SCIENTIFIC BOARD AND CURATORS

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FRANCESCA MALGARA
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
SCIENTIFIC BOARD MEMBER

Francesca Malgara graduated with a BA Honors degree in Photography & Multimedia from the University of Westminster, London, where she lived until the end of the 90s.
She worked for Michael Hoppen Gallery (London) curating exhibitions and looking after the gallery’s collectors. From 1999 onwards she has collaborated with other galleries (Photology GalleryRobilant + Voena) organizing the exhibitions: “100 for 2000, The Century of Photoart” (Bologna), “Julian Schnabel“ (2005, Rome Palazzo Venezia, 2007, Milan, Rotonda della Besana, 2011, Venice Museo Correr), as well as being active in fund raising and communication fields.
Since 2006 she has been involved in the organization of art fairs, such as Mint and MIA Fair and this has enabled her to establish an extensive network of contacts among galleries and collectors worldwide.
She is a nominator for the famous photography award Prix Pictet.

PHOTO: Tassili Calatroni
DOMENICO DE CHIRICO
CURATOR OF Beyond Photography – Dialogue Section
SCIENTIFIC BOARD member

Domenico de Chirico is an independent curator from Italy. Born in Terlizzi, Bari, Italy in 1983, he lives and works in Milan. He graduated with honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Bari (UNIBA), with a final dissertation dealing with Comparative History of Art in European Countries (with a particular focus on Dan and Lia Perjovschi). From 2011 until 2015 he was a professor in Visual Culture and Trend Research at Milan’s European Institute of Design (IED). He collaborates with a number of international artists, galleries, institutions, art fairs, art prizes, and magazines worldwide. He has been artistic director at DAMA Fair, Turin, Italy (2016-2019). He was also a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018), a member of the Network Event for Young Curators, LISTE – Art Fair Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2018) and a visiting professor at NICE – Course For Curators Of Contemporary Art Exhibitions in Turin, UMPRUM – Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan and at The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Ongoing and upcoming projects and researches: Swab Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain (committee member); MIA Photo Fair, Milan, Italy (member of the scientific board and curator of the section “Beyond Photography – Dialogue”); Prisma Art Prize, Rome, Italy (curator); Swiss Institute, Rome, Italy (visiting curator); ORTIGIA CONTEMPORANEA 2024 – Contemporary Art Festival, Syracuse, Sicily (artistic director). Upcoming exhibitions in various venues and cities, among which: Milan, Luzern, Rome, Bologna, Hong Kong, Stockholm, São Paulo, Antwerp, Todi, Bratislava, Prague, Marseille, Naples, Venice, Monza, and so forth.

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MARIALUISA PASTÒ
PROJECT MANAGER OF Beyond Photography – Dialogue Section 
SCIENTIFIC BOARD MEMBER

Marialuisa Pastò is an independent curator and writer living in Milan, Italy. After graduating in Advertising Techniques at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, she holds a master’s degree in Photography and Visual Design from NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. In 2012 she worked in the art department of Barrandov Studios in Prague. From 2015 to 2017 she collaborated with publications including Corriere della Sera. She has been co-director and curator of Soyuz, contemporary art exhibition space based in Pescara, Italy (2017-2020). Since 2018 she is an editor of the contemporary art platform Daily Lazy and since 2021 a member of the jury of the Prisma Art Prize in Rome, Italy. Her reviews, interviews and critical texts have been published in both digital and print form art magazines and she is an author of texts to catalogues as well. She collaborates with manifold contemporary art realities, working closely with international artists, galleries and art fairs such as MIA Photo Fair, Milan, Italy (member of the scientific board and project manager of the section Beyond Photography – Dialogue), Bienvenue Art Fair, Paris, France (associate curator), (un)fair – 2nd edition, Milan, Italy (guest curator).

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EMANUELA MAZZONIS
CURATOR OF REPORTAGE BEYOND REPORTAGE section
SCIENTIFIC BOARD MEMBER

Based in Luxembourg and born in Rome, she graduated cum laude in Art History at La Sapienza, Rome and got a Master Degree in Art Management at Accademia di Brera, Milan. After a first experience in the world of art galleries, working for Francesca Kaufmann, Milan and Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York; she worked for the François Pinault Collection in Venice from 2003 to 2011. From 2012 she started working as freelance curator on different exhibition projects as Addio Anni ’70 in Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2012; The sea is my Land, Artists from the Mediterranean Sea at the Maxxi Museum in Rome and the Triennale in Milan, FRAC, Marseille 2013 -2015 – 2016; Year After Year – opere su carta dalla UBS Art Collection,GAM, Milan, 2014; Don’t shoot the painter – dipinti dalla UBS Art Collection, GAM, Milan, 2015; Me, Family at Mudam, Luxembourg, 2020. She has published essays in different publications as “Artists Interviews” for the Luxembourg Art Week, 2023, 2022; “Stronger than memory and weaker than dewdrops – Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron”, exhibition cat., 2021; “Me, Family – Portrait of a Young Planet”, exhibition cat., DCV, 2020.

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RISCHA PATERLINI
CURATOR OF ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN SECTION
SCIENTIFIC BOARD MEMBER

Rishca Paterlini is an independent curator with over twenty years of experience in the management of high-profile Italian private collections, with an international reach as well. In addition to organizing and curating exhibitions, she continues her research of the new art scene, looking for art forms that have a social appeal, along with supporting artists in the realization of projects. She also collaborated with the Art Defender group, working on the creation and realization of the new video format for the website The collectors.chain, entirely dedicated to collectors. Since 2018 she has been professor of Art Economics and Art Management at NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts) in Milan. She has been registered in the Role of Experts and Experts of the CCIIA of Milan, Monza and Brianza and she writes for Giornale dell’Arte.

CRISTINA CASERO
 CURATOR OF PUBLISHING SECTION

Cristina Casero teaches Theories and Techniques of Photography and Contemporary Art History at the University of Parma, where she is an associate professor. Since 2022, she has been directing the CSAC, the Center for Studies and Archives of Communication. Her studies initially focused on the experiences of Italian figurative culture in the post-war period and Italian nineteenth-century sculpture, with a particular interest in the connections between visual production and the political, social, and civil issues of that time in Italy. Along this line of interest, her investigations have also delved into the last forty years of the twentieth century, particularly focusing on photographic imagery analyzed in its various aspects. Among her most recent contributions, in 2016, she authored the monograph Paola Mattioli: Lo sguardo critico di una fotografa  (Postmedia Books), and in 2020, Gesti di rivolta: Arte, fotografia e femminismo a Milano 1975 – 1980 (Società per l’Enciclopedia delle Donne). In 2021, she curated the volume Fotografia e femminismo nell’Italia degli anni ’70: indagine critica e testimonianza (Postmedia Books) and published the book Uno sguardo che riflette. Ricerche di fotografia concettuale in Italia tra gli anni Sessanta e Settanta (Meltemi).