Italy, Art Critic
Igor Efrem Zanti was born in 1973 in Milan. He is graduated in modern literature at the University of Milan with a thesis on the Medieval and Modern Art History.
For several years he carries out different activities as a critic and curator of contemporary art and applied arts exhibitions. He conceived in 2006, with Arte Laguna of Mogliano Veneto (Treviso), the "Arte Laguna Prize", he was the curator for painting and photography sections during the 2006 and 2007 editions, the president of the Jury for the sculpture section during the 2008 and 2009 editions. In 2008 he was the artistic director of the Brolo Museum - Art and Culture Centre in Mogliano Veneto (Treviso).
In the early 2008, he conceived the project “Dadaumpop” for defining and promoting the New Pop movement in Italy. The project Dadaumpop was exhibited at the beginning of 2011 in India with the support of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Embassy in New Delhi, an the Italian Cultural institute. Since 2009 has been the artistic consultant for the Art Club International of Lugano and he teaches visual communication and contemporary art phenomenology at the IED College of Milan.
In the 2009 he became chief curator at Arte Laguna Prizes. He collaborates with the Italian National Trust (FAI) for the organization of the annual film festival dedicated to the relationship between art and cinema. He collaborates with Italian and international galleries and museums.
Italy, Director of Festival Uovo
Graduated in Economics with a Thesis on mafia economy, he is a curator, cultural organizer and consultant for institutions and companies in the field of creativity and artistic production. He is the superintendant of Teatro Grande Foundation of Brescia (teatrogrande.it) and art director of Uovo (uovoproject.it), an independent organization for the creation and development of projects on contemporary culture, focusing especially on performing arts.
Italy, Director of Musei Civici of Venice
Gabriella Belli graduated and specialized in History of Modern and Contemporary Art. After working for some time at the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Trentino, in 1981 she started to deal with the project of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of the autonomous Province of Trento.
Since November 2011 she has been the Director of Musei Civici Veneziani.
From 1989 to 2011 she directed MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto (Palazzo delle Albere in Trento, the Depero Futurist Art House and MART of Corso Bettini in Rovereto).
Beside the institutional activity, she has curated more than 60 exhibitions, especially linked to futurism and Italian painting of the early 20th century.
She is a member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Italian Culture Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is part of the ministerial technical-scientific committee for urban and architectural quality and for contemporary art of the Supreme Council of Cultural Heritage. Since 2002 she has been the President of AMACI. Recently she has been appointed Knight of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
United States, Curator of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington
Adam Budak is currently International Curator for Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution.
Up to last year he was curator for contemporary art at the Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria. He studied theatre studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and history and philosophy of art and architecture at the Central European University in Prague. He has recently co-established the postgraduate studies programme in curatorial practice and theory at the Art History Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Adam Budak has curated “Architectures: Metastructures of Humanity, Morphic Strategies of Exposure”, exhibition in the Polish Pavilion of the 9th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, 2004. He worked with acclaimed artists such as Louise Bourgeois, John Baldessari, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Cerith Wyn Evans and Monika Sosnowska, and has curated a large number of international exhibitions. Adam Budak is the co-curator of MANIFESTA 7 ("Principle Hope"), Trentino Alto Adige, Summer 2008.
His recent exhibitions include: "Il Grande Ritratto" by Tatiana Trouve and "The World of Gimel" by Antje Majewski (both in Kunsthaus Graz) as well as "Beyond. Condition of Contemporary Photography" at KUMU Modern Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia. he is currently working on a solo show of Libia Castro and Olafur Olafsson for TENT (Rotterdam) and is preparing the Hirshhorn's 40th anniversary collection show.
China, independent curator; Founder and Director of Lab-Yit | the Italian Contemporary Art Platform in China
Independent curator born in 1979 in Verona, Italy.
Currently lives and works in Beijing.
Cecilia Freschini is an independent curator currently based in Beijing. In 2009 she was Director and Curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the 4th Prague Biennial, with the project “China Box”. After working partnerships with cultural institution and private galleries, in 2005 Cecilia moved to China. Fascinated by the dynamic environment in China she has curated several cultural projects between Europe and China. She has specialized in contemporary Chinese visual and performing arts, succeeding in organizing several exchanges and collaborations with international galleries, institutions, biennales and art fairs. Her writings on contemporary art and market appear regularly on magazines, websites, books and exhibition catalogues both in China and world wide. Cecilia Freschini has graduated from the International Finance & Economy Department of Bologna University, with a specialization’s degree in Contemporary Art Management in 2004.
In 2010, she founded Lab-Yit | The Italian contemporary art Platform in China, an independent art organization that aims to bring Italian and Chinese art community closer each other, in order to support, promote and give visibility to the Italian contemporary art scene in China.
Italy, Senior editor of AD, Digital Art Curator
Mario Gerosa (1963), journalist and autor, studied architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, graduating in 1987 with a thesis on the imaginary places described in A la recherche du temps perdu, by Proust.
He created and curated the exhibitions: “Proust au Grand Hotel de Balbec” (Palazzo Sormani, Milan), dedicated to the hotel described in A la recherche du temps perdu; “Le camere del delitto. Gli interni mentali di John Dickson Carr” (Mysfest, Cattolica), dedicated to the interiors of the thrillers linked to the “locked rooms murders”; “Rinascimento virtuale” the first exhibition about the art of Second Life, at the Natural History Museum of Florence.
Among his books, Mondi Virtuali (with Aurélien Pfeffer, Castelvecchi, 2006), Second Life (Meltemi, 2007) and Rinascimento Virtuale (Meltemi, 2008), l cinema di Terence Young (Il Foglio, 2009), Robert Fuest e l’abominevole Dottor Phibes (Falsopiano, 2011), Cinema e tecnologia (curated by, Edizioni Le Mani, 2011).
He teached Multimedia and Virtual Landscapes at the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico in Milan and is a member of the OMNSH, Observatoire des Mondes Numériques en Sciences Humaines in Paris. Currently he is senior editor of AD Architectural Digest.
Great Britain, Expert in International Contemporary Art for Sotheby's
Lina Lazaar has an M.A. in Statistics and M.A in Art History and is a specialist at Sotheby's London in Post War and Contemporary Art. Her passion for Arab and Iranian Contemporary Art led Sotheby's to hold their first European auctions in this category in 2006. Since then she has curated these sales annually and significantly increased the international exposure and discussion of Middle Eastern contemporary art. Lina is the associate editor of the publishing forum Ibraaz and member of the Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee of the Tate in London.
India, Founder and Chief Curator of Chameleon Art Projects & and India Editor for Flash Art
Kanchi Mehta, the Founder and Chief Curator of Chameleon Art Projects is an artist, with a Bachelor's degree in Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. After her Postgraduate degree in Art History and Connoisseurship at Christie’s Education, New York in 2005, she dedicated the next six years to understanding the art market by working integrally with prominent galleries, fairs, artists, biennales, curators and collectors across the world.
Chameleon Art Projects is an initiative aimed to encourage artistic practices across the globe through curated exhibitions, residencies, publications and artist management, to empower the artistic community with the aim to establish stronger foundations for young and experimental artists.
Chameleon has collaborated with several galleries, curators, residencies and publications across the world to encourage inter-cultural exposure for emerging artists.
Switzerland, Director and Curator of Kunsthaus Basel
Sabine Schaschl, born 1967 in Austria, studied Art History at the Vienna University. Since 2001 she is Director and Curator of Kunsthaus Baselland in Basel. Schaschl has curated numerous international exhibitions such as On the metaphor of growth, Cooling Out – on the paradox of feminism, The Need to Document as well as monographic exhibitions with Omer Fast, Javier Téllez, Keren Cytter, Yael Bartana, Yang Fudong, Sofie Thorsen and Carlos Garaicoa. As a free-lance curator she worked for the Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Kunsthalle Vienna, ARCO Madrid, Alcala 31 Madrid, Shed im Eisenwerk at Frauenfeld, Frac Paca in Marseille and Crac Sète. She was elected Austrian National Curator for the 3rd Biennial of Cetinje/Montenegro. Schaschl regularly writes and publishes on contemporary art. Currently she is member of the art commission of the Austrian Ministry for Culture and Education. She was awarded Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic and received the Swiss Art Award. Starting from 1st May she will be Director and Curator of Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich.
Germany, Independent Curator
Felix Schöber is an independent curator working with contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese art since 1996.
He was born in 1969 in Munich, Bavaria. He graduated at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, with a thesis on the history of Taiwanese contemporary art, and he earned a PhD from Westminster University in London, researching the representation of the nation in Taiwanese contemporary art. He is teaching as guest lecturer at Sotheby's Institute in London. Since 1996 he has curated a number of exhibitions, among which: city.nature, Masterpiece Art Center, Taipei 1996, Inhaling Space, Exhaling Time, IT Park Gallery, Taipei 1999, sichere freiheit, Lothringer13/LADEN, Munchen 2003, taiwan art/film/video, Lothringer13/LADEN, Lothringer13/spiegel, Munchen 2003, The Age of Transformation, MoCA Shanghai, 2006, Temple of Sublime Beauty, Made in Taiwan, Venice Biennale, collateral event, 2009, The colour is bright, the beauty is generous, Centro Pecci, Prato 2010, Future Pass, Venice Biennale, collateral event, 2011.
Italy, Art Historian and Cultural Manager
Claudia Zanfi is an art historian and cultural promoter.
She graduated at DAMS of Bologna in Semiotics of Art with Paolo Fabbri and Umberto Eco.
She is interested in emerging cultures, microgeographies and new landscapes.
From 1995 to 2003 she was curator at Galleria Civica in Modena, Italy, with a special attention for the museum collections (photography and drawing). She directed the multimedia project Virtual Gallery, the first Italian web portal on photography and video art, which was part of a collaboration with the 49th Venice Biennale.
She founded in Milan the cultural organization aMAZElab and Museo Diffuso-MAST (Museo d'Arte Sociale e Territoriale), which she has directed since 2000.
She collaborates with national and international institutions and art magazines and has authored texts in a number of collective and monographic publications.
She promotes a range of cultural and editorial projects, with a particular emphasis on social issues and the relationship between community and territory, including: A Ticket to Bagdad; Transcrossing Memories Nicosia; Re-Thinking Beirut; Atlante Mediterraneo; Arcipelago Balkani; The Mobile Garden; Green Island, piazze, isole e verde urbano.
She created GOING PUBLIC, a project on public art and contemporary society, and GREEN ISLAND - Zona Isola Milano, a project on urban green areas and sustainability.
From 2007 to 2009 she was associate curator at 'Arnolfini Art Center' in Bristol for the project Port City. Since 1999 she has been the curator of the archives of photographer-anthropologist Bill Owens.
She lectured at the Master in Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera; she is a lecturer at the International Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design at Domus Academy in Milan; she is visiting professor at Middlesex University in London.