Anna Detheridge, visual arts theorist, essayist and journalist. She has curated numerous exhibitions and festivals, including: INNATURA. 10th International Biennial of Photography, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin (2003); Public Art in Italy: the space of relations, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2003) and Images in Power, Fondazione Mazzotta, Milano (1996). She has taught at Milan Polytechnic, at the Bocconi University, at the Iulm University, at the Accademia di Brera and at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She has written for the following periodicals: Il Sole 24 ore, L’INDICE, Estetica, Prometeo, Domus, Il Giornale dell’Arte, Il Globo, 24, Abitare, Specchio, Ottagono, Economia della Cultura and Tafter. In 2001 she founded the non-profit Cultural Association Connecting Cultures, operating in the sphere of cultural policies, public art, design and training. Her most recent published work is Scultori della Speranza, l’Arte nel contesto della Globalizzazione (Einaudi 2012). She lives and works in Milan.

Gabi Scardi, art critic, curator and teacher at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She was consultant for visual art for the Milan Provincial Authority (2005-2009). Since 2011 she has been curator of the project nctm e l’arte. She co-curated CECAC- European Course for Contemporary Art Curators, organised by the Milan Provincial Authority and the Fondazione Ratti (2007- 2008-2009). She has worked as a curator at international museums. She has written and edited (nel testo italiano è “curato”, è corretto questo termine o è meglio curated?) numerous publications including: Paesaggio con figura: Arte, sfera pubblica, trasformazione sociale (Allemandi 2011).

Connecting Cultures, is a non-profit research agency based in Milan, active in the field  of visual arts founded by Anna Detheridge. Our first major initiative “Public Art in Italy: a space for relational art” at Cittadellarte, Biella in 2003 signalled the start of a series of public projects accompanying urban regeneration and in the field of interdisciplinary studies. At present the agency has opened a new field of studies with a multidisciplinary approach in sustainable and ethical fashion. The first important appointment is out of fashion, a masterclass in the culture of aware, ethical and innovative fashion, organised in liaison with prestigious partners including the London College of Fashion and Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré. The exhibition “Fashion as Social Energy”, part of Expo in città initiatives is another step further in this  line of research

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