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Biography

I am an artist, a teacher, and a scholar from Italy. I integrate the study of language, literature, and history with the study of the creative arts, art history, popular cultures, and media. Together with my students, I investigate how languages perform within cultures and vice versa, and explore notions of identity and nationhood in Italy and Europe through the lens of the performing and visual arts, and creative practices. My classes focus on the link between Italy and the rest of Europe, Australia, and beyond, emphasising the relationship between past and present, traditions and contemporaneity. This approach enables the analysis of phenomena such as migration, nation-building processes, criminality, gender performance from both a local and a global perspective, through a variety of mediums (from literature to images to music). 

I have taught Italian language, history, art history, and culture for about 15 years at Italian and Australian Institutions, including at the Italian Institute of Culture in Melbourne and at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. I have extensive experience teaching in Primary and Secondary Education as well, to students of diverse social and cultural backgrounds and abilities, including special-need students. Empathy and the human touch are core aspects of my teaching approach, which is informed by my knowledge of embodied practices and performative strategies. 

Formally trained in visual and performing arts, art history, theory and critic at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts (IT), I have then completed my PhD at Monash University (Centre for Theatre and Performance) in 2019 with a practice-led thesis in performance art. I have performed, exhibited, and presented my work internationally, including at BOAA – Biennale of Australian Art, Daegu Art Factory (SK), Performance Studies International Conference, the MAXXI Museum in Rome (IT), and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (TK). I have recently curated an exhibition of Australian performance artist Stelarc at the University of Biesko-Biala, PL (2021), where I will be a key-note speaker at the 3rd International Conference "Theatricality and Antitheatricality", in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires, RA (2022).

Throughout the years, I have worked extensively as a researcher and a curator in interdisciplinary, community-engaged art projects both in Europe and Australia, in partnerships with institutions such as the Polytechnic of Turin (Architecture), UniCredit Bank (IT/DE), the Italian Ministry of Justice, and the City of Melbourne. Since 2019, I am a member of the Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee for Public Art & Community Engagement (Brimbank City Council, VIC). My interest in making socially-engaged, site-specific art within communities reflects in my research: I have published internationally on performance and public art, artivism, embodiment, documentation, and audience reception. 

As an expat obsessed with the humans-space relationship and the socio-political aspect of art, I currently research on the body-place relationship, identity and sense of belonging as permeable processes, through a interdisciplinary and phenomenological approach.

I am a registered supervisor willing to supervise as Associate. 

 

 

Research interests

Italian Studies; European Studies; Teaching & Learning Methodologies; Performance Studies; Performance Art & Embodied Practices; Practice-as-Research (PaR); Art History; Fine, Visual, and Performing Arts; Art & Activism (artivism); Space & Place Studies; Migration Studies; Participatory & Interdisciplinary Research. 

Monash teaching commitment

ATS1222 - Italian Introductory 2

ATS2223 - Italian Intermediate 1 

ATS2224 - Italian Intermediate 2

ATS2225/3225 - Italian Proficient 1

ATS3271 - European Languages Advanced 2

ATS3294 - European Languages Project

ATS2213 - Imagining Europe

ATS3293 - Power, place and people: European legacies, global resistance, and transculturation

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Theatre and Performance, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

23 Feb 201513 Nov 2019

Award Date: 13 Nov 2019

Visual and Performing Arts, MA, Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin (IT)

Award Date: 19 Mar 2012

Fine Arts and Art History, Academic Diploma (Hons), Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin (IT)

Award Date: 22 Oct 2007

External positions

Arts Advisory Committee Member, Brimbank City Council

1 Sep 2019 → …

Guest lecturer, Melbourne Italian Institute of Culture

Mar 2018Jun 2018

Italian Culture and Language (L2) Teacher (Italian Studies) , Melbourne Italian Institute of Culture

Jan 2018Jun 2018

Italian Art, Culture, Language (L2) Teacher (Italian Studies) , Centre of Italian Studies

Sep 2014Jul 2016

Art Tutor, Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin (IT)

Nov 2011Oct 2013

Appointed Teacher, Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita e della Ricerca (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Italy))

Sep 2004Jan 2014

Research area keywords

  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Italian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Performance Art
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Continental philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Space & Place
  • Migration Studies
  • Practice as Research
  • Practice-based research
  • Language & Culture
  • Bodies
  • Improvisation
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Performance Studies

Network

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