Denise Araouzou is a curator and researcher. 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 Collective Practices II: Symbiotic Organizations (2021-2022) at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. At the intersection of these two programs, she is working on a research project titled Learning on a damaged planet, supported by KONE Foundation, that actively explores the theoretical, conceptual and practical possibilities of developing eco pedagogies through artistic and curatorial practices, and within their institutional frameworks in Cyprus, Italy, Sweden and Finland. She was one of the members of the curatorial team of School of Waters – Mediterranea 19 and was also a member of the second edition of A Natural Oasis? (2018-2020).
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 has collaborated with many institutions such as: Galleria Nazionale, San Marino; MUSE, Trento; Gamba Castle, Aosta; 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?. With Simone Frangi he was also Senior Curator of School of Waters – Mediterranea 19, San Marino. Among his publications: 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).
Simone Frangi is a researcher and writer working at the intersection of critical thinking, curatorial research, and education. He holds a French-Italian Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Theory of Art, and he currently serves as Professor of Theory of Contemporary Art at Fine Arts and Design Academy in Grenoble (FR), where he founded and coordinates with Katia Schneller the Research Unit”’ Hospitalité artistique et activisme visuel pour une Europe diasporique et post-occidentale” (2015-ongoing). He co-directs Live Works – Free School of Performance at Centrale Fies (Trento, IT) and runs “A Natural Oasis?” A Transnational Research Programme with Alessandro Castiglioni. In 2021 he became Senior Curator of School of Waters – Mediterranea 19. In 2021 he also co-published with Lucrezia Cippitelli the anthology “Colonialità e Culture Visuali in Italia” (Mimesis, 2021).
Svetlana Racanović is art historian, contemporary art critic and curator from Montenegro. She holds Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Studies of Modern arts and Media. She is professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Montenegro from 2018. She is professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Montenegro from 2018. She was visiting professor on post-graduate studies at the University Singidunum, FMK, Belgrade, 2011-2015. Since 1996, she has been active as art critic and as curator of a 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), Geopoetika, Belgrade, the other that relates Montenegrin art scene around 2000 (Milenijumski bag?! – Crnogorska umjetnička scena oko 2000: (2009), CSU, Podgorica. She was a Fulbright Scholarship Grantee (Research Scholar) in New York City in 2014.
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