Michela Lupieri is an Italian independent contemporary art researcher, curator and writer.
She studied Art Theory, Visual and Performing Arts at IUAV University in Venice where she obtained a Master in contemporary art and curatorial practices.
As assistant curator she worked for Dolomiti Contemporanee and RAVE – East Village Artist Residency, cooperating closely with emergent as well as established international artists. As independent curator her main interest is develop long-term curatorial projects into non institutional or unconventional places. Since 2011 she is co-founder of Trial Version, based in Florence on abandoned spaces, with which she took part at the Arts for the City Festival in St. Petersburg in 2015, where she worked on a participatory project with the local community. In 2016 she co-ideated Walking. Arte in cammino, based in the mountain area of Carnia land in Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Placed on the Austrian border, it’s aim is to connect the walking habit to the artistic practice, inviting contemporary artists to produce new works for specific mountain paths. During the same year she was guest curator both in Coefficiente H, an artistic residency program based in Tuscan countryside, and in Piazza + in Padua, where she led a one day workshop focused on community practices. She also led lectures in several artistic institution both in Italy and abroad.
By means of a ‘lateral and decentralized’ research and curatorship, her intention is to reshape and redefine the semantic borders of some typical contradictory themes: center and periphery, unsoiled versus built environment, public and private system, art system and local community. The aim is to set the basis for a collective thinking that abolishes the distance between the artistic disciplines and the audience, both belonging to arts sector and common people.
She currently works as freelance. For her last project, set at Palazzo Frisacco in Tolmezzo, she curated an exhibition about the collection of Pier Paolo Pasolini, which is part of Egidio Marzona’s Avant-garde archive.