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Zacha Cola and Francesca Verga: “Our vision is to promote cultural dialogue between South Tyrol, Italy, and the international scene by viewing art as an extended and lasting educational experience with a social and political role.”

From January 2023, Zacha Kola (India, 1982) and Francesca Verga (Italy, 1989) will take over the technical direction of ar/ge kunst Bozen. She will succeed Emmanuel Guede, whose successful term ends after nine years.

With Zasha Colah and Francesca Verga, two experienced coordinators, who are well networked nationally and internationally, manage the ar/ge kunst. They understand their work as a collaborative artistic activity that encourages artistic and social dialogue. Their common interests lie in collective forms of cultural production, in particular the question of how works of fiction and the great can be shared in common contexts. They see ar/ge kunst as a place for co-creation, co-production, research and education. As a place that values ​​artistic and social dialogue with the ability to develop and propose new visions about contemporary.

The technical management team of Zacha Cola and Francesca Verga was named among the 68 applications by the ar/ge kunst board of directors made up of Karin Welponer (Chairman), Roberto Gigliotti (Vice President), Eva von Ingram Harpf, Josef Rainer and Ina Tartler and Verena Rastner (Manager). Luigi Vassi (Director Artesima in Turin) was entrusted to chair the jury.

Zasha Cola (Mumbai, 1982) is a coordinator and writer. she is studying Storia Comparativa e teoria della curatela At Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Milan 2018-), member of the editorial board Geoarchiv (Meltemi & NABA) and Research Fellow at 221A (Vancouver 2021-). Her PhD thesis (La Sapienza 2020) is about illegal practices and meta-expositions in India and Myanmar since the 1980s. She is the co-founder of the Clark House (Mumbai 2010 – 22) initiative of the Art Galleries Society and Artists Association and co-organizes activities and exhibitions in space and on the street or as a guest at ISCP NY, Ink Yangon, Kadist Paris, SMBA Amsterdam et al (with Somesh Sharma et al., 2010- 15th). Coordination projects include I love you Sugar Ken (ICAIO Port Louis 2016), Prabhakar patchput (with Luca Cerizza, NGMA Mumbai 2016), body baggage (steirischer herbst, Kunsthaus Graz 2016), 3rd Pune Biennale (with Luca Cerizza 2017), 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (curators team led by Marco Scutini 2018), as Associate Artistic Director of Milan Exhibition Archives Monograph by Mona Musi, Annawana Haluba (with Chiara Figon, 2021).

Francesca Verga (Milan, 1989) Exhibition maker, researcher and organizer in the field of visual and performing arts, with experience in managing cultural institutions and art biennials. Verga has served as General Coordinator of Manifesta 12 (Palermo, 2015-2018) and Curator of Manifesta 13 (Marseille, 2019-2020) and Deputy Director of Archives (Milan, 2021-). The online cultural platform Liaux (liaux.org), has launched a series of exhibitions and projects presented in dialogue with immaterial space. Her doctoral thesis at the Department of Arts and Culture at the University of Amsterdam (2022) addressed the tensions between memory, imagination, and imaging in Mike Kelly’s early performances from the 1970s to the 1980s. She has also worked with cultural institutions and universities such as the IED Istituto Europeo di Design (Florence), Museo MACRO (Rome), Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), NEMO The Network of European Museum Organizations (Berlin), Barnard College (Columbia University, New York) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and IMT Schools for Advanced Study (Lucca).

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