Manuela Pacella – born in Rome in 1977 – is a freelance curator and interdisciplinary writer.
She works mainly between Rome and Helsinki (Finland), with frequent and long stays in her beloved Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Following the exhibition curated in Belfast at the Golden Thread Gallery in 2012, Patria Interiore, she started to develop an interest in the history and art of Northern Ireland thanks to being selected in 2013 for the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive at the CCA in Derry and for the International Residency at Flax Art studios in Belfast.
Between 2015 and 2016 she was Managing Editor for art publications and Researcher for the web magazine at NERO Editions.
In 2017 she curated Lost in Narration. Riccardo Giacconi, Invernomuto, Luca Trevisani exhibition at the MAC in Belfast and co-curated the second Curatorial Directions, focusing on the importance of text, narration, and story-telling in relation to the curatorial process with workshops and talks in Belfast and Milan.
She recently published the bilingual monographic essay Bertille Bak. The Fairy Tale of the Real (postmedia books, Milan) and writes regularly for “Flash Art” (Italian and International editions) and for “The Visual Artists’ News Sheet” (Dublin).
As an independent curator she works on cultural exchanges between Italy, Ireland, UK, Austria and Finland.
The content of this website is made out of a selection of exhibitions and projects curated in latest years. The texts – books, essays, articles or reviews – are selected between those translated and/or published in English.
For a complete list of exhibitions and texts as well as for more info about my professional experience see my full CV.