Francesco Manacorda is an independent curator based in London. He graduated from the University of Turin and received an M.A. in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2003. Earlier this year he was appointed artistic director of the 2010 Artissima, the international art fair of contemporary art in Turin (opening November 2010). He worked as a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2007–09, and his freelance practice has included curating Subcontinent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2006) and national pavilions at the 52nd Venice Biennale (Tobias Putrih, Slovenian Pavilion, 2007 and Francis Upritchard, New Zealand Pavilion, 2009). Manacorda is also currently a visiting lecturer in exhibition history and critical theory in the Curating Contemporary Art department at the Royal College of Art, London. He has written extensively for Domus, Flash Art Italia, Flash Art International, Frieze, Metropolis M, Piktogram, Untitled, and Art Review.
Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.