Barbara Casavecchia is a writer, independent curator and educator based in Milan, where she teaches at Brera art academy. She graduated in art history from the University of Pavia and got scholarships for Reading University, UK, and CUNY – Graduate Center, NY. She attended Scuola di Specializzazione in Storia dell’Arte, Milan University, but didn’t file her final dissertation because she started to work. In 2017/18, with other two professors at Brera, Lucrezia Cippitelli and Simone Frangi, she organized the research project Coloniality and Visual Cultures (comprising a year-long seminar, artist-run workshops, a screening program, a public program and a group exhibition).
Contributing editor for Frieze, her articles and essays have appeared in Art Agenda, Art Review, D/La Repubblica, Flash Art, Mousse, South/documenta 14, Spike, among others, as well as in several artist books and catalogues. In 2014, she co-curated the retrospective Maria Lai. Ricucire il mondo at MAN, Nuoro (with Lorenzo Giusti). In 2018, she curated the exhibition Susan Hiller. Social Facts, at OGR, Turin. From 2008 through 2017, she co-curated with Andrea Zegna the public art project All’Aperto (Fondazione Zegna, Trivero, IT), with community projects and permanent site-specific installations by Daniel Buren, Alberto Garutti, Stefano Arienti, Roman Signer, Marcello Maloberti, Dan Graham, Liliana Moro; Alek O., Laura Pugno, Valentina Vetturi.