Young Curators Residency Programme
Every year since 2007 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo promotes the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino. The project aims to support emerging curatorial practice while spreading knowledge of the Italian art scene on an international level.
The international curators in residence are guided by a reference Italian curator, that acts as a tutor, mediator and coordinator of the residency programme during the period of residence and the development of the exhibition. The biographies listed in this page are updated to 2020.
Lorenzo Balbi (Torino, 1982) is the artistic director of MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. He graduated from Ca’ Foscari University, Venezia with a BA of Fine Arts and Preservation of Cultural Heritage and from the University of Torino with an MA in Contemporary Art History. His texts and articles were published by several reviews and magazines, including: Il Giornale dell’Arte, Inside Art, Artribune, Mousse, La Stampa, Exibart, ATP Diary, Il Giornale dell’Architettura. He was artistic director at Verso Artecontemporanea Gallery, Torino, an exhibition space devoted to research on emerging artists from South-East Asia. He was part of the board of Nesxt, Indipendent Art Festival, curator of the Live Program for DAMA, the new experimental fair for emerging international galleries, and curator of the Pomilio Blumm Prize, a prize for contemporary artists promoted in collaboration with Magnolia and Sky Arte HD. Since 2007 he has worked as an assistant curator at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Among his curated shows: Neve chimica (Casa Olimpia, Sestriere, Italy, 2012); Riikka Kuoppala. La casa di biscotti (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2013); Thomas Teurlai. Europium (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2014); Stanze/Rooms (meCollectors Room, Berlino, 2014); Pierre Michelon. Parole e angurie (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2015); Spin-Off (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Quito, 2015); Daniel Frota. Irrealis Mood (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2016). After working for the project as an assistant to former coordinators Ilaria Bonacossa (in 2009) and Stefano Collicelli Cagol (in 2011 and 2012), in 2005 he became curator and coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Programme.
Michele Bertolino (he/him) is a curator and researcher living between Turin and Rome. He currently collaborates with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Program. He is editing the publication Porpora – a photographic book of Lina Pallotta’s work. He curated exhibitions in several institutions, among those: MAMbo, Bologna; Last Tango, Zurich; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino. In 2020 he was visiting lecturer in the LAB.ZONE PETROLIO, class led by Lili Reynaud-Dewar at HEAD Genève. Between 2019 and 2021 he worked as assistant curator of the 2020 Art Quadriennale FUORI, held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. In 2018-2019 he was Junior Curator at The Institute of Things to Come with which he continued collaborating in 2020-2021 as curator of the research project “Guerrilla against the Uncessing Hostilities of the Livings”. In 2016 he founded with Bernardo Follini, Giulia Gregnanin and Sebastiano Pala, the curatorial collective Il Colorificio. His writings have been published in Nero Magazine, Flash Art and other magazines. In 2022 he published Albe e tramonti in Praiano*, written together with Giulia Crispiani. He graduated in philosophy of art at the University of Turin and in 2015-2016 he participated in CAMPO15, a course of curatorial studies and practices of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation.
Ilaria Bonacossa (Milano,1973) is a curator, art historian and the director of Artissima, Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea since 2017. She received a BA in Contemporary Art History from the Università Statale di Milano and a MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, NY,. She has worked as research assistant for the 2003 Whitney Biennial and as curatorial assistant for Manifesta 3, Ljubljana. For 7 years she has been curator at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, in Turin, from 2012 to 2017 she has been the artistic director of the Public Museum for Contemporary Art Villa Croce, in Genoa. In 2013 she curated the Pavilion of Island with the solo project of Katrin Sigurdardottir. She has been a member of the technical committee for acquisitions of FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur of Marsiglia (2007–13), member of the scientific committee of PAC Milano (2013–16) and responsible for Italy of the Artist Pension Trust. In 2007 she was a member for the Golden Lion jury at the Venice Biennale and in 2013 member of the nominating committee for the Inamori Foundation Prize, Kyoto. She was a founding member of Art@Work, a collective that develops contemporary art projects in the non-profit sector and for private collections. Since 2016 she is artistic director of La Raia Foundation.
Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti (Desenzano del Garda, 1990) is an independent curator and art writer. In her practice she develops research-based exhibitions and public programmes, expanding and experimenting with the traditional format of object-based exhibitions. In 2018 she was the curator of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Abracadabra. Other projects include Abstract Sex. We don’t have any clothes, only equipment with Guido Costa for Artissima, Turin 2019; Get Rid of Yourself (Ancora Ancora Ancora), Fondazione Baruchello, Rome 2019; Why Is Everybody Being So Nice?, De Appel and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 2017; Good Luck, See You After the Revolution, Uva, Amsterdam 2017; Dear Betty: Run Fast, Bite Hard!, GAMeC, Bergamo 2016. She held the position of Curator of the New Entries section of Artissima in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 she founded the performative and educational platform The School of the End of Time with artists Ambra Pittoni and Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano, and from 2015 to 2018 she run the independent space CLOG in Turin. She curated publications such as Shifting views on Italian art. The curatorial residency as a research model (2020) and The New Work Times (2018), and her writings appeared in specialised magazines, artists books and museum publications. She gained her curatorial education at De Appel, Amsterdam; CAMPO12, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Visual Arts and Theatre, IUAV University, Venice and pursued curatorial training at Artists Space, New York. She completed the advanced course in Critical Theory of Society at Università Milano-Bicocca in 2021 and is currently enrolled in the Research-Based Master Programme Curatorial Critical Cybernetic Research Practices at HEAD, Geneva. She is the co-founder and currently Vice-President of AWI – Art Workers Italia.
Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Padova, 1978) is the curator of La Quadriennale di Roma and since 2018 he teaches at the Master in Design for Arts, Polytechnic of Turin. He graduated in 2002 in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at University Ca Foscari, Venice. In 2014 he earned the PhD at the Royal College of Art in London with a thesis on the history of thematic exhibitions of contemporary art in Italy between the 30s and 50s. His career as a curator began in 2003 at Castello di Rivoli – Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition The Moderns curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Between 2004 and 2006 he covered the role of assistant curator at Villa Manin – Center of Contemporary Art, Passariano (UD). In 2011 he was assistant curator for the exhibition A Geographical Expression. Unity and identity of Italy through contemporary art, produced by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, where he worked among others with Victor Man, Johanna Billing, Isabelle Cornaro, Markus Schinwald, Andro Wekua and Ibon Aranberri. From 2010 to 2013 at Fondazione Sandretto he coordinated the residence for young curators and contributed to the design and teaching CAMPO – Course for curators. At the ninth edition of the Premio Furla, 2012, he nominated with Bart Van Der Heide, curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the winner Chiara Fumai. Through these projects it has deepened the situation of the Italian art system and the knowledge of young art. In Italy, as an independent curator he worked at Castello di Rivoli – Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli-Turin; Artissima, Turin; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice and Marino Marini Museum, Florence. He also collaborated with international institutions such as Kunstmuseum Trondheim, where he is Curator at Large from 2015 and where he presented the works of artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Sidsel Meineche Hansen; LUX Artists’ Moving Images, London; steirischer herbst festival, Graz; VAC Moscow and Venice; by_vienna curated the festival, Vienna and Art-O-Rama, Marseille. He has published several academic articles on the history of exposures and his articles have appeared in Stedelijk Studies, Domus, Mousse and Flash Art.
Francesco Manacorda (Torino, 1974) is currently the artistic director of the V-A-C Foundation (Moscow) and visiting professor at LJMU School of Art and Design in Liverpool. He earned a degree in Education from the University of Turin (2000) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2001-2003). He has published articles and reviews in such publications as Artforum, Domus, Flash Art, Frieze, Metropolis M, Mousse, Piktogram, Kaleidoscope and ArtReview. He has edited numerous publications and written critical monographs on several artists’ works. Between 2007 and 2009 he served as curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, where he realized the large-scale exhibitions Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art and Radical Nature – Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009 (2009). In 2007 he curated the Slovenian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale and in 2009 the New Zealand Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, while in 2013 he was a member of the International Jury for the 55th Venice Biennale. His curatorial practice has also included freelance projects such as Subcontinent – The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (2006). From February 2010 to March 2012, he was director of Artissima, the international fair of contemporary art in Turin, and from 2012 to 2017 he was artistic director of Tate Liverpool where he curated exhibitions such as Mondrian and His Studios; Glenn Ligon: Encounter and Collisions; An Imagined Museum; Leonora Carrington: Transgressing Discipline; and Cathy Wilkes. In 2016 he co-curated the Liverpool Biennial. He was visiting lecturer in exhibition history and critical theory at the curating contemporary art department of the Royal College of Art, London from 2006 to 2011.
Gaia Tedone (1982) is an independent curator based in London. She holds a BA in Economics for the Arts, Culture and Communication from Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (2005), an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London (2008) and was a Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (2010). In 2013-2014, she was granted a Curatorial Fellowship funded by the Arts Council of England and organised by Whitechapel Gallery and Contemporary Art Society in collaboration with the Brighton & Hove Museums. The results of this period of research across the South of England culminated in the exhibition entitled Twixt Two Worlds which was on show at Whitechapel Gallery, London during the summer 2014 before touring to Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne. From 2012 to 2013, she worked within Tate Modern’s curatorial department, assisting on acquisitions and displays for the Collection of Photography and International Art and was involved in the planning and organisation of photography displays. Alongside assisting in the management of the Photography and Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committees, she undertook substantial research for the collection of time-based media art. Previously, she was an assistant curator in charge of Exhibitions, Projects and Collection at The David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2008-10), where she actively contribut ed to the conception and delivery of audience-focused exhibitions and events in collaboration with international artists and curators. A number of independent projects have also complemented her curatorial practice, providing the opportunity to engage with a variety of different audiences and gallery contexts in London as well as abroad. In 2011, within the framework of the Whitney Independent Study Programme, she worked on the conception and production of the group exhibition Foreclosed. Between Crisis and Possibility that took place at The Kitchen in New York, and coordinated its extensive public programme and catalogue (Yale University Press, 2011). More recently, she curated the photographic group show Rotta di Collisione (Artopia, Milan, October 2013) and co-curated with Christine Takengny the group exhibition Shifting Gazes (Guest Projects, London, January 2013).
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