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Lavinia Filippi

MA work


PROJECT_16 began at the beginning of 2015 with a simple question: ‘How would you like art to engage with your city in 2016?’. Comprised of three site-specific projects in the streets of Lahore, São Paulo and London, PROJECT_16 collaborated with artists engaged with participatory practices to reflect on questions of public space and its audiences.


Emerging artist Paula Nishijima (São Paulo), Emma Smith (London) and the recently created Awami Art Collective (Lahore) propose A project for people I don’t know, Chora and Black Spring respectively, in which they directly engage audiences of their cities to discuss art, their locality and the state of the world. 

Conceived as curatorial research to challenge the principle of the ‘contemporary’ exemplified by biennales, PROJECT_16 is the first initiative of a network of artists, designers, curators, audiences and professionals from different domains to discuss, share and plan for the future through art. Developed by Barcelona based designers Eva Domènech, Laura Quintana and Claudia Oliveira, the website acts as a public domain where to address the query ‘what do we want to add to the world and why?’ (Maria Lind, Art Forum, October 2009).

Curators: Lavinia Filippi and Amanda Masha Caminals


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2016

  • Since I was born I have been moving, for different reasons, from a country to another for periods of time going from one to six years. My personal experience characterised by constant relocations allowed me to understand three important factors, which informed and continue to influence my curatorial practice. Firstly, the world is less global than one might think. Secondly, the perception of a place varies when it is looked at from the inside rather than the outside. Finally, the Internet is fundamentally changing the way people around the globe connect, how data is spread and archived and how culture is produced and distributed.

    In my dissertation I proposed the term ‘semi-nomadic’ to define the condition I share with a number of curators. The acknowledgment of local expertise, together with a more collaborative approach and a renewed attention towards audiences and translocal dialogue, are shaping both the motives and the outcomes of what I describe as the semi-nomadic curatorial practice. As a semi-nomadic curator, my intention is to explore the specificities of a given context, look at first-hand interactions and focus on shared urgencies, with a more affective approach, which is at the same time informed and collaborative. I believe that art can affect change by interfacing with reality, by going out of its confinement and interacting with other fields, and by actively engaging audiences.

    The desire to test the implications of the semi-nomadic approach and expand its horizon of action motivated the curatorial framework of PROJECT_16, the initiative I co-curated as part of the 2016 MA graduation show at the RCA. The premise of PROJECT_16 develops from the belief that the current modes of interaction between art and its audience do not always encourage critical thinking and social change. In the light of the above, the project tests an alternative curatorial strategy that consists of giving voice to different localities and supports artists that engage audiences in participatory practices.

    PROJECT_16 is the first initiative of a broader platform an online network that aims to intertwine the various voices to activate collective discourse and actions across different contexts. The semi-nomadic approach is tapping into the economic, political and relational behaviours that shape contemporary culture in the age of the Internet and puts the emphasis on the possibilities that networks of collaboration and knowledge exchange open up for art projects. These networks, which point toward new configurations of the art world’s maps, open up the path to a more affective and dialogical curatorial practice.
  • Degrees

  • MA Art History (cum laude), Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Sapienza – Università di Roma, Italy, 2004; BA Economics, Department of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada, 1999
  • Experience

  • Visiting associate professor, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, 2014; Founder and Curator,, 2009–2012; Cultural correspondent and Art author, RAI, Italian national television, Rome, Italy, 2007–2012; Contributor, Flash Art, ARTEiN, Artribune, ArtNow Pakistan and Muftah
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Stills of Peace and everyday lives’, Fondazione Aria, Cripta della Cattedrale di Atri, Museo Capitolare, Italy, 2014; Art for Peace 2014: The Young Pakistani Vision, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014; I. D., for the Islamabad Literature Festival 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014; FreshAir sur terre, Contemporary Art Foundation Pastificio Cerere, Rome, Italy, 2008; Roma New York, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, Italy, 2006 ; Who’s your Daddy, Galleria Pio Monti, Rome, Italy, 2005
  • Conferences

  • 'Around Arte Povera', National College of Arts, Rawalpindi campus, Pakistan, 2013; 'I.D. Talk with the artists', Islamabad Literature Festival, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014; 'Students workshop', National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, 2014
  • Publications

  • ‘Pakistan, Inshallah!’, Still of Peace and everyday lives, Pescara: Sala Editori, 2014 (exhibition catalogue); Introduction, ‘I.D.’, Islamabad Literature Festival, Islamabad: MyArtWorld, 2014 (exhibition catalogue); ‘Travolti da un insolito destino’, The Collaboration, Milano: Silvana Editoriale, 2009 (exhibition catalogue); ‘Fresh Air sur Terre’, Yearly Book 2008 for the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome: Pastificio Cerere, 2009; ‘Achille Bonito Oliva e l’Asta di Beneficenza’, Interview Achille Bonito Oliva, Catalogue for auction Artist for Africa. Il mondo dell’arte corre in soccorso dell’Africa, Spoleto, Italy, February 2008; ‘Jasmine Bertusi Roma New York’, New York, Roma, Rome, Italy, Rome: JB, 2006 (exhibition catalogue); ‘Ritmo Eroico’, Indagine su Latina, Associazione culturale Stoà, Regione Lazio, Pontinia (LT), Italy, 2006 (exhibition catalogue); ‘Who is your Daddy?’, Achille Bonito Oliva, Lavinia Filippi, Galleria Pio Monti, Rome, Italy, 2005 (exhibition catalogue)