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Manuela Pacella (Rome, 1977) is an art historian and critic. As a freelance curator, she works on cultural exchanges between Italy and some countries of central and northern Europe. In particular, she is an expert on the Northern Ireland art scene where she has been working since 2011 and where she attended the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive at the CCA in Derry and the International Residency at Flax Art studios in Belfast (both in 2013). As a guest curator, she realized in 2017 the exhibition Lost in Narration. Riccardo Giacconi, Invernomuto e Luca Trevisani at the MAC in Belfast and led the second Curatorial Directions 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 she was Editorial Researcher and Coordinator at NERO (Rome). She writes regularly for exhibitions’ catalogs and books as well as for art magazines such as “Flash Art” (Italian and International editions), “The Visual Artists’ News Sheet” (Dublin), and NERO Editions (Rome). Her monographic essay on the young French artist Bertille Bak, The Fairy Tale of the Real, was published in 2018 by postmedia books (Milan).
She is Adjunct Professor at IED and at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome.
Her strong interest in experimental and critical writing developed in a series of projects, workshops, and lectures at universities and other institutions giving her a solid foundation for the conception of the online platform Ruth launched in Autumn 2020 thanks to a partnership with NERO. In 2020 she also launched on “Flash Art” (Italian edition) the monthly online column Tell me Stories! focused on writers and authors who have been experimenting with creative and critical writing and who are still little known in Italy, being the very first reference of this kind in Italy.
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 »