Giulia Crispiani and Michele Bertolino

Marea 21

Marea 21 is the first edition the artistic residency program of Marea Art Project.
It has seen the participation of the writer and visual artist Giulia Crispiani and the curator and independent researcher Michele Bertolino.


Giulia Crispiani

Ancona , 1986

Giulia Crispiani is a writer and visual artist. She lives in Rome, where she collaborates with NERO Editions.

During her training, she studied in the Netherlands, where she attended the ceramics course at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the honor program ART and RESEARCH. She completed her training by completing a two-year specialist in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute of Arnhem. Back in Rome, she follows the Arts Module of the Master's Degree Studies and Gender Policies at Roma Tre.

She is the author of the books Incontri in places extraordinary / Meeting at remarkable places (Nero Editions 2020), What if Every Farewell Would Be Followed by a Love Letter (Union Editions 2020), Petra (ReRun books 2018).


Michele Bertolino

Savigliano, 1992

Michele Bertolino is an independent curator and researcher. In 2021 he was appointed coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Program and curator of the Verso public program at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation (Turin).

In 2020 he was visiting lecturer in the LAB.ZONE PETROLIO course at HEAD Genève. From 2018 to 2021, he collaborated with the La Quadriennale Foundation of Rome as Social Content Curator and assistant curator of the 2020 Art Quadriennale FUORI at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. In the two years 2018-2019, he is Junior Curator of The Institute of Things to Come. He also collaborates in the two years 2020-2021 as curator of Guerrilla's research project against the Unceasing Hostilities of the Livings.

In 2016, with Bernardo Follini, Giulia Gregnanin, and Sebastiano Pala, Il Colorificio, he founded a curatorial collective currently in business. He graduated in philosophy of art at the University of Turin, and in 2015-2016 he participated in CAMPO15, a course of curatorial studies and practices of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation.

In occasion of Marea 21, we had the opportunity to host the Italian film director Ciro Apicella. During his residency he filmed the whole process and all the exchanges that we had on the territory, in constant dialogue with Giulia and Michele


Ciro Apicella

Vico Equense, 1992

Ciro Apicella was born in Vico Equense, south of Naples. He attended Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication in London, obtaining a BA in Film and Television.
Ciro is now a graduate of the American Film Institute, where he earned an MFA in Directing. After graduating, he co-founded the indie production company Plenty Good developing features and Tv content.

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