Through the eyes of Silvia Franceschini

On the 22.09.22 we organized a subjective guided tour of the exhibition by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, through the eyes of the curator Silvia Franceschini

Language: english
Duration: 45mn
Free entrance


Silvia Franceschini is a curator, researcher and writer working across the fields of visual arts, design, and architecture. Currently she holds the position of curator of the contemporary at CIVA in Brussels.

Previously she served as a curator at Z33 — House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture in Hasselt where she conceived (among others) the exhibitions Le Déracinement. On Diasporic Imaginations and co-curated Lives of Forms (Kamrooz Aram, Iman Issa), Grounds for Return. Mae-Ling Lokko and the research platform Hostile Environment(s). Designing Hostility, Building Refugia.

Her selected curatorial projects include: the research program The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2016–18); the participation on the curatorial team of The School of Kyiv — Kyiv Biennial 2015; the exhibition, symposium, and educational program Global Tools 1973 — 1975: Towards an Ecology of Design, SALT, Istanbul (2014); the exhibition The Way of Enthusiasts, V-A-C Foundation, 2012. Since 2009 she has been involved in the organization of exhibitions in various institutions including The Moscow Biennale for Young Art; Futura — Center for Contemporary Art, Prague; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Franceschini is an editor of Curator Without a System. Viktor Misiano: Selected Writings, Sternberg Press, 2022; The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, 2018, and Global Tools 1973–1975. When Education Coincides With Life, Nero Publishing, 2019.

She holds a PhD in Design and Visual Culture from the Polytechnic University of Milan and was a research fellow at the Liverpool John Moores University and at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. She has lectured at numerous places such as the Sharjah Biennale, Istanbul Design Biennale, Triennale Milano, MAXXI Museum in Rome, Konstfack University in Stockholm, and the Architectural Association in London, among others. She is part of the faculty of the master in Design, Creativity and Social Practices at the Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella.

Silvia Franceschini has authored the text The Landscape as Archive: On Poetic Inheritance and Cross Cultural Imagination on the recent works of Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc published on Camera Austria number 155, 2021.

Image : Antoinette Jattiot.