Giusy Checola ⁄ founder and director
Giusy Checola (San Severo, Apulia region, 1973) is researcher and curator, she works in Italy and abroad. She’s PhD researcher at University Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis (France) in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technologies of Arts and University of Bergamo (Italy) in Humanistic and Intercultural Studies, where she studies the relationship between artistic place-making, territorialization processes and spatial-temporal dimension of public space and public sphere, in dialogue with cultural geography and geofilosophy.
She’s member of the curatorial board of SoutHeritage Foundation for contemporary art of Matera (Basilicata region, Italy) and she’s among the tutors of the program 2015 of UNIDEE – University of Ideas at Pistoletto Foundation (Biella, Italy). From 2011 she collaborates as consultant and researcher for IPA Institute for Public Art (US/China) and International Award for Excellence in Public Art, promoted by Public Art Review (Forecast Public Art, US) and Public Art China (Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, China). In 2010 she founded Archiviazioni, mobile platform, art residency and first archive in Southern Italy specialized on art, territory and public sphere.
Among the project she has curated there are PASS Produce Art (as) Social Strategy, a multiyear project promoted by Nosadella.due – International Residency for Public art of Bologna (Italy), co-curated together with Elisa Del Prete, concerning the knowledge, the debate and the curatorial and artistic exchange that has involved projects, artists and curators from Egypt, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy and Greece (2008 – 2010); # 1 / Under Construction, a residency program research oriented and publication concerning the production of imaginaries and lifestyles in the contemporary cities, promoted by the association FARE, held in Beirut (Lebanon) at Zico House and in Milan (Italy) at Frigoriferi Milanesi, in collaboration with Ilaria Lupo and partnership with 98weeks (Beritu), with the support of Cariplo Foundation and NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan (2012 and 2013); activities of research support to artists, the latest with Palestinian artist Alaa Abu Asad, for the production of the video work and publication This makes no sense, think of yourself, produced by the association FARE and promoted by Artegiovane Milano within the frame of GAP – Global Art Programme Waiting for Expo 2015.
Angelo Bianco ⁄ co-director
Angelo Bianco (Matera, Basilicata region, 1970) is artist, art critic and curator. He studied architecture and art history at University of Florence, Milan and Paris. From 2004 he’s artistic director of SoutHeritage Foundation for Contemporary Art in matera, where he curates the development of the program and cultural projects and the acquisitions of the foundation’s collection.
His projects have been produced and presented in art institutions such as the Baruchello Foundation for artistic research, Rome; the Ecole d´Arts Appliques, Geneve; Adriano Olivetti Foundation, Rome; International Foundation for Architecture Studies, Naples; 49 Nord – 6 Est F. R. A. C. Lorraine, Metz (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art of Lorraine); Fabbrica Europa Foundation for Contemporary Art, Florence; Pistoletto Foundation, Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy.
He has collaborated with several cultural institutions and museums, in Italy and abroad, included the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; the National Modern Art Gallery and Castello Colonna – International Center for Contemporay Art, Rome; F. R. A. C. Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art of Champagne-Ardenne); Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm; F. R. A. C. Franche-Comté, Besançon (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art of Franche Comte); Noveaux Mécènes Foundation, Rome – Paris; F. R. A. C. Bourgogne, Dijon, France (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art of Burgundy). He’s member of the technical committee for the acquisitions of F. R. A. C. Lorraine in Metz; he has been art consultant for corporates and works as art theoricians for specialized magazines such as Juliet Art Magazine, K/M and Cahier Théorique. He has been included in the annual report 2013 by Flash Art review among the most interesting, influential and reliable art Italian critics and curators.
Pietro Gaglianò ⁄ curator
Art critic and scholar of contemporary languages. Contextually to the studies at the Faculty of Architecture, he has been devoted to the knowledge and analysis of the contemporary visual culture.
His main topics of interest concern the urban, architectural and social context as stage for contemporary artistic practices; the interaction between arts and geopolitical emergency matters; the relationships between visual art experience and theoretical system of performing arts and experimental theatre. He experiments hybrid forms between art and formation, where creative languages are intended and exploited in an anti discrimination function and to increase social awareness. Since 2000 he practices an intense research of writing criticism, curating and events’ planning.
Currently he is coordinator of visual arts projects at the Teatro Studio of Scandicci. He is member of the Executive Board of Associazione Fabbrica Europa, and is curator for Archiviazioni. He collaborates with the project Madeinfilandia (madeinfilandia.org).
From 2004 to 2006 he has been resident curator at “Quarter – Center Art Production”, Florence. From 2004 to 2006 he directed the Angle (Florence), non profit space for exhibitions about architecture, environment and geopolitical emergency. He is the initiator and administrator of the project “Omelette”, between experimental book industry and artist’s multiples (2005-2007). He collaborated with several public and private institutions and art galleries, and several municipal and provincial administrations in Italy. At the Università degli Studi di Firenze he runs an annual workshop about “Art events and public sphere”. Since 2011 he run courses of Performance Art at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (New Academy of Fine Arts). He is the Italian artistic coordinator of the two ongoing international projects included in the network Roots&Routes: “Steps ahead” (Leonardo Da Vinci) and “U-CARE” (“Fundamental Rights and Citizenship” Programme). Among the ongoing projects there is “the Wall (archives)”, an exhibition / archive in progress, which collects contributions on the geopolitical concept of the wall, involving over 170 authors (thewallarchives.com).
Diego Segatto ⁄ architect and visual designer
(Treviso, 1975) Architect, creative director and designer, Diego activates and accompanies processes of transformation.
Multi-disciplinar and relational aspects are pivotal elements of his practice, recognizing in work-group the possibility to include different skills and qualities of the individuals involved, necessary premises for collective creative processes. He narrates projects and visions using different medias.
He’s co-founder at OpenQuadra (Bologna) and participates in Re:Habitat (organism of regeneration) as co-founder and coordinator. He collaborated with the Municiplaity of Venice (Social Politics), the Province of Treviso, Mario Cucinella Architects, Viabizzuno (light design), StellaMaris’ friends onlus. He co-planned and developed with artway of thinking several community-based public art projects like Ms3 – 100 days in the Mainland, Inclusion Refugees Network, Relation:Ships mapping territories.
Diego is also member and designer at Ateliersi, the collective project born from Fiorenza Menni-Teatrino Clandestino with whom he collaborates since 2007.
Roberto Martino ⁄ artist and journalist
Roberto Martino is artis, journalist and General Secretary of the SoutHeritage Foundation for contemporary art of Matera (Italy), where he’s in charge of the organization and management of artistic and cultural programs.
He has worked with several art institutions and museums, in Italy and abroad, among which there are: FRAC Alsace, Selesta; National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Fabbrica Europa Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Florence; FRAC Franche-Comté, Besancon.
He has been consultant for public and private institutions like Fondazione Stelline, Milan and Castello Colonna – International Center for Contemporary Art in Genazzano, Rome. Contemporanea di Genazzano-Roma. He has been founder of the pioneer independent platform STAProject in Florence, one of the first non profit art organizations in Italy.
Association’s members and collaborators
Susanna Ravelli ⁄ EU planner
She lives and works between Cremona and Milan. Susanna is consultant and project manager for Euro planning, regional development strategic programs and network planning of cultural platforms.
She mostly dedicated her research on regional development in valorising and multi-functional promoting of the Veneto-Po Valley waterway system and of the riverfront facing to Po’s river basin. She was envolved in cultural promotion for no-profit organizations.
She worked in the editorial unit of Cross, a magazine about visual art and contemporary culture, and for Opos in Milan, curating exhibitions and events regarding sustainable design and participative processes of urban exploration.