Default 19 – Tutors

Francesca Girelli, Heba Amin, Eleonora Marzani, Claudio Zecchi, Paolo Mele e Domenico Licchelli will be the tutors of Default 19 Masterclass in Residence that will take place in Gagliano del Capo from the 8th to the 13th of October 2019.

🔸Francesca Girelli is a curator and writer based between London. For the past five years she has been working as curator and researcher for Arthub Asia, she is associate editor of Kaleidoscope Asia magazine, and has been part of DEFAULT curatorial team since 2013. In November 2016 Francesca has joined the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum to coordinate the development of a ground-breaking digital project focused on promoting a crosscultural analysis of Western and Asian iconography. She is currently Content Operations Manager at Frieze, London, UK and Curator Ramdom Association, Italy.

🔸Heba Amin is an Egyptian artist and researcher, currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Cairo. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, USA and she is currently the DAAD (German Academic Exchange) grant recipient and grant winner of Rhizome Commissions. Her work and research cover issues related to urban planning, mapping, cinema and technology. Her works have been exhibited all over the world, most recently at the Berlinale – 9th Forum Expanded Exhibition and IV Moscow International Biennial for Young Art, WRO 15th Media Art Biennale (Poland). Her repertoire ranges over several public lectures and many publications.

🔸Eleonora Marzani is a researcher of CHAIA. She conducts a research in practice as a multidisciplinary artist. Coming from a background in performing arts, her work mixes different art forms while exploring intimacy, individual relation to the landscape and context, and audience inclusion and participation. She collaborates with international artists in projects of participatory art as well as performing arts, working as a performer and teacher. CHAIA (Centre for Art History and Artistic Research) is an R&D Unit of the University of Évora (PT) in the areas of Visual Arts, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, History of Art, Theatre and Music.  The Centre includes teaching staff and researchers whose activity of research and study ranges from artistic practices, modes of creation and expression, intervention in space, to historical-artistic legacy, landscape and monuments.

🔸Claudio Zecchi is an independent curator whose research is aimed at investigating new visions and readings of the public sphere analyzing the relationship between the practices, the territory and the local communities. He was part of the curatorial team of the Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe (Ancona, 2013). His research project, which mainly investigates discursive formats, took place at Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (Italy, 2014); Residency Unlimited, NYC (U.S.A. 2015); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (U.K 2016); Pivô Pesquisa, São Paulo (BRA, 2017); TOKAS_Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo (JAP, 2018). From 2018 he joined Ramdom.

🔸Founder of Ramdom together with Luca Coclite, Paolo Mele is PhD in Communication & New Technologies at the IULM University of Milan and a visiting researcher at The New School of New York (USA), Paolo is cultural and digital project manager. He has worked with various international organizations, such as the World Bank, New Art Exchange, Veronesi Foundation, Chivasso Foundation. He was project manager for the BJCEM Biennale of Young Artists from Mediterranean Europe from 2008 to 2012. In 2006, he founded and coordinated the Observatory for Communication Policies (OCP) at the University of Salento. He is currently one of the project managers of Matera Capital of Culture 2019.

🔸Domenico Licchelli (Education and Public Outreach Specialist, Wildlife Photographer – R.P.Feynman Astrophysical Observatory, POLARIS Project and Salento Sommerso). Astrophysicist, specialist in scientific teaching and communication and naturalist photographer. Co-author in the discovery of the extrasolar planet Feynman-01, preceded by those of about forty new variable stars, he has participated in numerous scientific convention, held over 400 conferences, seminars and public observation evenings at Universities, schools and cultural associations. His astronomical and naturalistic images have been published by numerous of specialist magazines, on Italian and international institutions’ website and formed important sections of several thematic exhibitions.


We would like to thank our partners Apulia Region, Arthub Asia (Shanghai), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), CHAIA – Centro de História de Arte e Investigação Artística and Mobility supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) that will support the program.