Who we were

Fiona Parry

Joseph del Pesco

Joseph del Pesco is an independent curator, organizer, art journalist, and web-media producer, director of the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. He was born in 1975 in Delaware, US, and he lives and works in San Francisco and New York. Working independently del Pesco has organized several events, exhibitions and projects with institutions like Temple Contemporary, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Oakland Museum of California, The Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, and the Rooseum in Malmö Sweden, among others. From 2007 to 2009 he was adjunct curator at Artists Space in New York. In 2006 he was a curatorial fellow at the Banff Centre, Canada (returning in 2009 to lead a month-long residency) and in 2008 he travelled to Italy for a residency with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, Italy). Prior to 2006 he worked as Assistant Curator at the Art Museum at UC Davis. He has contributed interviews, reviews and other texts to Flash Art, X-Tra, Proximity, Fillip magazine and various websites including Open Space (SFMOMA’s blog) and Art in America. In 2009 he organised an experimental school-without-walls project called the Pickpocket Almanack with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Pelin Uran

Pelin Uran is an Istanbul based curator, born in 1975 in Ankara. She worked as an assistant curator for the retrospective exhibition of Erol Akyavas before she left for the States. After she completed her studies at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies in 2005, she has worked at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. She has curated many exhibitions such as Endgame (Space Loop, Seoul, 2009), An Artist Who Cannot Speak English is No Artist (Artists Space, New York, 2006), If it is not love, it is the bomb (Bard College, 2004), A Forest and a Tree (New York Newbourg, 2005), which has traveled to Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna in 2007. She worked as a co-curator for several projects among which the night program Nightcomers in the 10th Istanbul Biennial in 2007. Uran has written articles in magazine Uovo Contemporary Art Magazine and online contemporary art site Might Be Good. She has also written for the project Speech in the A Constructed World. She took place at the Premio Furla Award in the Curatorial Selection Committee (2008-2009, Italy).


Ilaria Bonacossa

Ilaria Bonacossa (1973) is an art critic and curator. Since 2012 she is the artistic director of the Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce in Genova, Italy. From 2002 she worked at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, where she curated numerous exhibitions, including D-segni (2004), five solo shows dedicated to works on paper by emerging artists in Italy and abroad, Subcontingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art (2006), Il Coraggio, contemporary art from the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (2010), a project by Francesco Bonami. In 2013 she was co-curator of the Islandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. From 2009 she founded Art at Work, an innovative operating system that develops contemporary art projects. She is the Italian responsible for the London trust of APT Artist Pension Trust, an international project that supports the international artists' careers, and she writes for several art magazines such as Outist and Mousse. She is a member of the Technical Committee for Acquisitions for the FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in Marseille.


Francesco Bonami

Francesco Bonami (1955, Florence) has been senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago from 1999 to 2008. He also was artistic director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin since its foundation (now honorary director), Fondazione Pitti Discovery in Florence and the contemporary art center Villa Manin, Udine, Italy. He was the director of the 50th Venice Biennial of Visual Arts in 2003, and he was the first Italian curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. He curated several international exhibitions like The Universal Experience at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Whitney Museum of America Art Biennial in 2010 and of the first edition of the Turin Triennal in Italy. He is a regular contributor to the Italian daily Il Riformista, Zero and Vanity Fair Italy. Until 2013 he was director of Tar, a magazine of art and culture. In 2010 he received the Légion d'honneur of the Franch Republic. He published several books among which Lo potevo fare anch'io. Perché l'arte contemporanea è davvero arte (2009), Dopotutto non è brutto (2010), Si crede Picasso (2010) and Maurizio Cattelan. Autobiografia non autorizzata (2011).

Francesco Manacorda

Francesco Manacorda (1974,Turin) is an independent curator based in London. He graduated from the University of Turin and received an M.A. in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2003. He was appointed artistic director of Artissima in 2010, the international art fair of contemporary art in Turin, and since 2012 artistic director of the Tate Liverpool. He worked as a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, (2007–09), and his freelance practice has included curating Subcontinent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2006) and national pavilions at the 52nd Venice Biennial (Tobias Putrih, Slovenian Pavilion, 2007 and Francis Upritchard, New Zealand Pavilion, 2009). He has written extensively for Domus, Flash Art Italia, Flash Art International, Frieze, Metropolis M, Piktogram, Untitled, and Art Review.

Teresa Gleadowe

Teresa Gleadowe (London) is a curator, writer, and editor with extensive experience in contemporary visual arts, both nationally and internationally, and Chair of Nottingham Contemporary. She was a member of the Furla Prize 2015. She worked for the Visual Arts Department of the British Council, London, and the Tate Gallery, London, as head of information. In 1992 she joined the academic staff of the Royal College of Art, London, to develop and lead the curating course. She was head of the Curating Contemporary Art department until the summer of 2006, when she left the college to work freelance. From 2006 to 2012 she was Research Consultant and Series Editor for the Exhibition Histories series published by Afterall. She has also taught on curatorial programmes at California College of the Arts, San Francisco; de Appel, Amsterdam; the London Consortium MA Film Curating; the MA Curating at Chelsea College of Art and Design; and on the Curatorial Intensive run by Independent Curators International in New York in July 2011. She has co-convened two conferences with Kitty Scott for the Banff International Curatorial Institute and a symposium, ‘On Remoteness’ in March 2013. She is a member of the Advisory Board of PEER, a member of the ICA’s Artists Advisory Committee, a specialist adviser to The John Lyon’s Charity and a member of AICA and ICOM. She is also Chair of CAST (the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), a new charity based in Helston, Cornwall, created in 2012.


Residency program for young curators 2008

Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa

Dai tempo al tempo

Curated by Pelin Uran, Joseph del Pesco, Fiona Parry

Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy
25 May – 27 July 2008

The exhibition Dai tempo al tempo is the fruit of three months work by the three young curators Fiona Parry (1980, UK), Joseph del Pesco (1975, USA) and Pelin Uran (1975, Turkey). Invited by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and by the Fondazione Edoardo Garrone, the three curators have spent three months in Italy to get a deeper insight into the contemporary art scene, contacting and meeting artists, curators, museum directors, gallerists and critics.
Focusing on the physical experience of time, the exhibition will begin with a daylong series of time-based projects by the 13 artists. Responding to the selected artists’ project-oriented practices, the exhibition will be composed of ephemeral, transient, momentary, and impermanent artworks. The artist projects will include: performances, artists’ talks, installations, video presentations, interventions, and participatory constructions. Some works will have specific durations, possibly lasting from a matter of minutes to the whole six hours. Some will, in more ephemeral ways, give form to the temporal structure and experience of the whole event. Installations will be born out of the series of events and will be on show to the public for the entire exhibition period. Francesco Arena will inscribe a quote by Fenoglio along the walls of the exhibition space, encouraging the public to interact with the space and reflect on the history of the Partisans of the Langhe and Roero regions. Federico Pietrella will present an installation of a room illuminated by lit torches that will go out one by one as their batteries die, setting an unpredictable turn of events for both the spectators and the artist. In the performance of Wolfgang Berkowski, 5 actors will read a work by Godard Le Mepris in blocked off spaces, hence creating a deaf conversation.


Anna Scalfi
Always half full, 2008
Installation view - Courtesy of the artist (installation view at Palazzo Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d'Alba)

Cesare Pietroiusti
Permanent attribution of ideas to others, 2008
Performance realised in the Teatro Colosseo in Rome, in Tempo reale (2007) - Courtesy of the artist - (fame from the video)

Dafne Boggeri
Untiled (LOST), 2008
Lamba print - 60 x 45 cm - Courtesy of the artist

Domenico Antonio Mancini
Move South, 2008
Courtesy of the artist

Elisabetta Benassi
Nevermore, 2008
Performance - Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d'Alba, Cuneo, Italy - Courtesy of the artist - (performance view)

Federico Pietrella
25 maggio 2008, 2008
Performance at Palazzo Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d'Alba - Courtesy of the artist - (installation view)

Francesco Arena
Senza Titolo (Guarene), 2008
Engraving on wall and wooden bench - A portrait of Francesco Arena in the space of his installation Senza Titolo (Guarene) at Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy - Courtesy of the artist - (installation view)

Giorgio Andreotta Calò
Senza Titolo, 2008
Video of the performance, series of 80 diapositives - Variable dimensions - Courtesy of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo - (installation view)

Giulia Piscitelli
Furore, 1996
Video, 6'20''

Rossella Biscotti
The Undercover Special Agent, 2008
Still of the film

Stanislao di Giugno
happy ending resistenza: history did't teach me anything at all, 2008
Grill, Courtesy of the artist

Wolfgang Berkowski
Lateral Dissection, 2006
Performance, Courtesy of the artist