ko.Ji.Ku Association (Consortium Young Curators) and she has organized and curated some exhibitions with the same association. Se hads also co-curated the exhibition Maria Rebecca Ballestra. Changing Perspective/Cambiando Prospettive (Genoa, June - November 2011) an she is the author of the following essays: Tra metafora e concetto. Declinazioni visive di alcune problematiche sociali e ambientali, in La grande abbuffata. Scarti_Scorie_Sprechi. Risorse Energetiche?, Erga edizioni, Genova 2009; Tra anima e corpo, in P.Valenti (a cura di), Mara Rebecca Ballestra CHANGING PERSPECTIVES/CAMBIANDO PROSPETTIVE, De Ferrari Editore, Genova 2011.
SARA REES (8th step curator)