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David Abulafia’s special interests lie in maritime history, particularly the history of maritime trade; another strong interest is medieval and Renaissance Italy, examined from a southern perspective; his maritime interests also include early encounters between Europeans and native peoples in the Atlantic. Challenging the methodology of the great French historian Fernand Braudel, his history of the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the present, The Great Sea: a Human History of the Mediterranean (Penguin, 2011), won the British Academy Medal and has been translated into twelve languages, with more on the way. Its successor, The Boundless Sea: a Human History of the Oceans (Penguin, 2019), was awarded the Wolfson History Prize in 2020, and both these books have received the Mountbatten Literary Award of the Maritime Foundation.
Agaaqtoq (Abraham Eetak) is a singer and songwriter who lives in Arviat, Nunavut, Canada. His debut album 'Agaaqtoq' was released in the summer of 2014.
Josef Albers (1888–1976) was a German artist, a member of the Bauhaus who then emigrated to the United States with the onset of Nazism. Best known as an abstract painter, he was in actual fact an eclectic artist, skilled in the handling of glass and metal, as well as in designing furniture and dealing with print processes. A major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1971) paid homage to a great ‘total’ artist – he also wrote books, articles and poems – who was also the teacher of Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg and the British graphic artist Alan Fletcher, among others.
Hamza Alioua grew up at the height of the music blog era and he experienced the Arab Spring uprisings in Morocco first hand. His work revolves around communal identities and border crossing in relation to music.
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.
Jaypeetee Arnakak is a writer, translator, blogger, and educator based in Rankin Inlet, Nunavik, Canada. After having a career for many years as a policy analyst specializing in Inuit culture, language, and education issues, he now works as a translator.
Shuvinai Ashoona is a visual artist, who lives in Kinngait, Nunavut, Canada. She works primarily with pen and ink, coloured pencils, and markers on paper, developing works that portray social interactions as well as encounters with otherworldly creatures. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally.
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).
Maan Abu Taleb is the founding editor of the influential Arabic-language online music magazine Ma3azef, and more recently a radio station. Abu Taleb’s debut novel, All the Battles (2016), was released in Arabic to critical and popular acclaim, and was then translated into English by Robin Moger (2017). His essay about Jerusalem, language and defeat, ‘A God Is All Over Me,’ appeared in The White Review (2018). His play The Congress has been performed in Brussels and Frankfurt. He teaches Narrative Essay-Writing at the Counter Academy for Arab Journalism: a one-year programme run by the Febrayer Network.
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).
Andrea Bagnato is head of publications for the first Sharjah Architecture Triennial. He also teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and the Architectural Association in London. Among his edited books are SQM: The Quantified Home (2014) and A Moving Border: Alpine Cartographies of Climate Change (2019). In parallel to his professional activity, he lectures and writes extensively about his long-term research project Terra Infecta, which concerns epidemics, architecture and ecology.
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.
Corrado Benigni has published the following books of poetry: Tempo riflesso (Interlinea, 2018), which won him the ‘Europa in versi’ Prize, and Tribunale della mente (Interlinea, 2012). In 2010, his anthology Giustizia was included in the Decimo Quaderno italiano di poesia contemporanea, published by Marcos y Marcos. His texts have been featured in various specialist journals both in Italy and abroad. At the Complesso Monumentale di Astino (Bergamo), he curated monographic shows on the works of Luigi Ghirri (2016), Mario Giacomelli (2017) and Franco Fontana (2018), the catalogues of which are published together under the title Trilogia del paesaggio (Silvana Editoriale). In 2019, he curated the exhibition on the work of the photographer Nino Migliori, which gave rise to the book Forme del vero (Silvana Editoriale). In 2020, he curated the exhibition Early Works 1980–1984 and edited the book of the same name on the work of Olivo Barbieri.
David Bennewith is a graphic designer who was born in New Zealand and is based in Amsterdam. Under the name Colophon, he carries out research and commissioned projects focused on type design and typography. He currently is the head of the graphic design department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.
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).
Neeraj Bhatia is principal of The Open Workshop, a design practice examining the project of plurality. He is also research director of The Petropolis of Tomorrow, which explores the relationship between urbanism and resource extraction, and Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts, where he directs the Urban Works Agency. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is co-editor of The Petropolis of Tomorrow (with Mary Casper, Actar, 2013), Bracket [Goes Soft] (with Lola Sheppard, Actar, 2013), Arium: Weather + Architecture (with Jürgen Mayer H., Hatje Cantz, 2009), and co-author of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling – Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (with InfraNet Lab, Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).
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).
Architect and writer. He teaches at the London School of Architecture and has taught at the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association. He writes about architecture in The Guardian, The Architectural Review, Vice, and Metropolis, among other publications
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.
Born in Ferrara, Vasco Brondi is a writer and singer-songwriter. He has released four studio albums: Canzoni da spiaggia deturpata (2010), Per ora noi la chiameremo felicità (2010), Costellazioni (2014) and Terra (2016), the collection 2008–2018 Tra la via Emilia e la Via Lattea (2018) and the EP C’eravamo abbastanza amati (2011). He has written songs for cinema and provided published works for soundtracks. In 2015 together with Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini he put his name to the text of the song L’estate addosso. He has published four books: Cosa racconteremo di questi cazzo di anni zero (2008, Baldini e Castoldi), the graphic novel Come le strisce che lasciano gli aerei (2010, Coconino/Fandango, illustrated by Andrea Bruno), Anime Galleggianti (2015, La Nave di Teseo, with Massimo Zamboni) and 2008–2018 Dieci anni tra la via Emilia e la Via Lattea (2018, La Nave di Teseo). During the winter between 2018 and 2019, with a tour held in various prestigious theatres, he closed the artistic project ‘Le luci della centrale elettrica’.
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 Copenhagen-based visual artist. She received her MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2006) and participated in The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York (2008–09). She is currently a Mads Øvlisen PhD fellow in artistic practice at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Copenhagen. In her PhD project, Sky Studies: Cosmic Code, Images, and Imaginaries, she studies depictions of space across astronomical, computational, aesthetic, and futurological realms. Her work has been shown at institutions such as the Pérez Art Museum; SculptureCenter; The Studio Museum, Harlem, USA; Bucharest Biennial 7, Romania; MSU Museum of Contemporary Art, Croatia; and Lunds Konsthall, Sweden. She is represented in collections such as the Hasselblad Foundation and Malmö Konstmuseum Sweden; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Photography; and Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark.
Interdisciplinary designer and researcher, focused on artificial intelligence and the way it can operate in the field of art and design.
Doctor of Sciences in History, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Urban technologist, artist, and co-founder of the collaborative design studio Heat Island.
Mario Calabresi is an Italian journalist and writer, and has been director of the newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ since January 2016.
Giovanna Calvenzi is photoeditor and contributes to several Italian periodicals. Since 2012 she has been an image consultant for Periodici San Paolo. She teaches photo-editing and studies contemporary photography.
Italo Calvino (Cuba, 1923 – Siena, 1985), after finishing his studies and fighting with the Resistance in Liguria, graduated with a degree in Arts from Turin University. From 1947 to 1983 he worked in a variety of capacities for the Einaudi publishing house. He lived in Sanremo, Turin, Paris and, from 1980, Rome. A contributor to newspapers and magazines, he co-edited Il menabò di letteratura with Elio Vittorini. His works include: The Path to the Nest of Spiders (1947; English trans. 1957), Ultimo viene il corvo (1949), The Cloven Count (1952; 1960), Italian Folktales (1956; 1980), The Baron in the Trees (1957; 1959), I racconti (1958), The Nonexistent Knight (1959; 1962), Marcovaldo or the Seasons in the City (1963; 1983), Cosmicomics (1965; 1968), t zero (1967; 1969), Invisible Cities (1972; 1974), If on a winter’s night a traveler (1979; 1981), Mr. Palomar (1983; 1985), Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1988).
Giorgio Andreotta Calò (b. Venice 1979) is an Italian artist who lives and works between his homeland and Holland. Walking, understood as a gesture both real and symbolic, political and aesthetic, is a fundamental element in the artist’s practice, actually becoming the artwork. Giorgio Andreotta Calò studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and the Kunsthochschule in Berlin. In 2008 he moved to Holland where he was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2009–2011). In 2011 he participated in the 54th Venice Biennale directed by Bice Curiger with the work Ritorno (Return): a 1200-km journey on foot from Amsterdam to Venice. In 2012 he won the Italian Contemporary Art Prize promoted by the Museo MAXXI in Rome, and in 2013 he won the New York Prize, a grant sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2017 he was one of the three artists chosen to represent Italy at the 57th Venice Biennale. That same year his project Anastasis won the Italian Council competition, promoted by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – MiBACT, for the execution of a monumental installation that was presented in 2018 at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. In 2019, Pirelli HangarBicocca devoted an important retrospective to the artist.
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).
Mattia Capelletti is a doctoral student in Cultural Studies at the University of Palermo, as well as a writer and independent curator based in Turin. Interested in sound and the human voice, he has investigated its aesthetics and politics across different theories and disciplines. Together with the artist Costanza Candeloro, he runs Idioletta: a project aimed at fostering ‘borderline’ literary and oral practices. With Simone Bertuzzi, he co-edits Palm Wine: a website dedicated to post-global sound cultures.
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.
Lisetta Carmi is “a wandering soul:” concert pianist, traveller and founder of a meditation community in Apulia, she was also a freelance photographer who, in her works of documentation and social condemnation, anticipated a great deal of ‘real-life’ photography of the 1970s. Over recent years, major retrospectives of her work have been held, including that in Palazzo Ducale in Genoa.
He served as editor in chief of Linus and has devised several Italian television programmes, such as Le invasioni barbariche and Lessico famigliare. He writes for various publications, including Il Post, Il Tascabile, cheFare and minima&moralia, and has published the books I figli delle stelle. Cronache di un raduno raeliano (Baldini+Castoldi, 2014); Teneri violenti (Einaudi Stile Libero, 2016), and L’età della Tigre (Il Saggiatore, 2019).
Carlos Casas is a filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses film, sound and the visual arts. His films have been screened and have won him awards at festivals around the world, such as the Venice Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, CPH DOX Copenhagen, FID Marseille, etc… Retrospectives of his films have been presented at festivals and film archive screenings in Madrid, Mexico and Brussels, while his work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions and galleries such as the Tate Modern in London, Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou in Paris, NTU CCA Singapore, HangarBicocca, and La Triennale in Milan, CCCB Barcelona, Matadero Madrid, GAM Torino, Bozar, and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, among others.
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’.
Daniele Caspar Gasparinetti is co-founder of Xing, a cultural organization based in Bologna, operating with the purpose of planning, supporting and promoting products and events characterized by an interdisciplinary approach toward the issues of contemporary culture.
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.
Francesco M. Cataluccio studied philosophy and then spent a long time wandering around Poland and Central Europe. He has curated the works of Witold Gombrowicz and Bruno Schulz. His books include: Immaturità. La malattia del nostro tempo (Einaudi, 2004; 2014); Vado a vedere se di là è meglio (Sellerio, 2010); Chernobyl (Sellerio, 2011); L’ambaradan delle quisquiglie (Sellerio, 2012); La memoria degli Uffizi (Sellerio, 2013); In occasione dell’epidemia (Casagrande, 2020). He contributes to Il Foglio, Il Post and doppiozero.
Freelance research-led industrial designer based between The Netherlands and Italy.
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.
Iain Chambers has taught Cultural, Postcolonial and Mediterranean Studies at the ‘Orientale’ University of Naples. Among his many publications are: Urban Rhythms: Pop Music and Popular Culture (1985); Migrancy, Culture, Identity (1994); Mediterranean Crossings. The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (2008); Mediterraneo Blues. Musiche, malinconia postcoloniale, pensieri marittimi (2020); and with Marta Cariello, La questione mediterranea (2019).
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.
Architect and external lecturer at the Institute of Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Louis Chude-Sokei’s work includes the award-winning, The Last Darky (2006); The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016) and the acclaimed memoir Floating in a Most Peculiar Way (2021). He is Editor in Chief of The Black Scholar, one of the oldest and leading journals on Black Studies in the United States, and Professor of English and Director of African American Studies at Boston University. Chude-Sokei is also founder of the international sonic art/archiving project, Echolocution, and a curator of Carnegie Hall’s 2022 Afrofuturism Festival.
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.
Alessandra Ciucci is Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Columbia University. Her articles have appeared in Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Mondi Migranti; Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, Ethnomusicology Forum and The Journal of North African Studies. She is the author of multiple entries on Morocco in the SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, and she has contributed chapters to a number of volumes. Her book The Voice of the Rural: Music, Poetry, and Masculinity among Migrant Moroccan Men in Umbria (Chicago University Press) examines the role of rurality through sound in the contemporary experiences of migrant Moroccan men in Italy.
Katrine Clante is an illustrator who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her graphic novels for young readers, Pssst! (2013) and Hjertestorm/Stormhjerte (2016), written by Annette Herzog, are published in Danish, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Italian editions, and have each received a number of national and international prizes.
Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in New York, also known for his work as DJ /rupture. He is the author of Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and was awarded a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant to support Behold the Monkey: his upcoming book on contemporary art, faith and social media. Clayton is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University and Interim Director of the Sound Arts Program. Clayton has performed in over three dozen countries, both solo and as the director of large ensemble performances. Since 2018, his work has been exhibited internationally.
Graphic designer and art director based in Milan.
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).
photographer, from 2000 to 2009 he was a member of the Grazia Neri agency. Over the same period, for the NGO COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale, he produced photographic campaigns in Bangladesh and Romania. In 2015, he worked with the chef Massimo Bottura at the Refettorio Ambrosiano on the book Bread is Gold: Extraordinary Meals with Ordinary Ingredients (Phaidon, 2017).
Curator and producer, focusing her practice on interdisciplinarity at the intersection of art and science. Co-founder of Ohme and Saloon Brussels.
Daniela Comani lives and works in Berlin. Her multimedia installations engage in a dialogue about history, identity, gender and alienation. Her work focuses on media images and language which she manipulates through photography, text-based works and installation. Often working with materials from newspapers, books, television and the internet, she challenges foreignness and intimacy, history and interpretation. Her works are frequently published as artist books, and function as art pieces that she conceives and designs, working with Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich; Archive Books, Berlin, among others.
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.
Keren Cytter (Tel Aviv 1977), is an Israeli visual artist and writer living in New York. In particular, she creates films and video suites that adopt a nonlinear narrative to represent social realities. The artist specifically plays with the notion of the real and the fictitious, using nonprofessional actors and balancing her work between performance and theatre. Language plays a central role in her work, with plot lines and structure influenced by the formal devices of poetry. In addition to her video and performance work, Cytter is also a critically acclaimed writer: she has published three novels and poems as well as excerpts from her diary. Selected solo exhibitions of Cytter’s work include that at Museion, Bolzano (2019); SCHLOSS, Oslo (2017); Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2015), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2014); Tate Modern Oil Tanks, London (2012).
Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein are full professors of architecture and design at ETH Zurich and the founding partners of the international practice Christ & Gantenbein. The academic studio cares for the essence of architectural form and previously edited the two monographs Typology: Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Buenos Aires (2012) and Typology: Paris, Delhi, São Paulo, Athens (2015) which are rich sourcebooks on building typology in eight metropolises.
Louis De Belle was born in Milan in 1988. He studied at the Politecnico di Milano (BA) and Bauhaus – Universität Weimar (MFA). His projects have been published by newspapers and websites including The Washington Post, Libération, WIRED and The Independent. He published Failed Dioramas (LUCIA Verlag, 2015), Besides Faith (2016) and Disappearing Objects (bruno, 2018). The series Cartographies was featured by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck in the 2017 edition of Bystander: A History of Street Photography and exhibited at KINDL Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Tiane Doan na Champassak (1973) is a French visual artist of Asian origin. In the last fifteen years, he has developed a complex body of work infusing his own photographic production with techniques of appropriation, variation, re-use and repetition. Champassak subjects materials from the internet, personal memorabilia, vernacular photography and magazine cuttings to a large variety of processes linked to the conceptual arsenal of postmodernism, challenging themes such as sexuality, gender identity and censorship.
Brenda Danilowitz has been an art historian and chief curator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation since 1999. She taught art history in her native South Africa, at Yale University and the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut before being appointed curator at the Albers Foundation in 1989. She serves as the primary access point to the Foundation’s archives and art collection. Exhibitions include Josef Albers (Chinati Foundation, Marfa TX 1991), Josef y Anni Albers: Viajes por Latinoamérica (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 2006), Josef Albers: Process and Printmaking (Museo Juan March, Mallorca 2014), and Anni Albers (David Zwirner Gallery, NY 2020). She has published numerous articles and essays on the Alberses. Books include The Prints of Josef Albers: A Catalogue Raisonné 1915–1976 (Hudson Hills Press, 2001), and with Frederick A. Horowitz, To Open Eyes: Josef Albers at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale (Phaidon, 2006).
Researcher and co-founder of Hors Pistes, a nomadic residency program that initiates designer-crafter encounters.
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).
Louis-Jacques Dorais has been visiting Canadian, Greenlandic, and Alaskan Inuit communities since 1965, conducting research on the semantics and sociolinguistics of the Inuit language. Dorais taught Anthropology at Université Laval (Quebec City) from 1972 to 2011. His publication The Language of the Inuit. Syntax, Semantics, and Society in the Arctic (2010) was awarded the Canada Prize in the Humanities.
Alessandra Di Maio teaches English and African Literature at the University of Palermo, Italy. She divides her time between Italy and the US, where she has taught at several academic institutions (UCLA, CUNY Brooklyn College, Columbia and Smith College). Currently she is a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. A scholar of literature from Africa and the Diaspora, her area of research includes visual, migratory, and gender studies, with a particular attention to the formation of national and transnational cultural identities. Her formulation of the ʻBlack Mediterraneanʼ has been central to her research and field activities in the past years.
Nathalie Du Pasquier (Bordeaux 1957) has lived in Milan since 1979. She has worked as a designer (Memphis) and since 1987 painting has been her main activity. She regularly exhibits her work; recent solo exhibitions include those at Kunsthalle Vienna (2016), ICA Philadelphia (2017), Camden Arts Centre (2017), Macro Roma (2021). With Humboldt Books, she has published Gabon 1977/Un Don Juan chez les gendarmes (2018), The Strange Order Of Things (2019), Campo di Marte (2020).
Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Victoria Easton is an architect, associate of Christ & Gantenbein since 2012. Within the firm Easton manages projects and studies, and heads the publications and exhibitions department. She is engaged in teaching (EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, Harvard GSD), research and writing. From 2010 to 2015, Easton led the research project “Typology” at ETH Zurich, which resulted in two publications. In 2016, she curated the exhibition “The Books of the Architecture of the City” at the Istituto Svizzero Milano and the EPF Lausanne. As an author, she regularly contributes to various architectural magazines and monographs such as Documents on Raphael (2021). She has been a member of the Swiss Federal Art Commission since 2017 and is on the jury of the Swiss Art Awards.
Fredrik Ehlin is a writer and editor who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He has mainly worked in collaborative publishing projects that derive their methods at the intersection between art, literature and philosophy. He is currently the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.
Associate professor of Computer Science at the American University of Beirut.
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).
Everything is a design studio at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. The studio was founded in 2019 and is led by Kersten Geers, Fabrizio Ballabio, Jelena Pancevac and Guido Tesio.
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).
Milovan Farronato (Borgonovo Val Tidone, Piacenza, 1973. He lives and works in Milan and London). He is director and curator of the Fiorucci Art Trust, for which he has developed a number of projects, festivals and exhibitions. In 2019 he curate the Italian Pavilion at the 58th Biennale in Venice.
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.
Gustave Flaubert (Rouen, 1821 – Croisset, 1880) stands among the very greatest of French writers. We might say he lived his entire life in Croisset, near Rouen, faithfully following the discipline of a wholly inner life, in a passionate quest for elevation and artistic creation. His outer life was somewhat lacking in events: a trip to Brittany (1847); a long journey to the Orient (1849–1851); a number of winter stays in Paris (from 1857); the love of a muse, Louise Colet (1846–1855); the death of his mother; the financial collapse of his niece, and the ensuing economic hardship. His biography is basically the story of his masterpieces. On returning from his Oriental travels in the company of Maxime Du Camp, he wrote Madame Bovary (1857), the novel that would make him famous and lead him to be tried for immorality: a trial which would come to an end with his absolution. In 1867, he returned once more to his youthful project of Sentimental Education (1869), a work that would mark the full maturity of his genius.
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.
For more than four decades of dedication to photography, Joan Fontcuberta has developed both artistic and theoretical work that focuses on the conflicts between nature, technology, photography, and truth. Lately, he has been exploring the new visual culture under the impact of digital tools and artificial intelligence.
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.
Raffaella Frascarelli is founder and scientific director of Nomas Foundation. She holds a PhD in Religious Sciences and Systems of Thought at EPHE Paris and L’Orientale Naples. She co-directs the Laboratory of the Unit of Research Aesthetics in the Social at DiSSE Sapienza University of Rome. She is the editor of the study the Art Market and the Sociocultural Space, Economia della Cultura XXX.2 (2020). Among her research on the relationship between contemporary aesthetics and antiquity Par tibi, Roma, nihil (2016) and for Maria Eichhorn’s Rose Valland Institute at Documenta 14, the study on the looting of Library of the Jewish Community of Rome ‘Books are Made for Use, not to be Hidden Away’ Sefer Ḥasidim. The Case of the Jewish Library of Rome (2021).
Kelly Fraser was a singer and songwriter, originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut. Fraser’s music is rooted in Inuit culture and politics, as in her song Fight for the Rights, which encouraged voters to come out for the Land Claims referendum of 2017.
Mia Fuller is a cultural anthropologist and urban-architectural historian whose research concerns the interplays of physical space with political power. Combining fieldwork with archival and bibliographic research, she has published extensively on architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies, winning an International Planning History Society book prize for Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism. Fuller’s research has been supported by fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center and the National Science Foundation. Besides her position at Berkeley, in the US she has taught at the University of Louisville, Rice University, and Stanford University. In Europe, she has taught at the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt and been a scholar in residence the Swiss Institute in Rome.
Hamish Fulton (1946) began his career at the end of the 1960s, defining himself as a ‘walking artist’ in order to distinguish his work from the practices of Land Art which it had initially been likened to. His is an experiential art, one which feeds off the places visited on foot in natural settings (especially those of the mountainside) from Europe to South America, and from Tibet to Japan. Starting from the 1990s, a part of his work shifted towards a participatory dimension, finalised towards the sharing of the walking experience, and which has since also been applied and developed in urban contexts.
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).
Luca Galofaro is associated professor at University of Camerino. Founding member of IaN+ (1997–2015) and LGSMA, he is a member of the CAMPO research collective. He was co-curator of the first and second Architecture Biennale in Orléans at the FRAC Centre, Val de Loire. Awarded the gold medal of Italian architecture in 2006, he was selected for the Iakov Cernikhov Prize 2010, and was a finalist at the Aga Khan Award in 2013. A visiting professor at the UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Confluence in Lyon, Cornell University in Rome Program and the Kent State University in Florence Program. He obtained a master’s degree in Spatial Science at the International Space University, UAH Huntsville, USA. He is the author of four of the books in Bruno Zeviʼs Universale dʼArchitettura series, and of Artscapes. Art as an Approach to Contemporary Landscape (Gustavo Gili, 2003), Aristide Antonas (Libria, 2014), An Atlas of Imagination (DAMDI, 2015), Manthey Kula (Libria, 2016), Marcher dans le rêve dʼun autre (Les presses du réel, 2017), and Years of Solitude (Les presses du réel, 2019).
Francesco Garutti (1979, Milan) is contemporary art and architecture curator and editor.
Miles Gertler is an architect, artist and educator. He is represented as a visual artist by Corkin Gallery and is the recipient of the Suzanne K Underwood Prize and the Henry Adams AIA Certificate from Princeton University. He received an MArch from Princeton and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo, and serves on the board of directors at Mercer Union in Toronto. Gertler co-founded the design-research office Common Accounts with Igor Bragado in 2015. Their projects examine the intersections of the body with architecture both online and IRL. They are recognised for their work in design for death and the virtual afterlife, including Three Ordinary Funerals, a prototypical funeral home produced for the 2017 Seoul Biennial on Architecture and Urbanism, now in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea (MMCA).
Born in 1980 and raised in Tehran, Iran, Sheida Ghomashchi works as an independent curator in Milan, Italy. She has been part of various projects including: co-curator of the “Dixit Algorizmi” Exhibition, CCA, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; fellow at Floating University, Forensic Architecture Group, Berlin, Germany; curator of “Archive Alive!,” the exhibition featuring Ramak Fazel, Kandovan, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran; foreign editor for Tarikh Irani Magazine, Tehran, Iran; fellow of IdeasCity – Detroit, New Museum of New York, USA; researcher on the Urban Research programme, Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany; artist in residence in Group Affinity, Slavs and Tatars project, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich, Germany.
Algorithms engineer developing novel algo- rithms for inferring contextual information about user behaviour using various data sensors of smartphones.
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’, to ‘Internazionale’ and "Il Foglio".
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.
Stathis Gourgouris is a poet, essayist, translator and sound artist who teaches at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University. His most recent book is The Perils of the One (Columbia UP, 2019). He is a member of the Sublamental Artists Collective and his musical compositions, under the name Count G, can be found at: countg.bandcamp.com.
Stefano Graziani is the author of: Carnac or les Alignements, a+mbookstore, 2018; Questioning Pictures, Fondazione Prada, 2017; Nature Morte, Fictions and Excerpts, Mazzoli, 2016; Fruits and Fireworks, a+mbookstore, 2016; Proofs of Relevance, in AP164: Abalos Herreros, CCA/Park Books, 2016; Under the Volcano and Other Stories, Mazzoli, 2009; Taxonomies, a+mbookstore, 2007; he also edited the volume Jeff Wall, Gestus. Scritti sullʼarte e la fotografia, Quodlibet, 2013. He is co-founder of the magazines San Rocco and Genda, and collaborates with various architecure studios: Baukuh, Christ & Gantenbein, Office KGDVS, PioveneFabi, Studio Mumbai, 51N4E and Kuehn Malvezzi. He teaches on the Master in Photography course at the IUAV in Venice, at the NABA in Milan, and at the Freie Universität in Bolzano.
Antonio Grulli (La Spezia 1979), is an art critic and independent curator living in Bologna, where he is in charge of the contemporary art activities of Palazzo Bentivoglio (www.palazzobentivoglio.org). Over the years he has written for Flash Art, Mousse Magazine, Cura Magazine, ATP Diary, Artribune, Boite, Exibart and Arte e Critica.
Daniel Blanga Gubbay is a Brussels-based curator and researcher. Since 2018, he has served as artistic co-director of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. He has worked as an educator and independent curator in performances and public programmes. He has also served as co-curator for LiveWorks, and between 2015 and 2018 as head of the Department of Arts and Choreography (ISAC) of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. He graduated with Giorgio Agamben from IUAV University in Venice, and he holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Palermo and Valencia. Recent articles of his have been featured in South as a State of Mind (Athens), Mada Masr مدى مصر (Cairo) and Performance Journal (New York).
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.
Ayesha Hameed is currently a Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London. Recent exhibitions include Liverpool Biennale (2021), Gothenburg Biennale (2019, 2021), Lubumbashi Biennale (2019) and Dakar Biennale (2018). She is co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater, 2017) and co-author of Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Sternberg/MIT, 2021).
Dehlia Hannah holds a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University with areas of specializations in philosophy of science and aesthetics. She is a curator and Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellow in Art and Natural Sciences at the Department of Chemistry and Biosciences, Aalborg University-Copenhagen.
Carlos Hawthorn is a music journalist living in London. Since 2013, he has been part of the editorial team at leading electronic music magazine Resident Advisor, where he is currently News Editor. He has covered nightlife in Ibiza, Berlin and London extensively, reviewed festivals all over the world and written several long-form profiles and features.
Ida Marie Hede is a writer, critic and educator. She holds an MRes in Art History from the University of Copenhagen and Goldsmiths College, London, and a degree from the Danish Academy of Creative Writing in Copenhagen. She has published seven books, most recently Bedårende (Gladiator Press).
Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at TU Delft. She has published widely in the field of architectural, urban, and planning history, tying historical analysis to contemporary development. Among other major grants, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on the global architecture of oil and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to investigate large-scale urban transformation in Hamburg between 1842 and 2008. Her current research interests include the transmission of architectural and urban ideas, focusing specifically on port cities. She curated “Oildam: Rotterdam in the Oil Era 1862–2016” at Museum Rotterdam and serves as IPHS editor for Planning Perspectives and as Asia book review editor for Journal of Urban History.
Stefan Helmreich is Professor of Anthropology at MIT. He is the author of Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas (University of California Press, 2009) and Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond (Princeton University Press, 2016). His essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Representations, American Anthropologist, and The Wire.
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.
Jan Olaf Härter holds a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. He is Associate Professor and head of the Atmospheric Complexity group at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University, Denmark.
Michael Höpfner (1972) lives between Vienna and Berlin. His work revolves around the journey on foot, through deserted or barely inhabited areas from Ukraine to China, and from Kirghizstan to South Korea. His is a path that began as a physical and mental exploration of geographical spaces and which then continued as a reflection on the very concepts of reality and place.
Invernomuto is the name of the artistic duo founded in 2003 by Simone Bertuzzi (Piacenza, 1983) and Simone Trabucchi (Piacenza, 1982). Invernomuto has authored research projects giving rise to interconnected cycles of works; it reasons in an open and rhizomatic manner, leading to various kinds of output: moving images, sound, performances and publishing projects. Reality is observed from a documentary stance, with a view to yielding a representation of it in almost abstract image terms, thereby fuelling critical reflections. Among recent exhibitions: Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (2022); VOID Gallery, Londonderry (2022); Liverpool Biennial 2021, Liverpool (2021); 58th October Salon – Belgrade Biennial 2021, Belgrade (2021); and Pompeii Commitment, Pompeii (2022). Their work has also been presented at the 58th Venice Biennale; at the Tate, London; and at Manifesta 12, Palermo.
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.
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin is an architect, researcher, and educator. She is Assistant Professor in Urban Design and Head of the Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. Her research focuses on the relation between landscape architecture, infrastructure, and urban form. Her current projects deal with the changing nature of the territorial project, addressing extreme weather and resource scarcity. She is committee member of the International Water Association and serves as reviewer for several water journals. Her work has been funded internationally and exhibited at the 2002 and 2018 Venice Biennales and 2013 São Paulo Biennale. Her upcoming books are Bio-Territoriality: The Architecture and Politics of Urban Nature, and Adaptation by Design (with Filippo LaFleur).
Architect and filmmaker currently based in Berlin.
Hamed Khosravi is an architect, researcher, and educator, currently teaching at the Architectural Association. His research and projects focus on the history and theory of architecture and urban form in relation to territorial organizations and political decisions. His works have been exhibited internationally at the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennales, 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, as well as at the Dallas Museum of Art, Maxxi Museum, Triumph Gallery, and Anise Gallery. His writings include “The Nomos of the Sea” (2018), “Inhabitable Walls” (2016), and “Geopolitics of Tabula Rasa” (2014), among others. He was co-author of Tehran: Life Within Walls (Hatje Cantz, 2018) and his upcoming books are The Elusive Modernist and Wake Up! An anthology of Bidari-e Ma.
Architect and writer currently collaborating with FormaFantasma in Milan.
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).
Filippo LaFleur has been a researcher and teacher at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft since 2015. He is responsible for research within the Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group, specifically within the framework of the Transitional Territories graduation studio and DIMI Delft Deltas Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative project, “NEXT / EXTREME – Constructed Natures.” Prior to this, from 2015–17, he was principal investigator for the interdisciplinary project “Intelligent SubSurface.” His interests lie at the intersection between landscape, urbanism, and ecology with regard to spatial and temporal transformations of both land and maritime landscapes. Through projects he investigates interrelations between natural processes, societal practices, and (geo-)political dynamics, with a strong emphasis on the agency of spatial interventions and on the role of representation and design as research instruments.
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.
Jesse LeCavalier is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). He is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. LeCavalier was the recipient of the 2015 New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. His project Shelf Life was one of five finalists for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.
Michel Leiris (Paris, 1901-1990) was a poet, writer, ethnographer and friend of the greatest artists and writers of his day. In 1924 he took part in the Surrealist movement, though he would sever contact with it five years later. From 1930 he began to focus on writing, and from 1934 he worked as an ethnographer at the Musée de l’Homme, a profession which led him to undertake long journeys to Africa, the West Indies, China and Cuba. He was a member of the Collège de Sociologie, and in 1946 he became the editor of Les temps modernes. In 1952 he received the ‘Prix des Critiques’ and in 1980 he refused the ‘Grand Prix national des Lettres’. Today L’Afrique fantôme has classic status today, being included in the ‘Pléiade’ series. Among his books translated into English: L’Âge d’homme (1939; Manhood, University of Chicago Press, 1992), Nuits sans nuit et quelques jours sans jour (1961; Nights as Day, Days as Night, The Eridanos Library, 1987), Le ruban au cou d’Olympia (1981; The Ribbon at Olympia’s Throat, Semiotexte/Smart Art, 2019) and La Règle du jeu (1948–1991; The Rules of the Game, Paragon House, 1991).
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.
Andrea Lissoni is artistic director at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, former Senior Curator of International Art (Film) at the Tate Modern, London. At the Tate Modern, he launched an annual Cinema Programme conceived as an exhibition unfolding throughout the year. He also curated the major survey exhibition Joan Jonas (2018), the Turbine Hall commission by Philippe Parreno (2016), and the live programme for the opening of the new building (2016). In 2018, he co-curated The Sound of Screens Imploding, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Geneva/Turin. In 2012, he co-founded Vdrome, an online cinema for artists and filmmakers. Previously, he was curator at HangarBicocca, Milan (2009–13) and co-director of the international festival Netmage in Bologna.
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.
He graduated in philosophy with a thesis on the philosophy of language, concerning Furio Jesi and right-wing culture. He contributes to various cultural journals, and has served as online editor for Nuovi Argomenti and Dude Magazine. He is the author of La guerra dei meme (Effequ, 2017).
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.
Marco Lupo was born in Heidelberg and lives in Turin. He’s part of the writers collective TerraNullius. In 2019 he won the Campiello Opera Prima prize with the book Hamburg, published by Il Saggiatore.
Born in 1981, Luca Lo Pinto is the Artistic Director of MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. From 2014 until 2019 he worked as curator of Kunsthalle Wien. He is co-founder of the magazine and publishing house NERO. At Kunsthalle Wien he organized solo exhibitions of Nathalie Du Pasquier, Camille Henrot, Olaf Nicolai, Pierre Bismuth, Babette Mangolte, Charlemagne Palestine and the group exhibitions Time is Thirsty; Publishing as an artistic toolbox: 1989-2017; More than just words; One, No One and One Hundred Thousand; Individual Stories and Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality. Other curatorial projects include Io, Luca Vitone (PAC); 16th Art Quadriennale (Palazzo delle Esposizioni); Le Regole del Gioco (Achille Castiglioni Studio-Museum); Trapped in the closet (Carnegie Library/FRAC Champagne Ardenne), Antigrazioso (Palais de Toyko); Luigi Ontani (H.C. Andersen Museum); D’après Giorgio (Giorgio de Chirico Foundation, Rome); Conversation Pieces (Mario Praz Museum). He has written for many catalogues and international magazines. He edited the book “Documenta 1955-2012. The endless story of two lovers” and artist books by Olaf Nicolai, Luigi Ontani, Emilio Prini, Alexandre Singh, Mario Garcia Torres and Mario Diacono. In 2014 he published a time capsule publication titled 2014.
A writer, translator and associate professor of French literature at Roma Tre University. He has published six books of poetry, brought together in the volume Le cavie (Einaudi, 2018); a pamphlet in verse, Il commissario Magrelli (Einaudi, 2018); as well as a cycle of four prose texts, which came to an end with Geologia di un padre (Einaudi, 2013). His studies include Profilo del Dada (Laterza, 2019). He is the author of Millennium poetry. Viaggio sentimentale nella poesia italiana (Mulino, 2015); Che cos’è la poesia? (Giunti 2013); Magica e velenosa. Scrittori stranieri a Roma (Laterza, 2010); Il Sessantotto realizzato da Mediaset (Einaudi, 2011), and Sopruso: istruzioni per l’uso (Einaudi, 2019). In 2002, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei awarded him the Premio Feltrinelli prize for Italian poetry.
Enzo Mari is an Italian designer, graphic designer, illustrator and artist. His works range from design to painting, from graphics to gallery displays. He was both a teacher and a political activist. His works have been featured at the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale, the Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin, the MIC in Faenza, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and the MoMA in New York. He was awarded the Golden Compass in 1986, a form of acknowledgement he had already been given in 1967 and 1979, as well as the International Design Center Prize in 1987 in New York. In 2008, the GAM in Turin dedicated a retrospective solo show to his work. Among his more recent writings, we might note: Progetto e passione (2001), La valigia senza manico (2004) and 25 modi per piantare un chiodo (2011). In 2020, a major retrospective at the Milan Triennale is foreseen.
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.
photographer, graduated in architecture from the IUAV University of Venice, where she studied photography with Guido Guidi. Her work has been exhibited in in Italy at the Triennale di Milano, MAXXI and MACRO in Rome, the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia and Viasaterna Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea in Reggio Emilia, the Fondazione Francesco Fabbri in Treviso; and abroad at Die Photograpische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Galerie f5.6, Munich, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Copenhagen, the Istituto internazionale di Architettura i2A, Lugano, and Breadfield, Malmö.
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).
Giovanni Battista Martini graduated in architecture, he deals with the archives of Florence Henri, Lisetta Carmi and the photographic works of César Domela. He collaborates as a curator with various museums and other institutions.
Francesco Marullo is an architect and educator. He holds a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from TU Delft. A founding member of the research collective The City as a Project, his work focuses on the relations between architecture, labor, and the space of production. Marullo is currently Assistant Professor at the UIC School of Architecture in Chicago and previously taught at TU Delft, Berlage Center, and Rotterdam Architecture Academy while collaborating with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the Urban Planning Department of RomaTre University, and DOGMA architects. His research has been featured in numerous architectural publications (Log, Volume, OASE, San Rocco, Flatout) and international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Oslo Triennale, and Lisbon Triennale. He co-edited The Architecture of Logistics (Footprint, TU Delft 2018), co-authored the book Tehran: Life Within Walls (Hatje Cantz, 2018), and contributed to the recent volumes Into the Wide Open (dpr-barcelona, 2017), Counter-Signals (Other Forms, 2018), and Work, Body, Leisure (Hatje Cantz, 2018).
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).
Ania Mauruschat is an independent journalist, scholar, and radio artist who lives in Switzerland and online. With an academic background in literature and media studies and professional training as a news editor, she has worked in radio and radio art since 2002.
Jonas Mekas (Biržai, Lithuania, 1922 – New York 2019), director, poet and artist, he was the founder of the New American Cinema Group and the cofounder of the Anthology Film Archives. He was a close collaborator with artists such as Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Salvador Dalí. His prominence is having taught several generations to interpret the reality with immediacy and sensitivity, without any scheme, giving precedence to the profound truths of everyday life.
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.
Curator, Artistic director of Arte Fiera Bologna, contributor to Artforum
Han Meyer studied urban design at TU Delft and subsequently worked in Rotterdam’s Department of Physical Planning and Urban Renewal on the redevelopment of residential districts and inner-city docks. He has been working at TU Delft since 1990, obtaining his doctorate with his thesis De stad en de haven (The City and the Port) in 1997. He became professor of Urban Design – Theory & Methods in 2001. His research has two emphases: the programme “Delta Urbanism” explores new relationships between engineering and urban design, while “De kern van de stedenbouw in het perspectief van de 21e eeuw” (Essential Urban Design from a Twenty-First-Century Perspective) yielded a four-volume book series. Meyerʼs current research focuses on the future challenges facing delta regions and the transformation of port zones, from New Orleans to Buenos Aires to the Pearl River in China. His most recent publication in this field is The State of the Delta: Engineering, Urban Development, and Nation Building in The Netherlands (Vantilt, 2017).
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.
Nino Migliori is the doyen of Italian photographers. He began to work in the field of photography in 1948, oscillating between realist photography (Gente dell’Emilia, Gente del Sud and Gente del Nord) and his experimentation with new materials and languages, also thanks to his relationship with exponents of contemporary art at the time (such as Rotella, Vedova and Tancredi). In 1977, the CSAC in Parma staged the first major solo show of his work. In the 1980s, he adopted the Polaroid camera as his research tool, while over the following decade he grew closer to digital imagery. His works are to be found in major international collections, both public and private, including: MAMbo, Bologna; GAM, Turin; CSAC, Parma; Centro Pecci, Prato; Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Calcografia Nazionale, Rome; MNAC, Barcelona; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Musée Réattu, Arles, and SFMoMA, San Francisco. In 2016, he founded the Fondazione Nino Migliori in Bologna. He continues to work to this day.
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).
Abdullah Miniawy is an Egyptian writer, chanter, composer and actor, whose artistic work is an expression of religion, revolution and freedom. During the Arab Spring, he became a political figure of resistance after his poetry spread through Al Yarmouk (a refugee camp in Syria) as well as Tunisia and other countries. In 2017 he was forced to leave Egypt by the oppressive al-Sisi regime. In 2021 he was chosen by the European parliament in Strasbourg as one of three change-makers based in the Schengen area to present a French-Egyptian artist perspective on today’s crucial challenges at the European Youth Event, and was invited as one of thirty different speakers to the European summit ‘Europe takes part!’
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.
Paolo Monti (1908-82) was one of the most important Italian photographers of the twentieth century. In 1948 in Venice, where he had moved to work as an industrial manager after the war, he founded the photography association ‘La Gondola’, which was to become the driving force behind a profound renewal of the Italian photographic language in post-war Italy. In 1953 he relocated to Milan, where he definitively embraced photography professionally and began to work fro the Triennale, architectural studios (BBPR, Gio Ponti, Albini and Scarpa), museums (Castello Sforzesco), publishers (Garzanti and Einaudi) and for artists (Baj, Crippa, Dove, Fontana, Capogrossi and Pomodoro). He later focused on documenting the landscape, architecture and historical-artistic heritage, combining his intense professional activity, including criticism and curatorship, with major experimental production (photograms, chemigrams and color photography), interfacing with key elements of contemporary artistic production.
Jordan Muckpah is a singer and songwriter who lives in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada.
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.
Author, artist, and member of the livecode.nyc collective.
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).
Design practice based in Columbus, Ohio founded by Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann.
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.
born in Bari, studied architecture in Milan and Lisbon. His work has been presented in the context of numerous festivals and international events in Amman, Arles, Berlin, Dallas, Innsbruck, Holon and San Paolo. He has taken part in the Architecture Biennale of Venice (2014) and the first Istanbul Design Biennial, Adhocracy (2012). He is the founder of the independent publisher Planar Books.
Francesco Pacifico was born in Rome in 1977. He is the author of the novels The Story of My Purity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), Class (Melville House Books, 2017, one of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017), and The Women I Love (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, coming out in 2021). His work has appeared in n+1, McSweeney’s and The White Review among other publications.
Alvise Pagnacco works across different scales of urban design and architecture. In 2015 he collaborated with Studio Paola Viganò on the new regulatory plan for the port of Venice. He has participated in many exhibitions and workshops, such as “Grand Paris” at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (2009), “Urbs in horto” (2014), and “Horizontal Metropolis” (2015). Through his office, o.2012, he coordinated the new structural plan document for the city of Zagreb in 2016, taking care of the design of Črnomerec linear park. He has been local architect for the Luxembourg pavilion at the Venice Biennale since 2017 and has taught in the European Master in Urbanism (EMU) program at the Università IUAV di Venezia since 2015.
Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus, 1978. He lives and works in Limassol, Cyprus, and Paris). Selected solo exhibitions include Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City (2017); The Cyprus Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2015); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (2012); Kunsthalle Zurich (2010). His work has been shown in a number of international survey exhibitions including: the 14th Lyon Biennial (2017); the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017); 8th Berlin Biennale (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012).
Silvia Paoli, art and photography historian, has been a cultural heritage conservator and head of the Civico photography archive in Milan since 2001. She has worked on the history of photography since 1989, with a particular focus on its relationship with the visual arts and the representation of art, architecture and landscape. She has curated exhibitions and publications and taught history of photography at the IUAV University of Venice, Fondazione Fotografia di Modena (2011–13) and the University of Milan (2013–19). She is on the Board of Directors of SISF (the Italian Society for the Study of Photography), on the editorial board of RSF. Rivista di studi di fotografia (a peer-reviewed journal) and is president of the Rete Fotografia association (www.retefotografia.it). Her most recent publications include: La fotografia, soprattutto. Italo Zannier in conversation with Silvia Paoli (Mimesis, 2019); Cesare Colombo. Photographs/Photographs. 1952–2012, S. Paoli (ed.) (Silvana Editoriale, 2020).
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).
Francesco Pecoraro (1945), an architect and urban planner, is one of Italy’s most popular writers. His novels include La vita in tempo di pace (Life in Peacetime, 2013) and Lo stradone (2019), both published by Ponte alle Grazie.
Nicola Pellegrini is an artist born in Milan in 1962 and resident in Berlin. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London. Since 2002 he has collaborated on a regular basis with Ottonella Mocellin, together with whom since 2009 he has taught Performance Art at the Carrara Academy in Bergamo. Revolving around the theme of identity, Pellegrini’s research questions the conflictual and emotional nature of interpersonal relationships. Through the use of video, photography, installation and performance, his artistic production investigates the confines between narrative and identity, memory and history, the personal and the collective, biography and autobiography. He has taken part in and co-curated numerous group projects, including that of the ARC Group in London (1988–1991), FA+ in Stockholm (1994–1998), Oreste (1997–1999) and Autoprogettazione (2020), inspired by the work of Enzo Mari. Since 2019 he has been the artistic director of the Galleria Milano. His work is represented in Italy by the Galleria Lia Rumma.
Curator and art critic, Cristiana Perrella is the Director of the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato.
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).
DJ Pery, aka Pierangelo Mulazzani, started his career as a DJ in 1979 at the Discoteca New York in Miramare, on the Italian Adriatic coast. In 1980 he opened the Melody Mecca in Rimini – a temple for the ‘afro’ scene – and played there as the resident DJ for twenty years until the closure of the club in 2000. In his sets, Pery mixes disco, funk, sitar music, Brasilian MPB, afrobeat with many other influences and sounds.
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.
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.
Cloe Piccoli is an art critic and curator, a tenured professor lecturing on Contemporary Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, and a contributor to the culture pages of the daily newspaper La Repubblica. She is the artistic director of contemporary arts projects, such as the site-specific installations for Piazza Duomo in Milano by Paola Pivi (2017) and John Armleder (2015). She has curated exhibitions and projects ranging from art to architecture at the MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome; at the PAC Padiglione dʼArte Contemporanea, Milan; at the Museo del Novecento, Milan; and at the Triennale, Milan. She has written for D – La Repubblica, LʼEspresso, Domus, Abitare, Flash Art and Surface. She has published with Baldini & Castoldi, Electa and Mousse.
Tommaso Pietropolli has collaborated since 2015 with Studio Paola Viganò, working on the drafting of the new regulatory plan for the port of Venice. Since 2014 he has been a teaching assistant at the Università IUAV di Venezia and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he recently started a doctorate in urban planning under the direction of Paola Viganò.
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).
Matteo Poli is an architect, working as a researcher and landscape design professor at the Politecnico di Milano. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as an editor for the magazine Domus, and until 2014 as a special correspondent for Abitare. He has lectured in several European, Asian and American universities, publishing books and articles on the landscape, architecture and urban design.
Andrea Fjordside Pontoppidan holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a writer, an editor, and publisher at Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology.
Bas Princen is an artist and photographer, living and working in Rotterdam and Zurich. He was educated as an industrial designer at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and then studied architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Since then, thanks to the use of photography, his work has been focussing on transforming the urban landscape by creating various forms, results and images of a changing urban space. Some of his latest exhibitions have been at Vitra Design Museum, Metropolitan (New York, USA), Solo Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, Kroller Muller Museum, and La Biennale di Venezia. In 2004, he received The Charlotte Kohler award for promising young artists and architects in the Netherlands, and in 2010 at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia he was awarded the Silver Lion together with Kersten Geers David van Severen studio.
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.
Ludovico Quaroni (1911–1987), born into a Roman family, was a key figure in twentieth-century Italian architecture and urban development. After graduating in architecture from Rome, he began to practise in the 1930s. During WWII he was held prisoner for five years by the British in India. On his return in 1946, he was among the protagonists of the post-war reconstruction process, both from a theoretical point of view – being very close to Adriano Olivetti and his urbanist ideas – and in the planning of public building works in Italy. He was also a great teacher, training generations of architects and urban planners, a much-respected scholar and the author of books such as La torre di babele (1967), Progettare un edificio (1977) as well as Immagine di Roma (1969), the book dedicated to his home town and the subject of the photographic campaign featured in this volume.
A writer and translator, she has published three novels as well as writing the screenplay for the film Dormant Beauty by Marco Bellocchio. She contributes to various publications, dealing with literature, music and cinema. Among other authors, she has translated Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Octavia E. Butler. Her latest book is a collection of poems, Le bambinacce, written together with Marco Rossari and published by Feltrinelli.
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’.
Filipa Ramos is a Lisbon-born writer based in London. Her research looks at humans’ engagement with animals in the context of art. She founded and curates Vdrome, and is film curator of Art Basel. She is co-curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale.
Artist, architect, and editor of Migrant Journal.
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.
Contemporary art curator and writer based in New York City. Founder of the curatorial studio Punk Orientalism, specialised in global art and visual cultures, mainly from Central and Western Asia and its international diaspora.
Massimiliano Tommaso Rezza graduated in pharmacy, but later decided to dedicate himself to photography. His work has been shown at a number of festivals and galleries. He writes articles for magazines and blogs specialising in photography. He teaches Photography for the Media at Richmond University in Rome. His artistic research focuses mainly on the critical relationship between language (aesthetics, conventions, stereotypes, ideological influence) and photography (authorship, amateurism, commercial and communicative fields).
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 teaches History of Contemporary Art and History of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples; he is a scientific consultant of the Gastone Novelli Archive in Rome and co-author of the first volume of the artist’s general catalogue, whose exhibition Il disegno della scrittura. I libri di Gastone Novelli he also curated at the Museo del Novecento in Milan (2012).
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.
Antonio Russo, architect, completed his research doctorate in the history of architecture at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He has carried out various studies on the architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries, both in Rome and Lombardy, and he has also dealt with the spread and interpretation of 16th-century treatises in Puglia and on the Po Plain. He is currently a research fellow at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome and a contract professor at the University of Parma.
Space Caviar is an architecture and research studio operating at the intersection between design, technology, politics and the public realm. Founded in 2013, the office uses built works, exhibitions, publishing, writing and film to investigate and document contemporary modes of habitation and the spatialisation of social and political practices. Space Caviar’s work has been shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Biennale Interieur, Vitra Design Museum and Nilufar Gallery Milan, among others.
Baktash Sarang Javanbakht is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works between Paris and Tehran. With a focus on the human body and its connection to the habitat and the surroundings, his artworks make use of different mediums, such as drawing, architectural models, sculpture and most recently site-specific installation. Javanbakht holds a degree in visual arts from Azad University of Art and Architecture, followed by a diploma in metal sculpture at Haute École des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg and an MA from Université Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. He was selected as artist in residence at Fondation Dufraine – Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, for three years. Baktash has exhibited his works globally in venues such as the Venice Biennale, Cité internationale des arts – Montmartre, Ab/Anbar Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, The CAB Contemporary Art Brussels, among others.
Manuel Scano Larrazábal was born in Padua in 1981 to a Venezuelan mother and Sardinian father. He spent his childhood in Caracas from 1983 to 1992, before returning to Italy along with his family after the coup of Hugo Chavez. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera then participated in workshops and residencies with international artists and curators, including: Fondazione Spinola Banna, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation and Fondazione per l’Arte.
Hinrich Sachs is a visual artist and writer who lives in Basel, Switzerland, and works in an itinerant fashion. Reflecting on Western cultural frameworks, he tests, elaborates, and choreographs across different forms and formats. In addition to exhibiting internationally he has authored numerous texts and publications for general and specialized audiences.
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.
Independent researcher, writer, and Arabic translator.
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.
Marco Sammicheli is director of the Museo Design Italiano at the Triennale Milano. At the same institution, he is a curator in the design, fashion and crafts sector. He has written monographs on designers and architects such as Mario Bellini, Steven Holl, Bruno Munari, Carlo Mollino and Zaha Hadid, and edited publications on the city of Milan as an urban platform for the development of creative industries.
Lele Saveri is an Italian photographer, teacher and co-founder of the NY-based radical art, publishing and multimedia collective 8-Ball Community. Saveri’s work has been displayed in institutions around the world including MoMA, NY and FOAM, Amsterdam.
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.
Giuliano Scabia is among the leading Italian poets and playwrights, a figure that stands alone on our literary panorama, who developed an idea of the theatre outside of the theatre.
Nicola Scaldaferri teaches Ethnomusicology at the University of Milan, where he is head of LEAV (www.leav.unimi.it). Among his interests: musical practices in Southern Italy; Balkanic epic songs; instruments from Western Africa; music, technology and compositional practices. Among his works: Musica nel laboratorio elettroacustico (1997), Nel paese dei cupa cupa. Suoni e immagini della tradizione lucana (2006, with S. Vaja), Audiovisual Media and Identity Issues in Southeastern Europe (2011, with E. Pistrick and G. Shwörer) and When the Trees Resound (2019, with S. Feld).
She contributes to Internazionale. Her books include: Pecore nere, written together with Gabriella Kuruvilla, Laila Wadia and Ingy Mubiayi (Laterza, 2005), Oltre Babilonia (Donzelli, 2008), La mia casa è dove sono (Rizzoli, 2010, Premio Mondello 2011), Roma negata (con Rino Bianchi, Ediesse, 2014), Adua (Giunti, 2015) and La linea del colore (Bompiani, 2020), all translated into various languages
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.
UX Researcher and Systems Designer based in New York City. She is idealistic about the potential of human-centred technology and participatory design.
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).
Gabriele Silli was born in Rome in 1982 where he lives and works. He received his degree in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2009 with a dissertation on Lucretioʼs theory of simulacra. His practice has pictorial roots but it moves also through sculpture and performance. Silli’s work emphasizes the need to deepen a pursuit focused on the concept of variation, especially through the obsessive reuse of subjects, images, materials and formal processes. In 2004 he founded with Giacomo Sponzilli and Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli the Mastequoia art group.
Giovanna Silva lives and works as a photographer in Milan. Her most recent publications include: Imeldific and Tehran (both by Mousse Publishing); UN (bruno); Palmyrah and Niemeyer 4ever (both by Art Paper Editions). She took part in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice with the project Nightswimming, Discotheques in Italy from the 1960s until now (Bedford Press, 2015). She is the founder of the architecture magazine San Rocco. She teaches publishing photography at the NABA in Milan, at the IUAV in Venice and at the ISIA in Urbino.
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’.
Director at Wonder Cabinet, Bethlehem, Palestine.
Giacomo Sponzilli (1982) is an architect based in Rome and Tokyo. After a formal training in Architecture in Rome and the Netherlands (TU Delft), he collaborated with the artist collective Atelier Van Lieshout. He is currently working at the architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates. His artistic research revolves around performative methods able to synthesize several layers of action into works of sculpture, film, print, performance, installation, and landwork. In 2004 he founded with Gabriele Silli and Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli the Mastequoia art group.
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).
Giulio Squillacciotti was born in Rome in 1982. Artist and film-maker, he lives and works in Milan. His work is mainly oriented on the mutation and invention of traditions by merging together fiction and historical facts. Using film, documentary, writing and scenography, Squillacciotti produces research-based investigations that revisits history, crafting new stories from subjective perspectives, speculative storytelling, religion and popular culture.
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.
She has written novels and short stories, including Benzina (Einaudi, 1998; Premio Giuseppe Berto); Firenze da piccola (Laterza, 2006); A immaginare una vita ce ne vuole un’altra (minimum fax, 2007); Mamma o non Mamma with Carola Susani (Feltrinelli, 2009); Un uomo giusto (Einaudi, 2011), and Venne alla spiaggia un assassino (La Nave di Teseo, 2019). She contributes to the newspaper La Repubblica.
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.
Lóránt Tavasszy has been Professor in Freight and Logistics at TU Delft since September 2016. He studied civil engineering at TU Delft and has taught there since 2009, initially combining his work with a part-time position as Principal Scientist at TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research). Previously, from 2004 to 2009, he was Professor in Freight Transport and Spatial Development at Radboud University. Tavasszy’s personal research area is focused on freight transport and logistics modeling. At TU Delft he works in the Freight and Logistics Lab across three faculties. He chairs the Scientific Committee of the World Conference for Transport Research Society and is an international member of the freight committees of the US Transportation Research Board.
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.
She has written: Gli anni al contrario (Einaudi, 2015, winner of the Bagutta Opera Prima, the Brancati and the American Bridge Book Award); Addio fantasmi (Einaudi, 2018, shortlisted for the Premio Strega 2019); Come una storia d’amore (Giulio Perrone Editore, 2020), and Non sono mai stata via. Vita in esilio di Maria Zambrano (rueBallu, 2020, with illustrations by Pia Valentinis). She has written many books for children, including: Bruno il bambino che imparò a volare (Orecchio Acerbo, 2012); Casca il mondo (Mondadori, 2016); Omero è stato qui (Bompiani, 2019, with illustrations by Vanna Vinci, selected for the Premio Strega Ragazzi), and Aladino (Orecchio Acerbo, 2020, with illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti). Her books have been translated into many different languages. She contributes to various newspapers, including La Repubblica and Il Foglio.
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.
David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London, working in many fields of sound art and music since the late 1960s. He has published eight books, translated into ten languages, including Ocean of Sound, Sinister Resonance, Into the Maelstrom (shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize) an autobiography, Flutter Echo, and Inflamed Invisible, a collection of essays on art and sound. Since his first album, released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975, he has released twelve solo records, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber, Sound Body and Entities Inertias Faint Beings.
Massimo Torrigiani is co-founder of Fantom, and a partner of Boiler, a creative agency with offices in Milan and Barcelona. Over the years, he has directed and contributed to developing various institutions of art and culture, and magazines, curating exhibitions and publishing projects.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (2010), and (with Jeff Kinkle) Cartographies of the Absolute (2015). He edited The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics with Lorenzo Chiesa, and has translated several works by Alain Badiou, as well as Antonio Negri, Furio Jesi, and Franco Fortini. He is currently working on two book projects, the first on tragedy as a political form, the second on philosophy, capitalism and ‘real abstraction.’ He has sat on the editorial board of Historical Materialism since 2004, and is series editor of The Italian List for Seagull Books.
Maria Chiara Tosi (1965) is Full Professor at the Department of Architecture and Arts of Università IUAV di Venezia, where she is also an active member of the faculty board of the PhD in Urbanism. She is member of the Academic Council of Venice International University, and Expert for the Science and Technology of Constructions and the Built Environment panel at the Research Foundation Flanders FWO-Belgium. From 2015 to 2018 she was Vice-President of VEGA Venice Gateway for Science and Technology. In 2018 she was curator of the Venice Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Since 2017 she has been a member of URBES (Urban & Rural Built Environment Sustainability), a research center based in Tongji and IUAV. Her recent books include Designing Territorial Metabolism (2018), Walkable Cities in High-Density China (2018), Bernardo Secchi. Libri e piani (2017), Marzenego fiume metropolitano (2016), Welfare Spaces. On the Role of Welfare State Policies in the Construction of the Contemporary City (2014), and Toward an Atlas of European Delta Landscape (2014).
Emanuele Trevi (Roma, 1964) is an Italian literary critic and writer. Shortlisted for the Premio Strega 2012 with Qualcosa di scritto (Ponte alle Grazie, 2012; Something Written, World Editions, 2016), he made his debut as a writer of fiction with I cani del nulla (Einaudi, 2003). He has published Senza verso (2005) and L’onda del porto (2005) in Laterza’s Contromano series; the novel Il libro della gioia perpetua (Rizzoli, 2010); Il popolo di legno (Einaudi, 2015), Sogni e favole (Ponte alle Grazie, 2019). His most recent novel Due Vite has been published by Neri Pozza (2020).
Bianca Trevisan is a teacher of the History of Photography at the Catholic University of Brescia and of History of Photography and History of Modern Art at the IED in Venice. She gained a research doctorate in the History of Contemporary Art from the University of Bergamo and she is a curator at the Galleria Milano, where she also coordinates the historical archive. Furthermore, she is carrying out an archive project supported by the Catholic University on the painting work of Enrico Della Torre. She deals with visual culture, with issues linked to postmodernism, feminism and the art of political activism, as well as archiving methods of the contemporary. Among her various publications, together with Elio Grazioli she co-edited Riga 39. Maurizio Cattelan (Quodlibet 2019). Her articles have been published in academic journals, such as piano b. Arti e culture visive as well as ones in the arts field such as doppiozero, Titolo and Artribune. She specialised in Contemporary Art Archiving (2017) and in Provenance Research (2019) at the research centre in Castello di Rivoli (CRRI).
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 (1982) lives and works in Rome. Graduated in Philosophy, Tribbioliʼs practice is mainly project-oriented: it develops from researches and theoretical references, and it is then acted in a wide range of media, resulting in performances, installations and films. His works has been presented in museums, art institutions and film festivals, among wich: MAMbo (Bologna 2018), ICA (London 2016), Lincoln Center (NY 2016), Quadriennale di Roma (Rome 2016) and Centre dʼArt Contemporain (Genève 2015). In 2004 he founded with Gabriele Silli and Giacomo Sponzilli the Mastequoia art group.
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.
Jacopo Valentini (b. 1990) lives in Modena and Milan. He obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio and a Master’s degree in Photography from the IUAV in Venice under the supervision of the artist Stefano Graziani. His works are to be found in major public and private collections, including: the IBC – Regione Emilia-Romagna; Galleria Civica di Modena – FMAV; Palazzo Rasponi 2, Ravenna; Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Collezione Farnesina, Rome, and MUFOCO, Cinisello Balsamo. He is currently working on a research project on territorial displacement in the common imagination.
She is head of Italian fiction at the Marsilio publishing house, and works on RAI Radio3. She contributes to L’Espresso, Vanity Fair and Domani. She studied and taught maths for many years, and has a research doctorate in probability calculus. Her publications include: A complicare le cose (Robin, 2003); La gioia piccola d’esser quasi salvi (nottetempo, 2009), and Spiaggia libera tutti (Laterza, 2012). For nottetempo, she translated and edited Flush (2012); Freshwater (2013), and Between the Acts (2015) by Virginia Woolf. With Einaudi, she has published Almanacco del giorno prima (2014); Storia umana della matematica (2016); Il cuore non si vede (2019), and La matematica è politica (2020).
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 was born in Rome, although he has lived and worked in Paris since 2002 as a historian and contemporary art critic. After having gained a doctorate in Art History and Aesthetics from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, he became Postdoctoral Fellow at the Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art as well as at the George Washington University of Washington, not to mention pensionnaire at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris (2012–2016). He was pensionnaire in History and Art Theory at the Academy of France – 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 recently, together with Silvia Lucchesi and Alberto Salvadori, he co-curated the retrospective Francesco Lo Savio at the MART in Rovereto. He is a regular contributor to Artforum, Alias – Il Manifesto (‘Cristalli liquidi’ column) and doppiozero (‘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).
Paola Viganò is an architect and urbanist. She is Full Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design at the EPFL (Lausanne), where she heads the Laboratory of Urbanism (Lab–U) and the new interdisciplinary Habitat Research Centre. She is also Professor at Università IUAV di Venezia. She is a member of the scientific committee of the École nationale supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles and of the École nationale supérieure de Paysage, Versailles (ENSP), and part of the scientific board of the European Master in Urbanism (EMU). In 1990 she founded Studio with Bernardo Secchi. In 2013 Viganò was the first woman to receive the Grand Prix de lʼUrbanisme in France and is today part of the Atelier du Grand Paris scientific committee. In 2016 she received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Her publications include The Horizontal Metropolis Between Urbanism and Urbanization (2018), Urbanisme de l’espoir (2018), Inégalités urbaines (2017), Territories of Urbanism (2016), and Territorialism (2014).
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.
Luca Vitone (Genoa, 1964), artist, lives and works in Berlin and Milan. Since 1987 his work has been exhibited in public and private spaces in Italy and abroad including: Venice Biennale, MART Rovereto, PAC Milan, Museion Bolzano, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, MMOMA Moscow, CAPC Bordeaux, Montevideo Biennial, Neuer Berlin Kunsthalle, Palais de Beaux Arts Brussels, Museo Pecci Prato, MAXXI Rome, Triennale Milan. Ha published, in collaboration with Franco La Cecla, Non è cosa / Non siamo mai soli, Elèuthera, Milano 1998; Effemeride Prini, Quodlibet, Macerata 2016; the monography Io, Luca Vitone, Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2017. He is a lecturer at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan since 2006.
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’.
Joshua Wong is a Hong Kong student activist and politician who serves as secretary-general for the pro-democracy party Demosistō. Wong rose to international prominence during the 2014 Hong Kong protests as one of the leaders of the so- called Umbrella Movement, for which he has been arrested several times. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.
Interdisciplinary queer designer based in Ghent and Eindhoven.
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.
Mauro Zanchi is an art critic, essayist and curator. He has been head of the temporary museum BACO (Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna) in Bergamo since 2011. His essays and critic writings have appeared in various volumes, published among others by Giunti, Silvana Editoriale, Electa, Humboldt Books, Mousse, CURA, Skinnerboox, Moretti & Vitali and the newspaper Corriere della Sera. He writes for Art e Dossier, Doppiozero, ATP diary, Antinomie and La balena bianca. His most recent publications include: Abitare il silenzio (2019), Metafotografia. Dentro e oltre il medium nell’arte contemporanea (2019), Metafotografia (2019). Le mutazioni delle immagini (2020) and Arte ed eros (2020).
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.
Guido Zucconi (1950) is Professor of History of Architecture and Urban History at the Università IUAV di Venezia. His research focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular attention to the case of Italy, while his teaching has investigated themes around the relationship between architecture and the city, between conservation and urban planning, between professional practice and the didactics of professional formation. Zucconi studied architecture at the Politecnico of Milan and Princeton University. He is a member of the doctoral programme in History of Arts at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and member of the Conseil Scientifique of the TPTI–Erasmus Mundus program headed by the Université Paris IV–Sorbonne Panthéon and financed by the European Union. He has previously taught at the Politecnico of Milan (Faculty of Architecture) and University of Udine (Faculty of Cultural Heritage), and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and the École pratique des hautes études at the Sorbonne in Paris.