UNIDEE - residency programs at Cittadellarte

Director of UNIDEE: Juan Esteban Sandoval
Visiting curator: Chiara Cartuccia
Programme coordinator: Clara Tosetti
Research and Production coordinator: Annalisa Zegna

Advisory group:
Andy Abbott
Beatrice Catanzaro
Juan Esteban Sandoval
Alessandra Saviotti

Under the supervision of Paolo Naldini


Chiara Cartuccia is an Italian-born curator, writer and researcher based out of London. Her curatorial practice is grounded in the analysis of the epistemological possibilities of performance and performativity, as arenas for knowledges reconfiguration and making. She is currently engaged in long-term research on the Mediterranean as imagined/imaginative geography, focusing on the ramifications of practical Mediterraneanism(s) in the working and thinking of art institutions operating within Euro-Mediterranean contexts.

Since 2016, she is co-founder and director of the curatorial and editorial platform EX NUNC, where she curates the ongoing online exhibitions programme EXN Lagoon. Chiara held curatorial positions at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, and Manifesta Biennial, Palermo/Amsterdam, for which she co-curated the Manifesta 12 Planetary Garden Public Programme. She curated programmes and delivered talks at The Showroom London, Goldsmiths College, Fabra i Coats Barcelona, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Loop Barcelona, Centro Pecci Prato, University of Paris – Diderot, Venice International Performance Art Week, University of Chicago, Sharjah Art Foundation, among others.

Chiara studied Art History at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and was a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and Akademie der Künste Berlin. She holds an MA in Visual Cultures/Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and she is a PhD candidate at University of Amsterdam, ASCA. She is a freelance contributor to art magazines, and her writing has been commissioned and published by ArtReview, this is tomorrow, Contemporary &, Sharjah Art Foundation, Afterall. She is Visiting Research Curator at Unidee Residency Programme at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, for the season 2022/24.

Clara Tosetti (1989), Programme Coordinator of UNIDEE residency programs.
Graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, in 2016 she obtained a Master in Economics and Management of Art and Cultural Heritage at 24ore business school specialising in the fields of communication, organisation of exhibitions, cultural events and educational activities.
She has worked for Studio Art&Co. in Turin, collaborating in the organisation of the 'Sigmar Polke' exhibition and Damien Hirst's 'Treasures from the wreck of the unbelievable' exhibition both in Venice, as well as assisting in the consulting and cataloguing of contemporary art for prestigious private collections.

Clara is interested in the relationship between art and public space and how the latter can relate to individual and collective growth to create the identity of a community both local and global.

Clara is also a member of Rotary Biella and through this membership promotes positive and lasting change in communities near and far and in each of us.


Annalisa Zegna is the Research and Production coordinator of UNIDEE residency programs.
She is an artist, researcher and cultural practitioner working with visual and performative languages and focusing on collective experiences and collaborative practices. She develops artistic projects immersed in daily life experience from the specificity of the different socio-geographical contexts. She is co-founder and collaborator of Spazio HYDRO (Biella) and co-founder of Osservatorio sul Torrente project.

She attended the Master PACS - Performing Arts and Community Spaces at the Roma Tre University and Mattatoio in Rome in 2020-21, she completed her MA in Visual Arts at the IUAV University of Venice in 2016, and her BFA in Painting at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin in 2013. She was an artist-in-residence at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice in 2015 and researcher at the VSMS Lab of the University of Technology of Limassol in Cyprus in 2016. She worked as an Assistant Curator at Art Laboratory Berlin dealing with interdisciplinary projects between art, science and technology (2016) and as an Assistant Director and Curator for the UNIDEE residency programs of Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (2016-2019).


Andy Abbott is an artist, writer, curator and arts organiser who lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. He has exhibited and performed internationally as an individual artist and in various collaborations including the art collective Black Dogs. He has undertaken exhibitions, commissions and residencies for Tate Modern, London; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; SWG3, Glasgow; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Museum of Oxford; and Yorkshire Forward; and has completed residencies for Gasworks, London; in PiST, Istanbul; and Convivio, Oaxaca.
He is a former UNIDEE resident at Cittadellarte, which he completed collaboratively with his partner Yvonne Carmichael in 2006. He was Visiting Curator for UNIDEE residency programs in 2020/22.

In 2012 Andy was awarded a practice-led PhD from the University of Leeds with a thesis on "art, self-organised cultural activity and the production of postcapitalist subjectivity". His research interests are in Do-It-Yourself culture, artist-led initiatives, alternative economies and postwork futures.
Recent and forthcoming writing includes articles and book contributions on the creative case for Universal Basic Income.
As an arts organiser and curator he has produced a public programme for the embedded arts organisation In-Situ in East Lancashire, piloted the Centre for Socially Applied Arts at the University of Bradford, and was a director of the Community Interest Company Art in Unusual Spaces. 


Beatrice Catanzaro (PhD) is an artist, researcher and teacher. Her practice questions social hegemonic (visible and invisible) structures through collective imaginary, and dialogical processes grounded in long-term engagements and inter-disciplinary collaborations. She has been working throughout Europe, the Middle East and India. Between 2010 and 2015, she lived in Palestine, where she taught at the International Art Academy of Palestine (Ramallah) and co-founded the Women Centre and social enterprise Bait al Karama in the old city of Nablus. Her work has been exhibited in museums and international venues such as the MART Museum of Rovereto, Fundacao Gulbenkian in Lisbon and the Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló (EACC) in Spain, Quadriennale of Roma. She currently lives in Milan (Italy), where she teaches at the NABA Art Academy.



Juan Esteban Sandoval (1972) is the Director of UNIDEE residency programs and former Head of projects and Director of the Art Office of Cittadellarte. He is an artist and he has exhibited internationally since 1994. He is the co-founder of el puente_lab art collective in Medellín, a platform for artistic and cultural production, which uses contemporary art as a tool for social trasformation.
Since 2002 he has been the Director of the Art Office of Cittadellarte, coordinating the realization of 13 editions of “Arte al Centro” exhibitions within the Foundation’s premises and a number of exhibitions in other locations, such the MuKHA in Antwerp, San Servolo Island for the 50th Venice Biennial, The Galleria Civica of Modena, MAXXI Museum in Rome, among others.
He co-curated the exhibition “Cittadellarte.sharing transformation” at Kunsthaus in Graz, the first two editions of the seminar “Methods-research project on art-society relation” and two workshops of shared interdisciplinary planning in Venice and in Gorizia, Italy.
Juan is ex-resident UNIDEE (2000).



Alessandra Saviotti is a curator, art educator and cultural activist who lives in Amsterdam. She is a PhD researcher at Liverpool John Moores University and a member of Art Workers Italia.

Her focus is on socially engaged art, collaborative practices and Arte Útil (art as a tool). Her work aims to realise projects where the public becomes a co-producer in the spirit of usership. She is a co-founder of the art collective Aspra.mente (2006-2016), a group which focusses on the common definition of ‘work in progress’, seeking the contribution of operators in fields other than art for interdisciplinary projects free from time constraints. Since 2014 she has been collaborating with the Asociación de Arte Útil founded by Tania Bruguera, especially aiming to emancipate usership around the Arte Útil Archive. She is currently busy researching how alternative education models framed as Arte Útil could be successfully implemented within the institution of education, fostering sustainability and hacking the institution itself.

Alessandra studied at IUAV, Venice and she was a Jan van Eyck Academie fellow in Maastricht (NL). She curated programmes, and delivered talks & workshops at documenta15 as part of Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt (CU/DE); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (US); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL); San Francisco Art Institute (US); California College of the Arts (US); SALT, Istanbul (T), The Whitworth, Manchester (UK), Chicago Architecture Biennial (US), University of the Arts Helsinki (FI), MAXXI, Rome and many more. She was assistant curator for Visible. Office and Project Space, Brussels (BE), a tutor for Accademia Unidee 2020, and she was a mentor at UNDEE in 2018, 2020/2022.



Paolo Naldini, Director of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, graduated in Economics and Business from the University of Turin with a thesis - which formed a bridge between the University of Economics and that of Architecture - on the regeneration of industrial abandoned buildings and spaces.
He is the director of Cittadellarte where he founded the Art of Demopraxy project, a prototype of social design based on the recognition that power and government (cratòs) are emanated by people as a concrete decision-making process (praxis) rather than dissipating in delegation.
He has published short stories, as well as texts on art and its role in the social fabric, and has created a web project dedicated to exploring creative collaboration through writing and meeting in physical places.




Andy Abbott (UNIDEE Visiting Curator 2020/22)
Valerio del Baglivo (UNIDEE Visiting Curator 2018/19)
Cecilia Guida (UNIDEE Director and Curator 2015/17)
Giulia Crisci (UNIDEE Assistant Director and Curator 2015/16)
Roberta Bernasconi (UNIDEE Coordinator 2015/16)
Elisa Tosoni (UNIDEE Coordinator 2015)