Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian and visual arts curator with an international practice working across disciplines with artists from various media. She was the Curator and Programming Coordinator at the Luan Gallery and Abbey Road Artists’ Studios, Athlone, Ireland (2022), and recipient of the Arts Grant Funding 2023 from the Arts Council of Ireland. She has over 10 years of curatorial experience and has collaborated with numerous international international institutions, museums, public and private spaces, artists, curators and writers through exhibitions, exchanges, residencies, publications, talks and workshops. She is the recipient of multiple bursaries and awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, Irish Embassy, Mondriaan Foundation, European Programmes for residencies, and other national and local authorities.

Valeria studied Semiotics completing an MA in Communication Science at the University of Turin, Italy, and she studied Contemporary Art completing an MA (Hons) in History of Art at the University of Genoa, Italy. There, she attended the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies.

She was the awardee of the Agility Award 2021 supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, and the Emerging Curator Award 2021 by GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford for her exhibition project Breaking Borders. This group show is involving foreign artists based in Ireland and it aims to bring the attention on social and geopolitical meanings of borders and how art it can help to cross over these physical barriers.

Valeria Ceregini‘s curatorial practice is focused on the intersection of art, curatorial practice, activism and politics such as themes concerning social engagements (i.e. the current social and political changes, new gender identities, and life in times of ecological crisis). Her role as a curator, mentor and facilitator is to support artists from any medium and at any stage of their career in commissioning and delivering projects.

She is looking at a supportive and productive creative community where activism and solidarity are the core of her mentorships and curatorial practice. She is regularly involved in a collaborative production, working together with artists and practitioners on context.

Her curatorial interests embrace all the visual arts, in particular, they are ranging from the dichotomy nature-culture to the abstract painting through its poetical emotions. The first one is connected with the idea of a progressive humanisation of Nature. As a matter of fact, Nature is gradually losing its bio and geodiversity becoming more and more a cultural product, an anthropocentric vision of the social world. The latter field is related to the connection between abstract painting and the narrative stream of consciousness method.

She has been concerned with displacement and the Athropocene in her most recent publications Breaking Borders and Over Nature. Those exhibition projects were interested in exploring – via visual and multimedia art – on the social vision and perception of our cultures and place in the world, notwithstanding that technologies, have changed human activities and languages in the Capitalocene era.

Valeria Ceregini