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.

Young Curators Residency Programme 2007 Curated by Francesco Manacorda

Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy May 26 – September 30, 2007


Through different strategies, the artists in Inscriptions reveal the cultural and productive specificities inscribed on an object or a place. Carola Bonfili, Enrica Cavarzan, Lara Favaretto and Paolo W, Tamburella employ an archaeological strategy by reclaiming life’s disposed, abandoned and lost commodities; while Alessandro Piangiamore and Wolfgang Berkowski, dislocate the iconography of cities and landmarks through subtle but powerful gestures, which they document in photography and video. The works in this exhibition put forward historical connections of different social realities and locations, allowing traces of the urban experience to surface.



Jimena Acosta

Jimena Acosta (Mexico City, 1972) is a curator of contemporary design and art at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City. She hold a MA degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. In her curatorial practice she has moved from working with contemporary art only, towards working with design and it’s tight corners: sustainability was examined in the exhibition Criteria (co-curated with designer Emiliano Godoy); social movements and it’s graphic mirror in Solidarity: A Memory of Art and Social Change (Both held at Averill and Bernard Levinton A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago) or the postal stamps as a way of national identity and historical marker in Mexico Exporta: Postal Design and International Trade at MUFI in Oaxaca. Her exhibition I Will What I Want: Women, Design, and Empowerment, co-curated with Michelle Millar Fisher, puts forward that gender is a force that is rationalized, constructed, and affirmed, and thus can be subverted – by and through design (held at Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, in 1917 and in 2018 at Muca Roma Mexico City). She is a design history professor at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, campus Mexico City.


Francesco Manacorda

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 ArtforumDomus, Flash ArtFriezeMetropolis M, MoussePiktogramKaleidoscope 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 StudiosGlenn Ligon: Encounter and CollisionsAn Imagined MuseumLeonora 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.


  • Wolfgang Berkowski

    Wolfgang Berkowski was born in 1960, Salzkotten, Germany. He lives and works in Roma.

    Veduta / 0:0, 2007
    Video projection, 4'46'' , Courtesy of the artist

  • Carola Bonfili

    Carola Bonfili, born in Roma in 1981, lives between Roma and New York.

    (Jenny and Freddy in the bath-tub), 2006
    School-desk with digital print, 77 x 130 x 51 cm (detail)

  • Lara Favaretto

    Lara Favaretto was born in 1973, Treviso, Italy. She lives and works in Torino, Italy.

    Lost and Found, 2007
    Black leather suitcase, 55 x 80 x 20 cm
    Courtesy of Franco Noero, Turin, Italy

  • Alessandro Piangiamore

    Alessandro Piangiamore was born in 1976 in Enna, Italy.

    L'osso è sacro, 2005
    Lamba print, 100 x 100 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Paolo W. Tamburella

     Paolo W. Tamburella was born in 1973 in Roma and lives between Roma and New York.

    Kalpantukali, 2006
    400 punctured, deflated Indian footballs opened and stitched together, 410 x 532 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Enrica Cavarzan

    Esprit de Noblesse, 2007
    400 glass drops, metal wire and projection,
    150 x 250 x 250 cm
    Courtesy of the artist


Francesco Bonami

Francesco Bonami (Firenze, 1955) has been senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, from 1999 to 2008. He also was artistic director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (Italy) since its foundation (now honorary director), Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Firenze (Italy) 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, London, the Whitney Museum of America Art Biennial in 2010, and of the first edition of the T-Torino Triennale Tremusei. 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). Among his last exhibitions, the Takashi Murakami’ s solo exhibition, Il Ciclo di Arhat, (Milan, 2014) and The see is my land–Artisti dal Mediterraneo, at the Milan Triennial with Emanuela Mazzonis (Milan, 2014 and MAXXI, Rome, 2013 ).

Ralph Rugoff

Ralph Rugoff (New York, 1957) has been chosen to curate the 2015 Lyon Biennial. He is director of the Hayward Gallery, London, and since his appointment in 2006, he has curated numerous exhibitions including, Psycho Buildings: Artists Take On Architecture, The Painting of Modern Life and most recently, Jeremy Deller: Joy in People. He was previously director of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and was the founding chair of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. In 2002 Ralph served as a curatorial advisor to the Sydney Biennial, and in 2005 he was a curatorial correspondent for the T-Torino Triennale Tremusei. In December 2005, he was awarded the Katherine Ordway Prize given in recognition of important contributions to the field of contemporary arts and letters. His publications include monographs on George Condo, Mark Wallinger and Anya Gallacio, as well as Circus American, Scene of the Crime, and At the Threshold of the Visible.

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 (UK), created in 2012.


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