FRANCESCA SERAVALLE

Venetian, award-winning independent curator majored with a first class degree in History of Contemporary Art, she has studied in both Venice and Paris winning a University fellowship at Magnum Photos Paris’ archives. Over the past ten years she has worked as a producer for both exhibitions and books, supporting over sixty photographers including Koudelka and D’Agata. Francesca’s work is linked to the production of a number of projects for Magnum Photos, both in Paris and Milan. Her recent works as a curator, writer and researcher include Shining in absence book (AMC - Kessels); Mother Nature (RVB - Kessels); Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi book (SPBH) and shows in Europe (Foam Museum in Amsterdam, CNA Luxembourg, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, in Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and at IMA Gallery Tokyo); Alex & Me by James Pfaff (Montanari). Francesca teaches artist development in Milan at Officine Fotografiche; she supports photographers in discovering their own identity and in building the concept and the layout of their book and exhibition.

In 2015 with the “Until Proven Otherwise / On the Evidence of the First Photos”, exhibited at Format Festival, she won the Paul Hill Exposure FORMAT15 Award. The project is a body of “archaeological research” aiming to prove the authenticity of commonly accepted First Photos. The exhibition became an Open Air Museum and an Urban Intervention. Large prints historical photographs were woven into the urban environment, firstly in Bari in 2015, invited by Planar and than at Puntasecca in 2016 for Gazebook Festival. In November 2016 the project was exhibited with a new installation at the Wroclaw Museum to celebrate the European Capital of Culture. The obsession of the First Time continues in her curatorial practice with the project Everything has its First Time where Francesca digs up many archetypes of our contemporary society and transforms archival materials into conceptual art. Her new works include the exhibition Quantum Pixel at Brighton Festival of Art in 2016, the video Secret Communication at London Photo Fair 2016, Venice Film Festival 2016, Photo Saint Germain, Paris 2017, Fabrica x Aquagranda at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Gallery, Venice 2016 the video Ca’ Pesaro’s women commissioned and presented at Ca’ Pesaro, Museum of Modern Art of Venice, 2017. Her last curatorial works was for exhibition shown in Fotografia Europea 2017. In September 2017 she was invited to do an audio performance for the collective POIUYT at UNSEEN Festival. She currently lives between London and Venice where she has been leading a group of curators and archival researchers at Fabrica. Currently she is curating and designing Alex & Me solo show by James Pfaff, with painting and installation on archival material, at the Street Level Photoworks Gallery during Glasgow International in April 2018 and the new book Alex & Me – Coda with Montanari publishing.

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