Denise Araouzou is a curator and researcher. Recently she was part of the curatorial team of Biennale Mediterranea 19: School of Waters (San Marino, 2021). Following an MA in History of Art at the University of Glasgow (2011-2015), she is currently pursuing an MA in Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Gothenburg (2021-2023) and a post-masters at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, titled Collective Practices II: Symbiotic Organizations (2021-2022). At the interstice of these two programs, she is developing a body of research, titled Learning on a damaged planet, supported by KONE Foundation (Finland).
Alessandro Castiglioni is Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Museo MA*GA, Gallarate. He is Lecturer of Art and Design History at Istituto Marangoni, Milano. He worked as curator for many institutions, such as: Galleria Nazionale, San Marino; Italian Cultural Institute, London; MCA, Valletta; National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik. In 2019 he was co-curator of San Marino Pavilion at the 58th Biennale di Venezia. Since 2014 he co-directs with Simone Frangi A Natural Oasis? a nomadic research platform hosted by institutions such as Garrison Library, Gibraltar; National Art Gallery of Albania, Tirana; Manifesta 12, Palermo; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham. With Simone Frangi he was also Senior Curator of School of Waters – Mediterranea 19, San Marino. Between 2022 and 2023 he develops research programs at MUSE, Museo delle Scienze, Trento and Castello Gamba. Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Valle d’Aosta. Among his publications: Archivi del Contemporaneo(Nomos, 2022); Chiara Dynys and the filmic imaginary (Skira, 2022); Exercises for a polluted mind(Postmedia books, 2019); Kerouac Beat Painting (Skira, 2017), Urban Mining (Corraini, 2016); The Voices of the Sirens (Mousse Publishing, 2015); Subjective Maps / Disappearance (Mousse Publishing 2013).
Simone Frangi (Como, 1982. Lives in Milan and Grenoble). Researcher and writer operating at the intersection of critical thinking, curatorial research and education. He holds a french-italian PhD in Aestethics and Theory of Art, obtained in international co-tutoring at Université de Bourgogne – Dijon and Università Degli Studi di Palermo (2011). He’s currently Chair of Aesthetics and Visual Culture at ESAD – Fine Arts and Design Academy in Grenoble (FR), where he founded with Katia Schneller the Research Unit “Hospitalité artistique et Activisme Visuel” (2015 – ongoing). From 2013 to 2017 he has been artistic director of Viafarini – Non profit Organization for Contemporary Artistic Research (Milan, IT). He currently co-directs Live Works – Free School of Performance, a residential platform for research and production in performance founded in 2013 at Centrale Fies (Trento, IT). Since 2014 he co- directs the nomadic curatorial training A Natural Oasis? A transnational Research Programme organized for BJCEM – Biennale de la Jeune Création Européenne et de la Méditerranée. In 2016 one of the ten curator of XVI Quadriennale of Rome, where he presented the curatorial project “Orestiade italiana” dedicated to the amnesia of Italian colonialism. In 2018 he was guest curator at Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen (IT) where he organized the multidimensional project “Somatechnics. Transparent Travelers and Obscure nobodies”. From 2020 to 2021 he was one of the senior curator of “School of Waters – Mediterranea19”; in 2021 one of the tutors of the research program VERSO at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and in 2022 on of the nominators of MAXXI BVLGARI PRIZE (Winner with Alessandra Ferrini). He recently published with Lucrezia Cippitelli the anthology “Colonialità e Culture Visuali in Italia” (Mimesis, 2021). In his academic, curatorial and pedagogical work he questions, through the filter of artistic and visual practices, how the “bodies that we are” struggle for self-determination by negotiating with spaces of privilege and spaces of subordination. From a methodological point of view, particular attention is paid to the normative attributions of gender, race and class in an intersectional perspective. The thematic axes of Frangi’s research are the use of theory as a form of direct action, visual studies as a place of critical struggle, the political function of cultural research and the expansion of the operationality of art criticism to social criticism
Svetlana Racanović is art historian, contemporary art critic and curator from Montenegro. She holds Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Studies of Modern arts and Media. Since 1996, she has been active as art critic and as curator of number of art exhibitions in Montenegro and abroad including two presentations of Montenegro at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and 2011. She published two books, one that relates Marina Abramovic’s oeuvre (Marina Abramović – Od reza do šava (2019) Beograd, the other that relates Montenegrin art scene around 2000 (Milenijumski bag?! – Crnogorska umjetnička scena oko 2000: (2009) Podgorica. She was Fulbright Scholarship Grantee (Research Scholar) in New York City in 2014.