An Italian scholar, curator, and theorist, Marco Baravalle is part of the curatorial team S.a.L.E.-Docks, an independent art space in Venice, Italy. His research involves the relationship between art, economy, and urban space, as well as the overlapping of art practices and activism.
Marco Baravalle teaches Contemporary Art in SACI’s Venice Biennale Program. Between 2008 and 2011, he was an assistant lecturer for visiting professors Nicolas Bourriaud, Jimmie Durham, and Mona Hatoum. In 2014 and 2015, he was a research fellow in art management at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Marco Baravalle has a Laurea with honors in Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Design, IUAV University of Venice. His thesis dissertation was on “Contemporary Art and Polictical Activism: The New Forms of the Weave.”
It is quite difficult for me to separate teaching and learning, but when I work as an instructor I do accept responsibility for choosing a series of notions and coordinates and for communicating them in the best possible way. This is, of course, not enough. At its best, teaching becomes an exchange in which the arbitrariness of what is taught becomes clear. More than the concepts themselves, students acquire a critical perspective on the nature of knowledge itself.