Oriane Durand & Barbara Casavecchia in conversation

December 2, 2023 – Monaco

2nd December 2023


Le QUAI, Monaco

Oriane Durand is a curator and author, living between France and Germany. From 2015 to 2020, she directed the Dortmunder Kunstverein, followed by the Kunstverein Bielefeld in 2023. Previously she worked as a curator for the Kunstverein in Nuremberg and in Bonn. In August 2020 she founded the independent project space Le Berceau in Marseille. She is a regular contributor for Frieze magazine and artists catalogues. Amongst others, she has curated the first institutional solo exhibitions in Germany by Raphaela Vogel, Sol Calero, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Mimosa Echard, Sara Sadik und Tolia Astakhishvili.

Barbara Casavecchia is a freelance writer, independent curator and educator based in Venice and Milan, where she teaches at Brera and NABA art academies. She is QuiS Visiting Research Fellow 2023/24 at Städelschule, Frankfurt. A contributing editor for Frieze (2011-22), her feature articles, essays and reviews–often focused on Italian contemporary art, visual cultures, and feminisms–have appeared in Art Agenda, Artforum, Art Review, La Repubblica, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, Nero, South/documenta 14, Spike, among others, as well as in several artist books and catalogues. From 2008 through 2017, she co-curated with Andrea Zegna the public artproject 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. In 2014, she co-curated with Lorenzo Giusti the retrospective Maria Lai. Ricucire il mondo at MAN, Nuoro. In 2018, she curated the exhibition Susan Hiller. Social Facts at OGR, Turin. In 2021-23, she led the transdisciplinary curatorial fellowship The Current III Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ for TBA21-Academy and curated the eponymous exhibition at Ocean Space, Venice (April 22-November 5, 2023), with new commissions by Simone Fattal and Petrit Halilaj & Álvaro Urbano. She is the editor of the book Thus Waves Come in Pairs. Thinking with the Mediterraneans (2023, Sternberg Press and TBA21).