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March 9, 2024
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

The role of the border zones in both geo-political and metaphorical senses is central to Fiamma Montezemolo’s interdisciplinary practice. An artist and cultural anthropologist, her imagined and conceptual mediations in videos and installations use poetic and documentary strategies to pose questions about cultural positions and experiences in art and life. The artist joins Betti-Sue Hertz, Director and Chief Curator, Wallach Art Gallery, and Martina Angelotti, Director, ON Bologna, for a discussion on the evolution of her work and the look ahead for her practice. 

The event is part of the project publication Hidden in Plain Sight, supported by the Italian Council (2022), Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity, Italian Ministry of Culture. 

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Martina Angelotti is an art curator and writer who conceives and produces exhibitions, performances and contemporary art projects, including film festivals, workshops, conferences and publications.  She is currently curator of the Department of Visual Art at Fondazione Ratti (Como) and artistic director and founder of ON (Bologna), a project dedicated to the relationship between art and the public sphere. From 2014 to 2020 she was artistic director of Careof(Milan). She lectures widely and teaches at the Catholic University at the MA MEC and the MA in Moving Images, IUAV (Venice). She was a lecturer in Radical Visual Pedagogy at the Alpen Adria Universitat in Klagenfurt and has led seminars for IED (Florence); EDHEA (Valais) and Academies of Fine Arts. She has published essays and edited artist monographs for Mousse, NERO, Treccani, Postmedia Books. Recent publications include Beyond Archive (2020) for Edizioni di Comunità and editor for Meltemi the Italian edition of The Inheritance (2023), a graphic novel by anthropologist and artist Elizabeth Povinelli.

Betti-Sue Hertz is Director and Chief Curator of Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery. She was the curator of Beyond the Borders: Art By Recent Immigrants, Bronx Museum of the Arts (1994) and adjunct curator, Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art, a program of Insite 2005, San Diego Museum of Art (2005). Her most recent exhibition is Angela Su: Melencolia (2024) for the Wallach Art Gallery. 

Fiamma Montezemolo is an artist (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute) and anthropologist (PhD, University Orientale of Naples). A recognized scholar in border studies, she is professor in the Department of Cinema & Digital Media at the University of California, Davis. Her most recent exhibition highlights include: Baruchello Art Foundation, Rome (2024), La Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2023), Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2019), and Munich Jewish Museum, Germany (2019). She is represented by Magazzino gallery in Rome. Montezemolo is widely published and the author of two monographs: on Zapatismo and on Chicano/a politics of representation, as well as co-author (with Rene’ Peralta and Heriberto Yepez) of Here is Tijuana (Blackdog Publishing, London, 2006) and co-editor (with Josh Kun) of Tijuana Dreaming, Life and Art at the Global Border (Duke U. Press, 2012). In 2022, she was awarded the Italian Council Minister of Culture Contemporary Art award in collaboration with On Public and Nero Editions and her book Hidden in Plain Sight is coming out in April 2024.


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