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Stefano Arienti graduated in agrarian sciences with a dissertation on virology. He began as an artist in 1985 in the ex-Brown Boveri factory in Milan, where he met Corrado Levi, his first maestro. He has taken part in the 45th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (Aperto 1990, 1993), the 3rd Istanbul Biennale (1992), the XII Rome Quadriennale, 1996 (where he won first prize), and the 7th Biennial of Gwangju (2008). His solo shows include that at the MAXXI, Rome (2004), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2005), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2007), Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2008), MAMbo, Bologna (with Cesare Pietroiusti, 2008), Palazzo Ducale, Mantua (2009), and at the Museion, Bolzano (with Massimo Bartolini, 2011). A keen traveller, he is today one of the best-known Italian artists.
W. H. Auden was an English poet who later became an American citizen. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1947 for his long poem The Age of Anxiety, the title of which became a popular phrase describing the modern era.
Marc Augé, French philosopher, is one of the most eminent anthropologists. He is best known in the world for his book "Non-Lieux. Introduction à une anthropologie de la surmodernité" (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity).
Alterazioni Video is an artists’ collective made up of Paololuca Barbieri Marchi, Alberto Caffarelli, Matteo Erenbourg, Andrea Masu and Giacomo Porfiri, founded in Milan in 2004 and based in New York, Berlin and Milan. They are known for Incompiuto Siciliano, a project reinterpreting the Italian landscape and its unfinished architecture, also displayed at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale and at the MAXXI Museum of Rome. Over the last five years, the collective has produced ten films, brought together under the name Turbo Film and screened at cinema festivals and in art spaces, including Performa (New York), the Milan Film Festival, Art Basel (Miami), PAC (Milan).
Dino Baldi, a classical philologist and writer, was one of the contributors to the magazine Il Semplice. Almanacco delle prose edited by Ermanno Cavazzoni and Gianni Celati. With Quodlibet, he has published Morti favolose degli antichi (2010), and translated and edited the Anabasis of Xenophon (La spedizione verso l’interno, 2012). In the area of classical studies, he has published Filologi ed antifilologi (Le Lettere, Florence, 2006) and La filologia, il metodo e la scuola di Enea Piccolomini (Gonnelli, Florence, 2012). Together with Elena Frontaloni and Paolo Maccari, he directs the digital series Quodlibet Note azzurre, for which he edited the novel by Giuseppe Fraccaroli L’Isola dei Ciechi (2013). In 2015 he published Vite efferate di papi, a book examining the vices and virtues, oddities and ambitions of various popes.
Joanna Banham is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Pietro Maria Bardi (La Spezia, February 21, 1900 – São Paulo, October 10, 1999) was an Italian writer, curator and collector, mostly known for being the Founding Director of the MASP Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
Gianfranco Baruchello (Livorno, 1924). An Italian artist and painter of international fame. As a great experimenter of techniques and languages, since the mid-1950s the artist has explored painting, installation, assemblage, film, photography, drawing, writing and sound works, broadening his visual research well beyond the traditional environments of the medium and the language of art, only to enter the practices of agriculture, anthropology and economics to create forms of critical analysis of consumer society.
Gabriele Basilico is considered one of the masters of contemporary photography. After graduating in architecture in 1973, he devoted his life to photography. The transformations of the contemporary landscape, the form and identity of the city and the metropolis all served as Gabriele Basilico’s privileged fields of research. Milano ritratti di fabbriche (1978-80) was the first of his works to focus on outlying industrial areas. In 1984-85 he took part in the Mission Photographique de la DATAR, the project set up by the French government and entrusted to a group of international photographers with the aim of representing the transformation of the national countryside. In 1991 he took part in a mission to Beirut. Basilico was awarded numerous prizes, and his works are to be found in prestigious public and private collections, both in Italy and around the world. During his career, he published over sixty books.
Geoffrey Batchen teaches art history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is a writer and curator, and the author of Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (MIT Press, 1997) among other books.
Mario Bellini is an architect and designer. He has received the Golden Compass Award eight times and twenty-five of his works are in the permanent design collection of the MoMA in New York, which held a retrospective of his work in 1987. He served as editor of Domus magazine (1985-1991). He has planned countless art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad. Since the 1980s, focusing almost entirely on architecture, the many buildings he has designed include the Portello Trade Fair district in Milan, the Villa Erba Exhibition and Convention Centre in Cernobbio (Como), the Tokyo Design Centre in Japan, the Natuzzi America Headquarters in the United States, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the City History Museum of Bologna, the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre in Paris, and the new Milan Convention Centre. In 2015 the Milan Triennale awarded him the Golden Medal for his career in architecture, and in 2016 staged a retrospective of his work.
Francesca Berardi is an Italian journalist who lives in New York. Her fascination for places in a phase of strong transition arose over the years she spent in Europe right after graduation, when she curated multiple art projects, all focusing on the role of art in post-industrial sites, including an exhibition for the European Biennial Manifesta in Belgium, staged in a former coalmining city (2012). She visited Detroit for the first time in 2013, and started her publishing project with crowdfunding. In 2016 she graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism, where she completed an MA in Politics.
Donatella Bernardi is a multidisciplinary artist working with installations, publications, video, essays and exhibition curatorship. Her interests cover issues of power, gender, post-colonialism, racial injustice and capitalism. She was the founding member of the Zorro & Bernardo collective (2001-2006) as well as being co-founder and co-director of the award-winning nomadic festival Eternal Tour (2008-2012). She has been a Professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm since 2010. A former member of the Swiss Institute in Rome (2006-2008) and a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2008-2009), she wrote a PhD on events and the contemporary art system in the context of globalisation at the Queen Mary University of London. Winner of the Picker Bursary in 2013, she published her first monograph In Pursuit of Unlimited Hospitality the following year. In 2015, she was a guest curator at the Kunsthalle in Bern, an experience followed by the publication of Into Your Solar Plexus.
Francesca Bernasconi is a member of the scientific staff of the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
Luca Bertolo is an Italian artist and painter. His solo exhibitions include La Figurazione Inevitabile curated by Marco Bazzini and Davide Ferri, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea L. Pecci, Prato (2013); A Painting Cycle, curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2012); Six tips for ageing with grace, Arcade, London (2012).
Vanni Bianconi, born in Locarno in 1977, lives in London. He is the creator and artistic director of the festival of literature and translation Babel, and he is among the creators of the multi-language magazine ‘Specimen. The Babel Review of Translations’. His poems have been translated into some ten languages, and published in volumes, reviews and anthologies. He won the Schiller Prize for his poetry with Ora prima. Sei poesie lunghe (Casagrande, 2008), and the Marazza Prize for his translation of the For the Time Being by W. H. Auden.
Maxime Bichon is a young French artist who lives and works in Paris. His working practice reflects the geographical and relational landscape through the use of performance and installations.
Marco Biraghi is ordinary professor of History of Contemporary Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. Among his works we remember "Storia dell’architettura Italiana 1985-2015" (Einaudi, 2013); "Storia dell'architettura contemporanea I-II" (Einaudi, 2008).
Angelo Del Boca is an Italian writer, journalist and historian. He was the first Italian intellectual to denounce the atrocities by Italian troops in Libya and Ethiopia. In July 2014 Addis Abeba University awarded him an honoris causa degree in African History. He lives in Turin and is the editor in chief of 'I sentieri della ricerca', a contemporary history periodical.
Giuliana Bruno is a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Professor Bruno is internationally known for her research on the overlapping between the visual arts, architecture, film and media. Her book Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film (2002) won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award.
Nanna Debois Buhl is a visual artist who lives and works in Copenhagen and New York. Her practice is a continuous investigation of historical and cultural knowledge through botany, animal life, imagery and architectural components. She participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York (2008-09). Her installations and films have been exhibited at Pérez Art Museum (FL), SculptureCenter (NY), Art in General (NY), The Studio Museum (Harlem, NY), El Museo del Barrio (NY), Lunds Konsthall (Sweden), Kunsthal Charlottenborg and the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, (Denmark).
Mario Calabresi is an Italian journalist and writer, and has been director of the newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ since January 2016.
Giorgio Andreotta Calò is an Italian artist who lives and works between Italy and Holland. In 2011 his work was presented at the 54th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale. In 2012 he was awarded the Premio Italia for contemporary art promoted by the Museo MAXXI in Rome for the work Prima che sia notte. In 2014 he won the Premio New York, promoted by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. His solo shows include: In girum imus nocte ZERO, Milan and 5122.65 Miles Depart Foundation, Los Angeles. In 2017 he will represent Italy at the 57th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale.
Matteo Campagnoli is the author of the book of poetry, In una notte fortunata (Casagrande, 2010), and the theatrical pièce, Dioniso a Tebe (2012), based on the Bacchantes by Euripides. He has also worked in the theatre alongside Derek Walcott to stage the Italian versions of two pièces by the Caribbean poet: The Odyssey. A Stage Version (Ortigia Festival, 2005) and Moon-Child (American Academy in Rome, 2011). The artists whose work he has edited and curated include Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky for Adelphi, and David Foster Wallace for Casagrande. His texts have been published in ‘Lo Straniero’, ‘Corriere della Sera’, ‘Sole 24 ore’, ‘Viceversa’ (CH), ‘Agenda’ (GB) and ‘Epiphany’ (USA). He was awarded the Mario Luzi Prize for poetry, and the Marazza Prize for translation. Since 2007 he has directed the Research Sector of the Babel Festival of Literature and Translation (Bellinzona).
Frida Carazzato has been an assistant curator at Museion, the Contemporary Art Museum in Bolzano, since 2009. In 2010 she curated E-flux Video Rental, a project by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vodokle at the Fondazione Giuliani, Rome. She is the author of Pratiques et expériences curatoriales italiennes.
Barbara Casavecchia is an art critic, journalist and independent curator. Contributing editor for ‘Frieze’, she also collaborates with ‘D La Repubblica’, ‘Flash Art’, ‘Art Review’, ‘Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Mousse’.
Vincenzo Castella (Naples, 1952) is among the best-known Italian landscape photographers. He lives in Milan, and has used colour photography since 1975. In 1998 he began his series on buildings and put forward hypothetical visual narratives on the complexity of the urban fabric and its interweaving nature, expressed through blown-up colour prints from large and extra-large format film. A far cry from any form of stylistic evolutionism, his work is bound up in the analysis of language, of existence and vision. His research includes images of Italian and European cities like Naples, Milan, Rouen, Caen, Le Havre, Helsinki and Berlin, as well as images of territories and sites like Ramallah and Jerusalem. His works have been displayed in galleries and museums in many countries around the world, and he has taken part in the Biennales of Art and Architecture of Venice on various occasions.
Luca Cerizza is an art critic and author. He lives in Berlin and Mumbai. He has curated several exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He is a contributor for ‘Frieze Magazine’ and is also editor of ‘Kaleidoscope’ in Berlin.
Marina Ballo Charmet is an artist who works with photography and video. Her research explores everyday life, the ‘always seen’ which she calls 'the background noise of our mind.' As a result, she applies a gaze marked by perceptive mobility and off-focus, with a perspective from the side or from below. She has shown work in many museums, including the Gallerie d’Italia, Milan; the MAXXI, Rome; the Triennale, Milan; the Fotomuseum in Winterthur; the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. She also took part in the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2010) the 47th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (1997). She has published many books, including Marina Ballo Charmet, Fotografie e video 1993/2007 (Electa, Milan 2007); Il parco (Charta, Milan 2008), and Sguardo Terrestre, (MACRO – Quodlibet 2013).
Clement Cheroux is chief curator of the photographic archive of the Centre Pompidou. A historian of photography, he has taught at the University of Paris I, Paris VIII and at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles. Editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘Études photographiques’, he is a scientific advisor to the Musée Nicéphore-Niépce in Châlon-sur-Saone, and a board member of the Société française de photographie.
Maria Giovanna Cicciari graduated in literature from Milan University, and in 2010 specialised in cinema and video at the Brera Fine Arts Academy. In 2009 she won first prize at the Festival Filmmaker in Milan with her short film La natura delle cose, directed together with Federico Chiari. In 2011 she produced the documentary Dora Gaia, screened in the ‘Fuori formato’ section of the Festival Filmmaker Doc 16.
Marco Ciriello (Avellino, 1975) is an Italian writer and journalist. He writes for "Il Messaggero" and "Il Mattino". He directed the documentaries Ezra Pound, Poeta, and Storia della Triennale di Milano.
Christopher Collins has worked over the years mainly in the field of cognitive poetics, concentrating on perception and memory as they are simulated through the act of reading. His publications include Paleopoetics: The Evolution of the Preliterate Imagination (2013) and Neopoetics: The Evolution of the Literate Imagination (2016).
Luigi Comencini was one of the leading post-war Italian film directors. After a neorealist debut, he moved on to direct almost all kinds of movie genre. His many memorable works include Bread, Love and Dreams (1953), Everybody Go Home (1960) and The Scientific Cardplayer (1972). He also directed various highly successful television series: I bambini e noi (1970), Le avventure di Pinocchio (1972) and L’amore in Italia (1978). In his youth, spent in Milan, he was among the founders of the Cineteca Italiana.
Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro live and work in San Marino. Their activity is characterized by a specific hybridization between research in anthropology, documentary languages, and performative practice. The largest and most complex project by Canarezza & Coro over the years, starting in 2004, is Little Constellation: a network devoted to the knowledge and dissemination of artistic practice in the Small States and Micro Geopolitical Areas of Europe that comprises participation by more than forty partners in nineteen different countries. Their work has been hosted by: C.C.A. Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan 1999; Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, 2000; Swiss Cultural Institute SIS, New York, 2002; Careof/DOCVA, Milan, 2010; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam, Luxembourg, 2011; dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, 2012; National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, 2013, Listen to the Sirens / Space for Contemporary Art, Gibraltar, 2014; Banner Repeater, London, 2015; Archimuseo A. Accattino, Ivrea, Italy 2017.
Mike Davies is a British architect. He was a founding partner of the Richard Rogers Partnership and is a senior partner in the firm’s current incarnation, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Luca Doninelli is an Italian writer and journalist. He has collaborated with several magazines and newspapers, such as ‘Il Sabato’, ‘Liberal’, ‘Tempi’, ‘Il Giornale’ and ‘Vita e Avvenire’. He has authored various novels, including La revoca (Premio Selezione Campiello), La Mano and the collection of short stories Le decorose memorie (Supervincitore del Premio Grinzane Cavour).
Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux (France) in 1957, she has lived in Milano since 1979. Until 1986 she worked as a designer and was a founder member of Memphis. She designed numerous “decorated surfaces”: textiles, carpets, plastic laminates, and some furniture and objects. In 1987 painting became her main activity.
Haris Epaminonda was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and currently lives and works in Berlin. She studied at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art in London. Her work has been presented in several solo exhibitions in some of the leading institutions for contemporary art, such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY (2011); the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, (2011); the Tate Modern, London (2010), and the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden (2009). In 2014 she won the Gunther Peill Prize with VOL. XVIII. She has also been featured in a wide range of exhibitions, such as dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012), the 2nd Athens Biennale (2009), the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), L’image Volée, curated by Thomas Demand, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016) and The ground beneath our feet, about archaeological practices in contemporary Cypriot art, at the British Museum, London (2016).
Fosbury Architecture is a collective of design and research founded in 2013, based in Milan, Rotterdam and Hamburg. It is made up of Giacomo Ardesio, Alessandro Bonizzoni, Nicola Campri, Veronica Caprino and Claudia Mainardi. F .A.’s work has been awarded prizes in various international contests, including Europan13 (Leeuwarden), the Museum of Natural Sciences (Turin), YA C (Bologna) and Recycling Socialism (Tallinn Architecture Biennale). The collective was the youngest Italian group chosen to take part in the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2017, Make New History.
Franco Farinelli is director of the department of Philosophy and Communication of the University of Bologna and president of the Association of Italian Geographers (Agei). He has taught at the Universities of Geneva, Los Angeles (UCLA), Berkeley, the Sorbonne and the Nordic Institute for Urban and Regional Planning in Stockholm. His books include: Geografia (Einaudi, 2003) and Crisi della ragione cartografica (Einaudi, 2009).
Ettore Favini creates site-specific works, developed through a growth process that makes them living organisms, never entirely finished: open-ended devices of vision in which the work partakes in life and the viewer becomes an active participant. Awarded the Artegiovane prize from the Milan and Turin Chambers of Commerce (2005) and the prestigious Premio New York from Columbia University (2007), Favini shared the 48th Premio Suzzara (2013) with Antonio Rovaldi. During Expo Milano 2015 he presented his new project Sillage in collaboration with the Fondazione Ermanno Casoli and Elica in the Save The Children Pavilion. He has displayed his work at the Museo Villa Croce, Genoa; MAN – Museo d’Arte della Provincia di Nuoro; the Italian Academy of Columbia University, New York; the ISCP, New York; Ocat, Shanghai; SongEun Art Space, Seoul; Centre for Contemporary Art Futura, Prague; Manifesta 9 Parallel Events, Genk; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Villa Panza, Varese; GAM, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan; PAC, Milan; MAGA, Gallarate; Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo; CCC Strozzina, Florence; Villa Medici, Accademia di Francia, Rome; Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome; American Academy, Rome; Fondazione Olivetti, Rome; Museo Riso, Palermo. He is currently a member of the Visual Arts faculty of NABA – the New Academy of Fine Arts – in Milan.
Ramak Fazel is an Iranian photographer. After gaining a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, Indiana, he specialised in photography at CalArts – the California Institute of the Arts. Since 1994 he has lived between New York, Los Angeles and Milan, where he works with the main design and architecture magazines like ‘Abitare’ and ‘Domus’. His work has been displayed in venues including the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, at the Canadian Center of Architecture, Montréal, at the Casa degli Atellani, Milan, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, the 14th International Architecture Biennale of Venice and at the Chicago Architecture Biennale. Fazel is a visiting professor at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Fulvio Ferrari is a curator, together with his son, Napoleone, of the Casa Museo Carlo Mollino in Turin.
Hercule Florence, born in Nice in 1804, his family originated from the Principality of Monaco. The young Florence emigrated to Brazil in 1823, and in 1824 he took part as a draughtsman in the Langsdorff expedition to the Mato Grosso, commissioned by Tsar Alexander I. It was on this mission, riddled with uncertainties and dangers, that he discovered his potential as a scientist and brilliant inventor. After the end of the Langsdorff expedition in 1830, Florence settled down with his first wife Maria Angélica in the small town of São Carlos (today Campinas), where he started working in coffee production. Up until his death in 1879, Florence produced a series of scientific manuscripts and biographical diaries in which he analysed and detailed his research into the printing systems he had invented, such as polygraphy as well as photography, of which he is today considered a pioneer. He also produced a series of drawings documenting the agricultural activities to the North of Sao Paulo, leaving a major iconographic heritage behind him showing the systems used for the cultivation of coffee, at the time linked to slavery and deforestation.
Thomas Fouilleron, history PhD, is the director of the archive and library of the Palais Princier de Monaco, and associate scholar at the Centre de la Méditerranée moderne et contemporaine (EA 1193 – Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis).
Marco Franciolli is the director of the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. A member of numerous foundations and archives in the Ticino Canton, in Switzerland and abroad, since 2012 he has been a board member of the Pro Helvetia Foundation.
Hamish Fulton is a British walking artist. Since 1972 he has created works based exclusively on the experience of walking. He translates his walks into a variety of media, including photography and illustrations.
Linda Fregni Nagler is a visual artist working mainly with the photographic medium. She teaches photography at the Brera Academy, Milan, and visual arts at the NABA, Milan. In 2013, she was invited to participate in Il Palazzo Enciclopedico [The Encyclopaedic Palace], 55th Venice Biennale. She is the author of a monograph titled The Hidden Mother (MACK, 2013).
Francesco Garutti (1979, Milan) is contemporary art and architecture curator and editor.
Riccardo Giacconi has studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia, at UWE in Bristol and at New York University. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (France), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (France), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and in the “Résonance” section of the Lyon Biennale. He was artist-in-residence at: Centre international d’art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and La Box (Bourges). He presented his films at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, theInternational Film Festival Rotterdam, the Rome Film Festival, the Torino Film Festival and the FID Marseille International Film Festival, where he won the Grand Prix of the international competition in 2015. He was the recipient of the 2016 ArteVisione award, organized by Careof and Sky Arte. In 2007 he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with which he curates the periodical publication ‘Paesaggio’ and the ‘Helicotrema’ festival.
Davide Giannella is an independent curator. His research revolves around the potential relationships between the art system and the various fields of the contemporary cultural horizon (cinema, architecture, design, food and music), as well as the transferral and declination into various different contexts and platforms of artistic projects and contents. He has worked for public institutions such as the Milan Triennale (Junkbuilding, 2008, group show), the Marino Marini Museum (Glaucocamaleo, 2014, Luca Trevisani with Alberto Salvadori), the PAC in Milan (GLITCH. Interferenze tra Arte e Cinema, 2014, group show) and CRT in Milan.
Paolo Gioli (Sarzano di Rovigo, 1942) undertook a complex research project revolving around the genesis of imagery and the functioning of visual processes in the 1960s. He made his first film in 1969, while in his study of photography, he began with the pinhole technique, then that of the photo-finish and Polaroid emulsion lifted onto various supports. Since 1974 he has taken part in key experimental cinema events as well as major international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale. His works are to be found in the collections of many major European and US museums, including that of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Art Institute Chicago, MoMA New York, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea Cinisello Balsamo (province of Milan).
Amos Gitai is an Israeli film-maker and screenwriter. In his films – both documentary and fiction, Gitai has explored the history of the Middle East countries, including his own personal history, through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control and utopia. Between 1999 and 2017 ten of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d’Or. He received several prestigious prizes, in particular the Leopard of Honor at the Locarno International Film Festival (2008), the Roberto Rossellini prize (2005), the Robert Bresson prize (2013), the Paradjanov prize (2014), and Légion d’Honneur (2017). His latest films are A Tramway in Jerusalem (2018) and Letter to a Friend in Gaza (2018). Major retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the MoMA and Lincoln Center in New York, and the British Film Institute in London.
Claudio Giunta teaches Italian Literature at Trento University. He has been a visiting professor in Chicago, Tokyo (Todai), Sydney and Rabat universities, as well as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence and the Warburg Institute in London. His latest books include a reportage about Italy, Japan and other things (Il paese più stupido del mondo, Il Mulino, 2010); an essay on the business of art and the rhetoric related to it (Come si diventa ‘Michelangelo’, Donzelli, 2011); a commentary on Dante’s Le Rime (Meridiani Mondadori, 2011); a collection of essays about Italy (Una sterminata domenica. Saggi sul paese che amo, Il Mulino 2013), a booklet about Matteo Renzi (Essere #matteorenzi, Il Mulino 2015), a noir novel (Mar Bianco, Mondadori, 2015), a literature manual-anthology for secondary schools.(Cuori intelligenti. Mille anni di letteratura, 4 volumi, Garzanti Scuola, 2016). He contributes to the cultural supplement of the newspaper ‘Il Sole 24 ore’ and to ‘Internazionale’.
Lorenzo Giusti, curator and art historian, is director of the MAN Museum in Nuoro, where he has curated retrospectives dedicated on major artists and photographers of the 20th century, such as Alberto Giacometti, Maria Lai, Jean Arp, Marino Marini and Vivian Maier.
Edouard Glissant was a Martinican writer, poet and literary critic. He is widely recognised as one of most influential figures in Caribbean thought and cultural commentary. After having studied ethnography at the Musée de l’Homme, he developed his notion of Antillanité and creolisation. In 1995 he became a Distinguished Professor in French Literature at New York University.
Giorgio Gosetti is a journalist, a cinema critic, a cultural organiser and a teacher of the organisation of cinematographic and audio-visual events. He has founded and directed festivals and reviews Antenna Cinema, Noir in Festival, Rome Film Festival, Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival. He was vice-director of the Venice Film Festival from 1991 to 1996. He has written monographs on Marguerite Duras, Luigi Comencini, Alfred Hitchcock, Alla Dwann, Film Noir, and Cinema and Journalism.
Stefano Graziani is an Italian photographer and co-founder of the magazine ‘San Rocco’. In 2013 he edited the volume Jeff Wall, Gestus. Scritti sull’arte e la fotografia. In 2014 he took part in the 14th International Architecture Biennale of Venice, curated by Rem Koolhaas. He also teaches on the Master of Photography at the IUAV in Venice and NABA New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
Michele Guerra is an associate professor of film theory at the University of Parma. He is the scientific coordinator of a ‘SIR’ project funded by MIUR (the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) on Italian film criticism in the 1940s and 1950s. He is the editor of the series on cinematographic studies entitled Pandora-Cinema (Diabasis), and Associate Editor of the film journal ‘Fata Morgana’.
Paul Guian studied at the HEAD in Geneva. He collaborates with the Office of Design and Culture.
Otto Huber is an Italian plant collector and ecologist known for his work on the botany, phytogeography and conservation of the neotropics. Huber has authored over 120 publications, including most of the volumes of Flora of the Venezuelan Guavana.
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the first traveller of the Modern Age.
Invernomuto was founded in 2013 by Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi. Although it primarily works with moving image and sound, Invernomuto also integrates sculpture, publishing and performance in its practices. In 2014, it obtained funding from MiBAC to conclude Negus, its first full-length film released at the beginning of 2016. It went on to win the Museion Prize 1. In 2016 it presented the series Calendoola in the context of a residency at Gluck50, Milan. In 2015 it shot a documentary about Picò culture in Northern Colombia. Solo exhibitions include Africa Addio, Pinksummer, Genoa (2015), Anabasis Articulata, Milan Triennale (2014), and Negus – Far Eye, Museion, Bolzano (2014).
Hilario Isola is a visual artist primarily working with installation, drawing and sculpture. He graduated in Art History and Museology and his interests still span through art history, architecture and natural environments. He creates delicate, often visually subtle installations that respond directly to the context and exhibition spaces, the landscape or any particular environment. His works imply such diverse forms as living systems, objects,photographs, drawings and music. Taking the exhibition and its ritual as an object in itself, Hilario Isola has worked to change the paradigm of this encounter, exploring the possibility of this dynamic experience. Engaging with, and subtly intervening in nature so as to reimagine it in artificial terms, Isola finds ever new ways to mark the persistence of biological life, harmonizing elemental occurrences in terms of his own artistic drive. In each work, he reveals the innate sculptural qualities of natural materials, casting from nature to expose the deep patterns of growth and time.
Francesco Jodice lives and works in Milan. His art explores the transforming social landscape of our time, with a particular focus on urban anthropological phenomena and the creation of new participatory processes. His projects are aimed at building common ground between art and geopolitics, presenting artistic practice as a form of civil poetics. He is on the faculty of the MA programmes in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA – the New Academy of Fine Arts – in Milan, and of the Scuola Holden in Turin. He was among the founders of the Multiplicity and Zapruder groups. He has featured in major group exhibitions such as Documenta, the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennial, the ICP Triennial in New York, and has shown his work at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, the Tate Modern in London and the Prado in Madrid. His main projects include What We Want, a photographic atlas; The Secret Traces, an archive of urban experiments in shadowing; and Citytellers, a film trilogy about new forms of urbanisation. His most recent works – Atlante, American Recordings and Sunset Boulevard – explore the future of the Western World.
Julia is the design practice of Valerio Di Lucente, Erwan Lhuissier and Hugo Timm. Based in London, Paris, and Rome, the studio collaborates with cultural institutions across Europe on projects ranging from print to digital and spatial design. As art director, Julia completed a five-year tenure with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, as well as a three-year stint with visual arts magazine Elephant. In parallel to her studio practice, Julia has lectured at a number of universities in the UK and abroad, including the Royal College of art, Calarts and IUAV in Venice. In 2016 Julia was the recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship. This research focused on Bardi’s editorial work. The studio has been featured in international publications and exhibitions.
Boris Kossoy is a photographer, researcher, historian and professor at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). He is behind the historical research that proved the parallel invention of photography in Brazil by Hercule Florence along with its discovery in Europe. He is the author of Hercule Florence: A descoberta isolada da fotografia no Brasil (1977) and Dicionário Histórico-Fotográfico Brasileiro (2002).
Pablo Larios trained in Comparative Literature. He currently lives in Berlin, where he writes fiction and works as a freelance writer and art critic. His work has appeared internationally in various magazines, such as "Frieze", "Sleek" and "Kaleidoscope".
Vincenzo Latronico is an Italian writer, author of Ginnastica e rivoluzione (Bompiani, 2008) and La cospirazione delle colombe (Bompiani, 2010). He contributes to ‘La Lettura’, the cultural weekly supplement to the ‘Corriere della Sera’ newspaper, ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘Domus’, ‘Internazionale’ and ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’. In 2012 he won the Premio Bergamo and the Premio Napoli for La cospirazione delle colombe .
Alberto Lattuada (1914 – 2005) was an Italian cinema director, screenplay writer and producer; an intellectual with an eclectic personality, fond of literature, art and photography. Over the course of his long career, he discovered many actresses, including Marina Berti, Carla Del Poggio, Jacqueline Sassard, Catherine Spaak and Clio Goldsmith. After the end of the war, he focused exclusively on cinema, as assistant director for Mario Soldati on ‘Old-Fashioned World’ and as a screenplay writer. Among his films, largely based on works of literature, there are The Mill on the Po, taken from the novel by Riccardo Bacchelli, She-Wolf’ from the short story by Giovanni Verga, The Overcoat from the story by Gogol, which definitively marks his shift away from Neorealism, while his blockbusters, such as Tempest and La Steppa, are taken from his favourite authors, the Russians Pushkin and Chekov. In 1998, Lattuada left all his archive material to the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana in Milan, of which many years before he had laid the foundations together with Luigi Comencini and Mario Ferrari, saving a great number of old films from destruction.
Corrado Levi graduated together with Carlo Mollino and was a university assistant to Franco Albini. An architect, artist and writer, he lives and works between Milan and Marrakech. He taught for many years at Milan Polytechnic, and frequently exhibits his work both in Italy and abroad, in particular in New York.
Federico Lodoli lives and works in Paris. He is doing a PhD in Philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Since 2006 he has produced documentaries for RAI. In 2012 he published the philosophical essay Spinoza e Nietzsche. Della potenza e le sue determinazioni for Ombre Corte publishing house. In 2015, he made the documentary Fragment 53 with Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli.
Michele Lombardelli (Cremona, 1968) is a visual artist, musician and publisher. His artist’s books have been exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome; Casa del Mantegna, Mantua; Musée Cantonal Des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; MA*GA Museum, Gallarate, Milan, and at the Milan Triennale. Together with the poet Paul Vangelisti, he directs the Magra Books series, dedicated to Californian poetry.
Francesco Longo is a journalist and author of Il mare di pietra. Eolie o i 7 luoghi dello spirito (2009) and Avatar (2008). He is a contributor to ‘La lettura of Corriere della Sera’ and ‘Europa’.
Claudia Losi studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and graduated in Languages from Bologna University. Among her numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad: W.Women in Italian Design, Triennale Design Museum, Milan (2016); Concha de Amor, Livorno In Contemporanea; I can reach you, from one to many, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno-Lucca (2015); Women for life. Regina José Galindo-Claudia Losi, La Maréchalerie-centre d’art contemporain de l’énsa V, Versailles and Studio Orta Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel; Autoritratti. Iscrizioni del femminile nell’arte italiana contemporanea, MAMbo, Bologna (2013); MAXXI, Rome (Una volta, all’improvviso…, 2012 and Spazio, 2010); Les Funérailles de la Baleine, installation and performance with Vinicio Capossela, Viafarini-DOCVA, Milan (2011); SI Sindrome italiana, MAGASIN, Grenoble; Aware: Art Fashion Identify, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010); Balena Project, IKON Gallery, Birmingham; Patterns of Identity, Stenersen Museum, Oslo; La Coda della Balena 1995-2008, Marino Marini Museum, Florence (2008). Nature and science are her sources of inspiration, together with history and anthropology. Her research focuses on knowledge-based experiences such as the relationship between human and nature, travel and exploration. Losi explores the concept of narration through art and writing, using her work to connect and foster new communities of human relations.
Earl Lovelace is an award-winning Trinidadian novelist, journalist and playwright. He is recognised most of all for his descriptive, dramatic fiction on Trinidadian culture.
Yervant Gianikian (Merano, 1942) and Angela Ricci Lucchi (Lugo di Romagna, 1942). Since 1975 their research has united experimental filmmaking with archive theory. After their initial ‘scented films’, their interest turned to found footage concerning the most dramatic vicissitudes of recent historical events. Through their ‘analytical camera’, these materials are re-filmed, coloured and slowed down to make film works that provide the spectator with a new point of access into past imagery. They have presented their works at many international festivals and exhibited in museums such as MoMA, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Tate Modern, London; the Hangar Bicocca, Milan. They have taken part in the Venice Biennale: (the 49th, curated by Harald Szeemann; the 55th, curated by Massimiliano Gioni; the 56th, Armenian Pavilion, Golden Lion). In 2017 they have taken part in dOCUMENTA 14 Kassel/Athens.
Carlo Maiolini is a French artist, painter and designer.
Michele Mari (Milan, 1955). His books include, Di bestia in bestia (Longanesi, 1989); Io venìa pien d’angoscia a rimirarti (Longanesi, 1990 and Marsilio, 1998); Euridice aveva un cane (Bompiani, 1993 and ‘Einaudi Tascabili’, 2004); Filologia dell’anfibio (Bompiani, 1995); Tu, sanguinosa infanzia (Mondadori, 1997); Rondini sul filo (Mondadori, 1999); Tutto il ferro della torre Eiffel (Einaudi, 2002); I demoni e la pasta sfoglia (2004), Cento poesie d’amore a Ladyhawke (Einaudi, 2007), Verderame (Einaudi, 2007), Milano fantasma (2008, in collaboration with Velasco Vitali), Rosso Floyd (Einaudi, 2010), Fantasmagonia (Einaudi, 2012), Roderick Duddle (Einaudi, 2014). He has translated Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion. The prizes he has been awarded include the Selezione Campiello and the Bagutta.
Antonio Marras is an Italian fashion designer. He was previously the art director of the French maison Kenzo.
Chus Martinez is a Spanish art historian and curator. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. She was Head of Department for dOCUMENTA (13). Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus at the 51st International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (2005).
Gloria Maso is a French-American artist. After attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Bordeaux and the HEAD in Geneva, she is completing her studies at the Cergy. He research takes the form of writing and public readings.
Gabriele Mastrigli is an architect and critic based in Rome. He teaches Architectural Theory and Design at the University of Camerino. He also taught Architectural Theory at Cornell University and at the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam. His articles and essays appear in ‘Il Manifesto’ as well as in various magazines including ‘Domus’, ‘Log’ and ‘Lotus international’. He edited Rem Koolhaas’s collection of essays Junkspace (2006). He curated the annotated edition of Superstudio’s texts and drawings (Superstudio – Opere 1966-1978), as well as the retrospective show Superstudio 50 (Museo Maxxi, Rome 2016).
Massimo Melotti, art critic and sociologist, has studied creative and cultural processes and the relationship between art, new media and society since the 1980s. Since 1990 he has been Chief Consultant at the Rivoli Castle Art Museum. The most recent exhibitions he has curated include the Michelangelo Pistoletto Opene exhibition (Biella) and Francesco Jodice – American Recordings (Rivoli Castle). His publications include The Age of Fiction, with an introduction by Marc Augé, and Pistoletto Opere.
Matteo Meschiari is an Italian writer and anthropologist. Since 2015 he has served as an associate professor at Palermo University, where he teaches geography and anthropology of communication.
Pierre Michelon is a French artist who works between Lyon and Nantes. Like a careful explorer, Michelon makes his way into the territories forgotten by society, focusing on historical research and in particular on colonial history through various media: writings, films, installations and performance. In 2015 he presented his research in Turin at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo with the exhibition Parole e Angurie.
Bernard Millet is a heritage conservator at the Museum of Marseilles. He has organised a great number of exhibitions at the Centre de la Vieille Charité and at the Cantini Museum of Marseilles. In 2000, together with Hubert Nyssen, Thierry Fabre, Bruno Etienne, Jean Claude Izzo and Emile Temime, he founded the review entitled ‘La Pensée de midi’.
Filippo Minelli (Brescia, 1983) is a contemporary artist working internationally, analysing and researching landscape, politics and communication. In 2011, Minelli started to focus methodically on his native land, starting a participative performative process called ‘Padania Classics’ and then publishing the book ‘Atlante dei Classici Padani’ (2015).
Carlo Mollino was an eclectic Italian architect, designer, photographer and skier. He graduated in 1931 from the Regia Scuola Superiore di Architettura of the Albertina Academy in Turin, which went on to become the Faculty of Architecture of Turin Polytechnic. In 1948 he published the volumes entitled Architettura, Arte and Tecnica; in 1953 he was given a place as tenure professor and obtained the teaching post in Architectural Composition, which he maintained up until his death. His architectural masterpieces include the headquarters of the Horse-Riding Association of Turin (1937), the RAI Auditorium in via Rossini (1952) and the Teatro Regio in Turin (1965). Carlo Mollino was one of the leading figures of the Italian Novecento, making his mark by virtue of his unmistakeable refinedness and elegance. In 1949 he published Il Messaggio dalla Camera Oscura, while around 1960 in Turin, he began to select models, mainly dancers, and to invite them to his villa for photography sessions. With very few exceptions, those 1,200 Polaroids were to remain a secret until after his death.
Antonio Monda is an Italian writer and professor. He teaches at the New York University Film and Television Department, and contributes to several newspapers and magazines, such as ‘La Repubblica’, ‘Vogue’ and ‘RAI News 24’.
Jonathan Monk is a British artist. He has a BFA from Leicester Polytechnic (1988) and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art (1991). Solo exhibitions include that at the Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2016); at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy (2015); at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin (2014); at the Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Spain (2013); the Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria (2013); Palais de Tokyo and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris (2008); the Kunstverein Hannover (2006); the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (2005), and the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2003). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including ones at the Whitney Biennial (2006), the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales (2003, 2009), 2nd Berlin Biennale (2001) and 6th Taipei Biennial (2000). He was awarded the Prix du Quartier Des Bains, Geneva in 2012.
Ugo Mulas (1928-1973) is considered the most important italian photographer of postwar period. He started taking photos of the ‘mythical’ Milan of bar Jamaica and becomes one of the most relevant italian photojournalist, as well as an innovator of ‘industrial’ photography. His name is connected to the avant-garde art movements of the ‘60s and the ‘70s, becoming their supporter and interpreter. His last years ‘verifications’ and a personal interpretation of the history of photography close a short but hard-working life.
Paola Nicolin is a contemporary art historian and curator. She teaches modern and contemporary art history at the Bocconi University in Milan. She writes for ‘Artforum’; she worked as art editor for ‘Abitare’ (2006/2011), and is the author of a great number of publications, including She. La figura femminile nel lavoro di Adrian Paci (Johan&Levi, 2014); Alberto Garutti. Didascalia (Mousse/Koenig, 2012, ed. with Hans Ulrich Obrist); Castelli di Carte. La XIV Triennale di Milano (2011, Quodlibet); Being Cattelan (Abitare-RSC, 2011); Palais de Tokyo. Sito di creazione contemporanea (Postmediabooks, 2006).
Luigi Ontani is painter and sculptor, and for decades he has worked on the themes of the myth, the mask and the symbol in various forms. One of the most legendary yet least documented aspects of his activity is the work that he carries out in Bali, where he lives for several months each year. An exponent of body art, in the 1970s he undertook a major artistic research project, experimenting with a vast range of media (photography, painting, sculpture on various materials), using his own body to investigate the ambiguity and complexity of human nature. His works include the famous series of the so-called tableaux vivants, in which he played the two-sided role as both artist and model. His work has been featured in major national and international events as well as in numerous solo shows: Galleria d’arte moderna, Bologna (1990); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1996); Acquario Romano, Rome (2000); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001); Museo internazionale delle ceramiche, Faenza (2006); Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2007-08); Museo di Capodimonte, Naples (2010); Kunsthalle, Berne (2012); Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome (2014). Ontani has also taken part in various editions of the Venice Biennale (1978, 1986 and 1995).
Leoluca Orlando is an Italian politician and current Mayor of Palermo.
Paolo Ossola is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist specialised in anhedonia and cognition in mood disorders.
Leonardo Passarelli is an Italian art historian and journalist. He taught theory and techniques of visual communication on the Master in Media Studies of the Sacro Cuore University; at the same time, he served as an untenured professor teaching the course on the history of contemporary art at the University of Calabria in Cosenza.
Federico Patellani (1911 – 1977) was an Italian photographer. An eye-witness to Italian life thanks to photo series like Italia Magica, he produced many war reportages, such as the memorable series of images of Milan bombed in 1943 and the shots taken in Russia on the eastern front. In 1939, he began what was to be a long-standing collaboration with ‘Tempo’, the weekly magazine published by Alberto Mondadori, creating his fototesti (‘photo-texts’): major photo shoots featuring long captions written by Patellani himself. His link with cinema began with the production of the film Old-Fashioned World by Mario Soldati, and continued in 1953 as assistant director to Alberto Lattuada on She-Wolf. From the ancient European universities to the recently independent African states, from South America to the Islands of the Southern Seas, Patellani travelled the world on more than one occasion for his photo shoots with a decidedly journalistic nature, giving away precious little to the realm of folklore, published in ‘Epoca’, ‘La Domenica del Corriere’, ‘Successo’, ‘Storia Illustrata’, ‘Atlante’, ‘Tempo’ as well as numerous international magazines.
Matteo Pavesi is director general of the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana with which he began to collaborate in 1994, dealing with the Cinema Museum. Since 1999 he has managed the screening theatre of the Spazio Oberdan. He took part in the drafting of the book Un secolo di cinema a Milano (1996).
Diego Perrone lives and works in Milan, Italy. Solo exhibitions include: Massimo De Carlo, London, UK (2014), Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2013), Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2005). Group exhibitions include: Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (2015), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2014), 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (2009-2010), Kunstalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2009), Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2008) Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden (2008), Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2008), New Museum, New York, USA (2008), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2007), Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Swiss (2006), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2004), 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003), 4th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2006), 1st Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2005), 11th Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India (2005), Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2000).
Architect, artist and critic, professor of the History of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Florence and of Planning at California State University, Gianni Pettena belongs to the original group – along with Archizoom, Superstudio and UFO – of radical Italian architecture. Without denying his background in architecture, he was convinced of the need to rethink the meaning of the discipline, just like the other ‘radicals’, using the languages of ‘spatial’ research of Conceptual Art and American Land Art, instead of the traditional languages of architectural planning. This tendency emerges from the publication L’anarchitetto and from the performance-declaration Io sono la spia. As a critic and architectural historian, he readdressed the themes of ‘radicalism’ in the exhibition Radicals. Architettura e Design 1960-1975 at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 1996 and in the exhibitions Archipelago (1999) and Radical Design (2004). He has also written on funk architecture, on radicalism, on ‘spatial’ artistic research, as well as design and architecture.
Isabella Pezzini is a professor of semiotics at the Department of Sociology and Communication, at the La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.
Susan Philipsz won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2010 and has presented her installations at the Skulptur Projekte, Muenster (2007), at dOCUMENTA13, Kassel (2012) and at the 14th Istanbul Bienniale (2015). Susan Philipsz has gained widespread recognition throughout the international art world for the sharp execution of her works, unique in their genre, based on the rigorous analysis of the history, memory and traditions of a specific place that she then transposes into immaterial architectures, creating an introspective environment for the viewer. The universal narrative of loss, hope, and homecoming is conveyed through the reproduction of tunes and melodies that, blending with the genius loci, generate a subjective form of storytelling.
Tommaso Pincio is an Italian writer. In 2015 he won the SINBAD prize for independent publishers with the book Panorama.
Visual artist, Joanna Piotrowska lives and works in London. Selected forthcoming and recent exhibitions include Being: New Photography 2018, MoMA, New York, USA (March 2018); LASALLE, Singapore (November 2017); GAUDIOPOLIS, Off-Biennale, Budapest, Hungary (September 2017); Art Basel, Statements with Galeria Dawid Radziszewski, Basel, Switzerland (June 2017); These Rotten Words, Chapter Arts Centre Gallery, Cardiff, UK (March – June 2017); Room, Sadie Coles, London, UK and Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK (May – June 2017); Give Me Yesterday, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (December 2016 – April 2017); Frantic, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal (September 2016); Hester, Southard Reid, London, UK (February 2015); Jerwood/Photoworks Awards Exhibition, Jerwood Space, London, UK (November – December 2015); s.w.a.l.k, Project Space, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (September – January 2015); What’s love has to do with it, Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (July – September 2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK and Spike Island, Bristol, UK (September – November 2013); Family Politics, Jerwood Space, London, UK (November – December 2013). She has published Frowst (Mack, 2014).
Fabio Pupin is an Italian naturalist and photographer. He collaborates with MUSE, the Museum of Science in Trento, in the Tropical Biodiversity Department, carrying out herpetology research in East Africa.
Cristiano Raimondi is head of development and international projects at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, curator of the exhibition ‘Hercule Florence. Le Nouveau Robinson’.
Iolanda Ratti graduated in Art History in 2003 from the University of Milan, the year in which she began to collaborate with Milan City Council and in particular with the Museo del Novecento, of which she was to follow the various stages leading up to the opening in 2010. Her research focuses mainly on the media of contemporary art and both the theoretical and practical issues linked to its conservation, with particular reference to video installations and immaterial practices. Since 2013 she has worked as a freelance conservator at the HangarBicocca, Milan, and since 2009 she has collaborated with Iccrom on the SOIMA project (Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections).
Nuvola Ravera is an Italian artist. After gaining a diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Genoa, she explored various kinds of language including photography at the CFP Bauer in Milan and video at the Brera Academy and at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. The artist’s research starts out from her observation of childhood and adolescence, in a path linked to her own biography and the symbolic systems she references.
Antonio Ricci is the television director who started the satirical news program "Striscia la Notizia" in 1988.
Gianluigi Ricuperati is an Italian writer, essayist and editor. He collaborates with ‘La Repubblica’, ‘La Stampa’, ‘Abitare’, ‘Domus’, ‘GQ’, ‘Rivista Studio’ and ‘il Domenicale de Il Sole 24 Ore’. In 2011 his debut novel was released, Il mio impero è nell’aria, and in 2017 he published La scomparsa di me. He is also the creative director of the Domus Academy in Milan.
Marco Rinaldi is an Italian writer. He attended the Omero School of Writing in Rome and is the author of Non voglio bene a nessuno (Alter Ego Edizioni, 2016).
Iris Rochet-Lanchet is a young French artist who studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Lyon.
Antonio Rovaldi is an Italian artist whose research revolves around the relative themes and perceptions of places and landscapes, always showing the relationships between various media, such as photography, video, sculpture and drawing. Since 2006 Rovaldi has divided his time between Milan and New York. In 2016 he participated in Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, with the project Mo’dinna Mo’dinna, (I wanna go back home) and in Give Me Yesterday, at the Osservatorio Prada, Milan. His recent solo shows include that at the Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC, The Goma Madrid and the Museo MAN in Nuoro.
Alberto Saibene is the director of La ragazza Carla (2015), a short feature presented at the Milan Film Festival in 2015. Luca Bigazzi collaborated on the film as director of photography. He works as a consultant for the Hoepli publisher in Milan, and he has more than 15 television documentaries on culture to his name. He has written for radio (Radio Tre), and contributed to various publications like ‘Doppiozero’ and ‘Lo Straniero’. He writes essays on the relationship between history and culture in 20th-century Italy, and he has dealt with the history of the Olivetti company through exhibitions, radio broadcasts and the editing of L’Italia di Adriano Olivetti the collection of writings by Adriano Olivetti for the publisher Edizioni di Comunità.
Alberto Salvadori is the artistic director of the Museo Marino Marini in Florence. In 2016 he curated the project Decades for Miart, the contemporary art fair in Milan.
Graziano Savà is an Italian linguist specialised in the minority and endangered languages of Ethiopia. He documents and describes languages on the basis of his own fieldwork data.
Mario Sesti is an Italian director, journalist and cinema critic. He was one of the organisers of the first Rome film festival (2006), as coordinator of the scientific committee and manager of the section Il lavoro dell’attore. His main works include the film L’ultima sequenza on the alternative finale to the film 8½ by Federico Fellini, as well as his film essays on Pietro Germi, Nanni Moretti, Mimmo Calopresti and Jane Campion.
Salvatore Settis is an archaeologist and art historian who has been the director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He is chairman of the Louvre Museum’s Scientific Council. Settis is the author of several books on Archaeology, Heritage and landscape In Italy.
Roman Signer (1938 Appenzell, Switzerland) is best known for having defined a new concept of sculpture linked to process, transformation and movement. Signer creates installations as actions, experiments, almost always single-handedly, for which he exploits objects of everyday use, activated by gunpowder or natural forces, such as wind or water, in order to produce explosions and collisions, visually and emotionally intriguing, which interpret the empirical approach as an artistic challenge. He has participated in major international artistic exhibitions such as Documenta 8 in Kassel (1987), the Skulptur Projekte of Münster (1997) and the Shanghai Biennial (2012). In 1999, he represented Switzerland at the 48th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale. Recent personal exhibitions have been held at: Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht), Camden Arts Centre (London), OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst (Linz), Aargauer Kunsthaus (Aarau), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Swiss Institute (New York), Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (Mexico City), the Hangar à Bananes (Nantes), Kunsthalle of Mainz, Kunstmuseum (St. Gallen), Barbican Centre (London), and at the Kunsthaus Zug and Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris).
Giovanna Silva is an Italian photographer. She completed a degree course in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. She has always used photography for publishing purposes, initially for magazines and then for publications, up until the moment in which she founded her own publishing house, Humboldt Books, so as to be able to work with other photographers as a publisher. She sees photography as a tool with a narrative purpose, to be used to tell stories, preferably accompanied by texts. She is also one of the founders of the magazine San Rocco and is part of the Desertmed and 900 km Nile City collectives. She teaches photography at the NABA, Milan, and on the Master course in photography at the IUAV in Venice. She has published various books through both Italian and foreign publishers, including Mousse Publishing and Bedford Press. Her work has been presented in various international exhibitions like the Venice Architecture Biennale, Villa Romana in Florence, NGBK in Berlin, the MACRO in Rome, the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen and the Biennales of Istanbul and Thessaloniki.
Michele Smargiassi is an Italian journalist. After graduating in contemporary history from the University of Bologna with a thesis on the history of photography, in 1982 he joined the newspaper ‘L’Unità’, before moving to ‘La Repubblica’ in 1989, for which he also writes the blog entitled ‘Fotocrazia’.
Alessandra Spranzi lives in Milan, where she has taught photography at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera since 2009. Her exhibitions include: Sortilegio, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Pontault-Combault (2015); Maraviglia, P420, Bologna (2014); Opere e Progetti del Museo di Fotografia Contemporane, Milan Triennale (2014); Così accade, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2014); Arcade Gallery, London (2014); Highlights, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano (2014); Galleria Martano, Turin (2013); Lumpenfotografie, Galleria P420, Bologna (2013); Autoritratti. Iscrizioni al femminile nell’arte italiana contemporanea, MAMbo, Bologna (2013), and Richard Wentworth e Alessandra Spranzi, Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi, Milan (2012).
Susanne Stacher is a journalist and architecture critic. She won the Clemens Holzmeister architecture prize (Vienna) and has participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2007 she founded the architecture group OP.4 together with Guy Conand, Fabrizio Fiorentino and Laura Giovannetti.
Simon Starling attended Nottingham Polytechnic and the Glasgow School of Art. His work is in the permanent collections of distinguished museums, such as the Tate Modern, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Starling has had solo exhibitions at numerous international venues including Tate Britain (2013); the Power Plant, Toronto (2008); Städtischen Kunstmuseum zum Museum Folkwang, Essen (2007); Portikus, Frankfurt (2002); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2002); Kunstverein Hamburg (2001). In 2003, the artist represented Scotland at the 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale. In 2005 he won the Tate’s Turner Prize. Solo shows include Red, Green, Blue, Loom Music,Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (2016) and At Twilight: a play for two actors, one dancer, eight masks and a donkey costume, Common Guild, Glasgow (2016).
Robert Storr is an American curator, critic, artist, and writer. From 1990 to 2002 Storr was curator, then senior curator, in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. He was the first American commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2007.
Elisa Strinna is an Italian artist. After graduating in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, she completed her studies in Production and Planning of Visual Arts at the IUAV in Venice. Her work exploits sound and installation, exploring the way in which we structure our perception and our fields of knowledge. In 2012 she was invited to the Taipei Biennial 2012, Taiwan, and the Nature Addict Travelling Academy, Documenta, Kassel. In 2009 she followed the workshop held by the artist Peter Friedl at the Fondazione Spinola Banna, Poirino (province of Turin). In 2011 she was one of the winners of the 6ARTISTA Prize at the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere.
Anna Della Subin is a writer and contributing editor for the Middle East arts & culture magazine ‘Bidoun’. Her work has appeared in 'The London Review of Books', 'The New York Times', 'The New Yorker', 'BOMB', 'TANK', 'The White Review' and 'The Paris Review Daily'. She studied Philosophy at the University of Chicago and the History of Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
Padre Jean Michel de Tarragon manages the photography collection of the École Biblique in Jerusalem.
Pier Luigi Tazzi lives in Capalle and in NongPrue, Thailand. Curator and art critic, he has been president of the Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi Onlus since 1998.
Matteo Terzaghi is a writer and visual artist. His book, Ufficio proiezioni luminose, poised between fiction and essay-writing, won the Swiss Literature Prize in 2014. In 2015, on the occasion of Babel, the festival of literature and translation of Bellinzona, he dug into the time that remains prior to the cancellation of the regional railway lines, of the landscape of the gradual approach of the Gotthard Tunnel, and wrote L’anno del conto alla rovescia. His artistic works, produced in partnership with Marco Zurcher, have been awarded various national and international prizes.
Emanuele Trevi, writer, essayist and literary critic, is one of the most important yet unclassifiable authors on the Italian literary scene. Shortlisted for the Premio Strega 2012, Qualcosa di scritto – along with Il libro della gioia perpetua – is one of the volumes destined to stand out in 21st-century Italian literature. He is also the author of literary reportages on India (L’onda del porto) and reflections on the theme of the journey (Il viaggio iniziatico). He writes for the ‘Corriere della Sera’ newspaper.
Luca Trevisani works between Milan and Berlin. His artistic research ranges from sculpture to video, via the performing arts, graphics, design, cinema and architecture. A key feature of his works in instability: a magnetic and mutating evolutionary condition with which the artist stretches the limits between every single element of his work and the environment. Over the years he has displayed his work at the Marino Marini Museum of Florence (2014), the MAXXI in Rome (2012), the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin (2012), the Magasin in Grenoble (2011), the MART in Rovereto (2011), the Daimler Kunstsammlung in Berlin (2011), the Macro in Rome (2010), the MAMbo in Bologna (2009), the Museion in Bolzano (2008), the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (2008) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo (2007). He has also taken part in the International Venice Biennale of Architecture (2010, 2008) and in Manifesta 7, Trentino-Alto Adige (2008). He is the author of Grand Hotel et Des Palmes (Nero, 2015), Luca Trevisani (Snoeck, 2014), The Art of Folding for Young and Old (Cura Books, 2012). Glaucocamaleo, presented in 2013 at the International Film Festival in Rome, and in 2014 at the Marino Marini Museum in Florence, was his first feature-length film. In 2015, he won ArteVisione 2015 with the film Il Cerchio, screened on Sky Arte in collaboration with Careof and the Museo del Novecento in Milan.
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli lives and works in Rome. He has a degree in philosophy. His artistic practice is planning-oriented and consists of installations, performances and films. Among his recent exhibitions: Arimortis, Museo del 900, Milan, 2013; Reperti per il prossimo milione di anni, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, 2012; Re-Generation, MACRO, Rome, 2012; and Smeared with the Gold of the Opulent Sun, Nomas Foundation, Rome, 2012. In 2015, he made the documentary Fragment 53 with Federico Lodoli.
Elin Unnes is a Swedish journalist, music critic and writer. She has been a magazine editor for ‘Vice Scandinavia’ and ‘Rodeo’. The Secret Gardener is her first book, published in 2014.
Chiara Valerio has written novels and short stories such as A complicare le cose (2007), La gioia piccola d'esser quasi salvi (2009) and Spiaggia libera tutti (2010). She translated Virginia Woolf’s Flush (2012). She is the editor of ‘Nuovi Argomenti’ and writes for ‘L’Unità’, ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’ and ‘Glamour’.
Giorgio Vallortigara is a full professor of neurosciences and vice director of the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento. He has published scientific articles in international journals and a number of books of a popular nature: Altre Menti (Il Mulino, 2000), Cervello di gallina. Visite (guidate) tra etologia e neuroscienze, (Bollati-Boringhieri, 2005), winner of the Pace Prize for popular science in 2006.
Giorgio Vasta is the author of the novels Il tempo materiale (minimum fax, 2008, Premio Città di Viagrande 2010, Prix Ulysse du Premier Roman 2011, published in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the USA and the UK), Spaesamento (Laterza, 2010), and Presente (Einaudi, 2012, with Andrea Bajani, Michela Murgia and Paolo Nori). With Emma Dante he wrote the screenplay for the film Via Castellana Bandiera (2013). He contributes to ‘La Repubblica’, ‘Il Venerdì’, ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’ and ‘Il Manifesto’, and writes on the literary blog minimaetmoralia.com.
Chiara Vecchiarelli directed the exhibition and event programme of the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York, (2012-13). She was assistant art director for dOCUMENTA (13), in Kassel 2012. In 2015, she co-curated a section of the public programme of the 14th Istanbul Biennale. In 2017, she curated the Special Projects section of Artefiera Bologna. She collaborates as a critic and curator with Nero, Cura, Flash Art, Buchandlung Walther Koenig and Mousse Publishing.
Riccardo Venturi is a pensionnaire in history and theory of the arts at the Accademia di Francia – Villa Medici, Rome (2018-2019). He has published Mark Rothko. Lo spazio e la sua disciplina (Electa, 2007), Black paintings. Eclissi sul modernismo (Electa, 2008) and he recently co-curated, the retrospective ‘Francesco Lo Savio’ at the MART in Rovereto with Silvia Lucchesi and Alberto Salvadori. He contributes regularly to ‘Artforum’, ‘Alias – Il Manifesto’ (with the rubric entitled Cristalli Liquidi) and to www.doppiozero.com (Screen Tests blog).
Serena Vestrucci is an Italian artist who lives and works in Milan. After attending the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and the IUAV in Venice, she has taken part in various artist’s residencies both in Italy and abroad. Her solo shows include Tigre Contro Tigre, FuriniArteContemporanea, Rome (2012), Cose che si muovono nel crepaccio ad una lentezza tale da sembrare solo campate in aria, Il Crepaccio, Milan (2012), and I Eat Lunch Between Two Highways, Ottozoo, Milan (2013).
Enrique Vila-Matas (Barcelona, 1948) is considered one of the most important Spanish writers and one of the leading voices in European narrative, whose works are today translated into thirty languages. He trained in Paris in the 1970s alongside Marguerite Duras, and ever since then he has been experimenting with various literary forms, from the short story to the literary essay, and from the autobiography to the novel. His best-known books include: Doctor Pesavento (Anagrama, 2005), Exploradores del abismo (Anagrama, 2007) and Dublinesque (Seix Barral 2010, published in the UK by Harvill, 2012). Vila-Matas has been awarded various Italian literary prizes, such as the Grinzane, the Von Rezzori and the Mondello.
Paul Virilio is a philosopher, urbanist, and cultural theorist. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military.
Wu Ming is a pseudonym for a group of Italian authors formed in 2000 in Bologna. Wu Ming collective is best known in the world for the book "Q", translated in 18 Countries.
Derek Walcott was a Santa Lucia poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the Harvard University in the ’80s and the University of Essex (2010 – 2013).
Peter Weber lives between Zurich and Istanbul. His first novel, Der Wettermacher, was a literary sensation, welcomed first of all by Günter Grass. Among his titles are Banhofsprosa and Die melodielosen Jahre. Weber works as a musician as well, and has taken part in several experimental projects.
Rachel Withers holds degrees in Fine Art and Critical Studies and in the History of European Art and Architecture. Since the late 1990s she has been a frequent contributor to ‘Artforum International’. She has also written for ‘The Guardian’, ‘The New Statesman’ and ‘The Nordic Art Review’.
Jean Young wrote Letters from Iceland, published in 1992 by Birmingham University. The book brings together all the letters Jean Young sent to her family during her Icelandic stay. In these letters she also speaks about her meeting with ‘the poet from Oxford’: the young Auden.
Francesco Zanot is a curator at CAMERA (Italian Centre for Photography, Turin). He has worked for exhibitions and publications with some of the leading Italian and international photographers. He has curated monographs of artists such as Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma, Linda Fregni Nagler, Boris Mikhailov and Francesco Jodice. His most recent publications are dedicated to the work of Luigi Ghirri (The Complete Essays) and Alec Soth (Ping Pong Conversations). He is an associate editor at ‘Fantom’, a photography quarterly based in Milan and New York.
Li Zhenhua is a writer, curator, producer and artist living between Shanghai and Zurich. He is the founder of Laboratory Art Beijing and the Mustard Seed Garden. In 2010 he worked for the Shanghai eARTS Festival as chief planner.