Paola Paleari
Curator, writer & editor
Born 1984 in Italy, lives in Copenhagen (Denmark)


2019  Politikens Kunstkritikerskole, Politiken, Copenhagen

2013  Masterclass in Cultural Heritage & Services Management, Il Sole24Ore Business School, Rome

2011  Masterclass in Photography, CSF Adams, Rome

2009  Master’s Degree in Service Design, Politecnico di Milano

2006  Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano

Professional activities (main)

2021 – 2022 Curator of the contemporary art program at Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2019 – today Guest teacher in Ways of Seeing: Storytelling through Photography and Urban Exploration Photography Workshop at DIS – Danish International School, Copenhagen

2018 – today  Director at JIR SANDEL, Copenhagen

2013 – 2018  Deputy editor at YET magazine, Zurich/Lugano

2011 – 2017  Curator, writer and editor at ARTNOISE, Rome

2015 – 2016  Curatorial advisor at COLLI independent art gallery, Rome

2011 – 2014  Gallery manager and curator at s.t. foto libreria galleria, Rome

2010  Gallery assistant and curator at Galerie Břehová, Prague

Curated exhibitions (selected)

2022 Mette Winckelmann, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2022 Nanna Abell, Psychodile, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2022 Tanja Nis-Hansen, Employee of the Month, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2022 Birke Gorm, girl anachronism, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2021 Stine Deja, Dawn Chorus, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2021 Søren Engsted, If the Future isn’t Bright at least it’s Colorful, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2021 Marie Raffn, an oval, a vowel, an e, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk

2019  Kristina Bengtsson, A certain bloom, Fonderia 20.9, Verona

2019  Grass is greener. Part II, JIR SANDEL, Copenhagen

2018  Grass is greener, Matèria gallery, Rome

2018  EC1 24H Copenhagen 2018, LOKALE, Copenhagen

2018  SMK Fridays “Art in the making”, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

2017  Log Pose, Fotopub, Novo mesto

2017  Giorgio Di Noto, The Iceberg, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia

2017  Vika Eksta, Snakes and Ladders, Riga Photography Biennial, Riga

2015  Massimiliano Tommaso Rezza, Sarà Tolto, Colli Independent Art Gallery, Rome

2015  Czech Fundamental, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome

2015  Fabrizio Cicero, EXIT, Asa Nisi Masa,

2014  Magnus Frederik Clausen, The Tomato Syndrome, Galleria Cinica, Palazzo Lucarini, Trevi

2014  Dino Ignani, 80’s Dark Portraits, POMO Galerie, Milan

2013  Katrien De Blauwer, Where Will We Hide, Galleria 291 Est, Rome

2013  Found In Italy, Italian Institute of Culture, Copenhagen

2013  ORTICA Organic Theme In Contemporary Art, MACRO Testaccio, Rome

2012  Mario Carbone, Marina Abramovic e Ulay a Bologna, 1977, s.t. foto libreria galleria, Rome

2011  MISTO Modern Italian Storytellers, 14th Lishui International Photographic Art Festival

Published writings (selected)

2022 Not all days have nights, Not all blades have knives. On Melanie Stidolph’s Endless Reproduction

2022 Text for the duo show Spoon Spoon by Cecilie Skov and Morten Buch at Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted

2021 Apology of the arancina, text for the due show Rough Continuity by Lazar Lyutakov & Jens Fröberg at Simian, Copenhagen

2021 Once you label me, you negate me, Provence SS21, The Scandal Issue

2021 Text for the duo show Time & Life by David Ostrowski & Magnus Frederik Clausen at Spazio Orr, Brescia

2021 Art Hub Copenhagen Newsletter #4

2020 The Evil Queen, Photographs for Illustration Purposes Only, Rostfrei Publishing

2020 You Got 30 Minutes, text for the solo show Toppings by Lasse Bruun at Classensgade 26, Copenhagen

2020 Alina Frieske, Abglanz, YET magazine #12

2020 Daniëlle van Ark, Bills, Foam magazine #57

2020 Miss Idle, text for the solo exhibition Lieber Nackt Als Gefühlsleben by David Ostrowski at JIR SANDEL, Copenhagen

2020 Pist Protta #86/87

2020 Apple Romance. Quest for an alternative theory of gravity, text for the solo exhibition Apple Romance by Tove Storch at Nils Stærk, Copenhagen

2020  Ljubljana in four acts, NERO

2020  Daniel Everett and Mårten Lange, Vantage Point, Foam magazine #56

2019  Ikke alt som glimrer er guld. Om Rugoffs Biennale, IDOART

2019  Pipilotti Rist, Åbn min lysning (Open My Glade), Flash Art #326

2019  Marianna Simnett: det andet trin til smerte, IDOART

2019  Benedetta Barzini, la donna che visse due volte, Rivista Studio

2019  Interview with Eleonora Agostini, Paper Journal

2019  Rosamarie Trockel, The Same Different, Flash Art #324

2019  Years, I don’t want to live, I don’t want to die, Mousse Magazine

2019  Tom Sandberg, Things as they are seen, Vogue Italia

2018  The Power of Beauty, Archivio Magazine #3

2018  Danh Vo, Take My Breath Away, Flash Art

2018  pain in itself, published in xxx, JIR SANDEL

2018  The Art of the Trial, WePresent

2018  Interview with Giorgio Di Noto, Paper Journal

2018  Judith Hopf, OUT, Flash Art #321

2018  Palm Reading for Artists, part of the group show Connected by the Hand at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

2018  Text for the solo exhibition RAL 6002 by Magnus Frederik Clausen at CGK, Copenhagen

2018  A conversation with Stine Marie Jacobsen, Trebuchet Magazine

2017  Family Stories. Interviw with Gillian Wearing, Elephant Magazine

2017  From Venus Pudica to IG-Spot, AF•ART magazine #6

2017  All Those Splashes of Color, in collaboration with Erin Murphy, http://www.7×

2017  Vil & Rol, published in Maya Rochat, A Rock Is A River, Self Publish Be Happy, London

2017  The Imaginary Prisons. An exercise of freedom from G.B. Piranesi to Vik Muniz, D/Railed mag

2016 Focus On CPH, YET magazine

2016  Accumulo, ripetizione, sintesi. Le nuove estetiche del dislocamento, published in Generazione Critica #3, Danilo Montanari Editore, Modena

2016  A Day With Anouk Kruithof, YET magazine #9

2015  Text for the book This Must Be The Place by Bärbel Praun, self-published

2015  Machines of Loving Grace. The image of control at Venice Biennale,

2015  Text for the book ATEM by Massimiliano T. Rezza, Yard Press, Rome

2015  Text for the solo show gæst by Magnus Frederik Clausen, YEARS Copenhagen

2014  Less is a Bore. Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs Constructions, YET magazine #7

2014  A Day With Penelope Umbrico, YET magazine #6

2014  Art is Real: Scopophilia by Nan Goldin, YET magazine #5

2013 A Day With Pietro Paolini, YET magazine #4

2013  Il buon selvaggio. Interview with Mustafa Sabbagh, FAMO magazine #3

2012-2016 Regularly writing for ARTNOISE. Click here for a selection of my articles

Talks, teaching and mentorship (selected)

2021 ‘Re-visions’ symposium, in conversation with Vika Eksta at Riga Photography Biennial, Riga

2020 Portfolio reviewer at Landskrona Foto Festival

2020 “Lost & found in translation”, talk at KIBLA, Maribor

2020 Jury member at Landskrona Foto Spring Residency, Landskrona

2019 Portfolio reviewer at PortRe Portfolio Residency, Finlands Kulturinstitut i Danmark

2019  Co-organizer of The Curatorial Thing, an intensive summer program for curators at SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen

2019  Portfolio reviewer and tailor-made mentor at Portfolio Dialogue

2018  “EC1 24H”, talk at The Curatorial & Artistic Thing, SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen

2018  Portfolio reviewer at Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen

2018  Jury member at Riga Photography Biennial, Riga

2017  “Independent Art Publishing in Switzerland”, talk at Impresionante Art Book Fair, Santiago de Chile

2017  “The Arab Revolt, ISIS and the representation of war: new challenges for lens-based artists”, talk at Organ Vida, Zagreb

2017  Guest tutor at KBH Film og Foto Skole, Copenhagen

2017  “The blended age of photography”, talk at IX Chobi Mela, Dhaka

2016 – 2017  Jury member at Portfolio Review, Duesseldorf Photo Weekend

2016  “Photography in magazines and on the web”, talk at Biennale dell’Immagine, Chiasso

2016  “Photography and New Media”, talk at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles

2016  Portfolio reviewer at Voies Off, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles

2015  Lecturer at Punto de Fuga, Paris Photo, Paris

2015  Portfolio reviewer at ISSP – International Summer School of Photography, Kuldīga

2015  “ATEM”, artist talk with Massimiliano T. Rezza at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles

2015  “Photo Editing: the importance of the context”, lecture at Richmond University, Rome

2014  “Online art galleries”, lecture at John Cabot University, Rome

2013  Masterclass tutor in Cultural Heritage & Services Management, Il Sole24Ore Business School, Rome

Professional memberships

Member of UKK Unge Kunstnere og Kunstformidlere

Member of FSK Foreningen for Samtidskunst

Grants and residencies

2021 Det Obelske Familiefond and Statens Kunstfond, support for the contemporary art program 2021-2022 at Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon

2020 Critic-in-residence, Švicarija / MGCL International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

2018 Swiss Design Awards with YET magazine in the category Mediation

2018 Beckett Fonden, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond and Statens Kunstfond, production support for Marianne Hesselbjerg’s first monographic work

2016 Statens Kunstfond, international research program

2010 Leonardo da Vinci, EU grant for transnational mobility