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Facing New Challenges | A Conversation with November Paynter (Artistic Director, MOCA) and Cristiana Perrella (Director, Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art)



Facing New Challenges | A Conversation with November Paynter (Artistic Director, MOCA) and Cristiana Perrella (Director, Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art)

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto will host a conversation with the Director of the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Cristiana Perrella and November Paynter, Artistic Director of Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Art critic Barbara Casavecchia will moderate the discussion on connecting local art communities in global perspectives.

The webinar is part of the sixteenth edition of Italian Contemporary Art (Giornata del Contemporaneo), promoted by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums), in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Each year, museums, foundations and public and private institutions are invited to speak about the vitality of contemporary art in Italy.


Born in the UK and holding an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London, Paynter joined MOCA in 2017 from SALT, Istanbul and Ankara where she was founding Associate Director of Research and Programs from 2011 – 2016. In this role, she headed the visual arts programming across three venues and acted as project leader for the institution’s participation in the museum confederation L’Internationale. Paynter’s previous posts include Director of the Artist Pension Trust, Dubai; Consultant Curator, Tate Modern; Assistant Curator, 9th International Istanbul Biennial and Curator of Platform Garanti, Istanbul. Her recent editorial project VOTI Union of the Imaginary was published by Buchhandlung Walther König in 2016. In 2017, Paynter sat on the panel of judges for the Jameel Prize 5 organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Curator and art critic, Cristiana Perrella (Rome, 1965) directed the Contemporary Arts Program of the British School at Rome from 1998 to 2008, where she held exhibitions by artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Francesco Vezzoli, Sam Taylor Wood, Richard Billingham, Martin Creed, Mark Wallinger, Yinka Shonibare, Leigh Bowery, Mike Nelson, Ian Kiaer, Jonathan Monk, Douglas Gordon, often commissioning and producing new works. She also curated many projects related to video-art including Sweetie- Female Identity in British Video and VideoVibe- Art, Music and Video in the UK. As an independent curator she collaborated with Italian and international institutions, such as MAXXI, in Rome, where she curated -on the occasion of the opening of the museum in May 2010- Kutlug Ataman Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, in 2012 the performance festival VIVA performance lab (with Tania Bruguera) and in 2015 a major new project by Adrian Paci, Sue Proprie Mani. From 2009 to 2017 she has been the art curator of Fondazione Golinelli, in Bologna, where she delivered a series of exhibitions focused on the relationship between art and science. She was one of the curators of the last edition of the Quadriennale di Roma, in 2016.


Barbara Casavecchia is a writer, independent curator and educator based in Milan, where she teaches at Brera art academy. She graduated in art history from the University of Pavia and got scholarships for Reading University, UK, and CUNY – Graduate Center, NY. She attended Scuola di Specializzazione in Storia dell’Arte, Milan University, but didn’t file her final dissertation because she started to work. Contributing editor for Frieze, her articles and essays have appeared in Art Agenda, Art Review, D/La Repubblica, Flash Art, Mousse, South/documenta 14, Spike, among others, as well as in several artist books and catalogues. In 2014, she co-curated the retrospective Maria Lai. Ricucire il mondo at MAN, Nuoro (with Lorenzo Giusti). In 2018, she curated the exhibition Susan Hiller. Social Facts, at OGR, Turin. From 2008 through 2017, she co-curated with Andrea Zegna the public art project All’Aperto (Fondazione Zegna, Trivero, IT), with community projects and permanent site-specific installations by Daniel Buren, Alberto Garutti, Stefano Arienti, Roman Signer, Marcello Maloberti, Dan Graham, Liliana Moro; Alek O., Laura Pugno, Valentina Vetturi.




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Date: Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Time: At 12:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto | amaci

In collaboration with : Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

Entrance : Free


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