Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Manuela Pacella was born in Rome in 1977. She completed her primary degree with a monographic dissertation on David Tremlett at “La Sapienza” University of Rome and continued her studies in Contemporary Art History at the University of Siena, where she completed her third grade degree, to which the students enrol after MA’s graduation. She has worked both at public institutions such as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, and at private galleries. Since 2007 she has been working as an independent curator in private and public spaces and writing as an art critic for exhibition’s catalogues and for art magazines. At the same time she carried on her fascination with the history of photography at its beginnings and she specialized in subjects like the relationship between art and photography and family photography. Following the exhibition curated in Belfast in 2012, “Patria Interiore”, she started to develop her interest in Northern Irish History and Art. As a guest curator she realized the exhibition “Lost in Narration. Riccardo Giacconi, Invernomuto, Luca Trevisani” at the MAC in Belfast and she co-curated the second Curatorial Directions at the MAC, focused on the importance of text, narration, and story-telling in relation to exhibition making with workshops and talks in Belfast and Milan. In 2015 and 2016 was Editorial Researcher and Coordinator at NERO (Rome) and actually works as a freelance curator between Italy, Austria and Ireland and writes regularly for “Flash Art” (Italian edition), “springerin” (Vienna), and “Visual Artists’ News Sheet” (Dublin).
Fragments: Identities under Construction takes as its starting point the idea of the constitution or reaffirmation of a personal and/or national identity…read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.read more »