Barbara Casavecchia is a freelance writer, independent curator and educator based in Venice and Milan, where she teaches at Brera and NABA art academies. She graduated in art history from the University of Pavia. As contributing editor for Frieze (2011-22), her feature articles, essays and reviews–often focused on Italian contemporary art, visual cultures, and feminisms–have appeared in Art Agenda, Artforum, Art Review, La Repubblica, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, Nero, South/documenta 14, Spike, among others, as well as in several artist books and catalogues. In 2018, she curated the exhibition Susan Hiller. Social Facts at OGR, Turin. For the same institution, in 2018 and 2019, she curated the educational project OGR YOU(Young Adults); it included a series of public lecture/performances by contemporary artists, preceded by workshops behind closed doors for a group of students (age 18-20), selected via open call. Artists invited: Roberto Fassone, Angelo Plessas, Slavs&Tatars, Ambra Pittoni and Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano, Gernot Wieland, Eva and Franco Mattes, Invernomuto, Adelita Husni-Bey, Francesco Fonassi, Adam Christensen, Massimo Grimaldi, Elisa Giardina Papa, Luca Garino, Sophie Jung, Diego Marcon. In 2021-23, she led the transdisciplinary curatorial fellowship The Current III Mediterraneans: 'Thus waves come in pairs’ for TBA21-Academy (including two semesters of the online, free-access OCEAN/UNI Imagine the Ocean Dry as Lavender. Mediterraneans as hotspot for climate change and adaptation) and curated the eponymous exhibition at Ocean Space, Venice (April 22-November 5, 2023), with new commissions by Simone Fattal and Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano. She is the editor of the book Thus Waves Come in Pairs. Thinking with the Mediterraneans (2023, Sternberg Press and TBA21).
Barbara Casavecchia’s fellowship at Städelschule is generously made possible by Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst with the QuiS funding program.