Davide Lombardo teaches history at NYU Florence since 2001. He holds a doctorate in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy). His research focuses on European Urban Culture from the 19th to the 20th century. Lombardo holds an Italian degree in modern Italian history and a French degree in modern French history and has studied extensively at Edinburgh, York (UK), Grenoble (France), and Pisa and Florence (Italy). In 2009 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University, Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library. In 2011 he was part of the organizing committee for NYU Florence’s events around the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. He regularly gives lectures on contemporary Italy and Europe. He currently teaches three courses at NYU Florence which focus on modern European and Italian history: Culture of the City, Modern Italy and Social Foundations III.
Almira Ousmanova Professor at the Dept. of Media and Director of MA program in Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania)
(Ph.D. in Social Philosophy) is Professor at the Department of Media and the Director of the Master’ Program of Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since 1999, she has been director of the Laboratory for Studies of Visual Culture and Contemporary Art. She has held research fellowships in the European University Institute in Italy, KWI in Germany, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), the British Academy Fellowship at Oxford University , the University of Rochester in the U.S., Kennan Institute in the U.S., IKKM in Weimar, Germany, University of Bologna, the Institute of Advanced Studies at CEU in Hungary, and has delivered lectures and courses at universities in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Romania, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, and more. Her research interests include: Genealogy and Methodology of Visual Studies, Gender Representations in Visual Arts, Soviet Cinema, Art and Politics, Marxism and Critical Theory. She is the author of Umberto Eco: The Paradoxes of Interpretation and editor of several collective volumes: Anthology of Gender Theory (with Elena Gapova); Gender Histories from Eastern Europe (with Elena Gapova and Andrea Peto), Bi-Textuality and Cinema; Gender and Transgression in Visual Arts; Visual (as) Violence; Belarusian Format: Invisible Reality; “Feminism and Philosophy” in a special volume of the journal Topos “TechnoLogos: the Social Effects of Bio-and Information Technologies” (with Tatyana Shchyttsova), also in a special volume of journal the Topos. She is the editor-in-chief of a book series on Visual and Cultural Studies. Her articles have been published in Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Belarusian. Currently she is working on the book project Fluid Publicness and on a special volume of journal Topos, entitled “From the Knowledge of Media to Medialization of Knowledge.” As an art curator, she has realized several projects: Museum; Not Looking at Anything, a monographic exhibition of Ruslan Vashkevich 24hSolaris, an audiovisual installation with Ales Tsurko, Natalia Nenanorokomova and Ales Potapenko Roland Barthes: Keywords and Artes Liberales, an art and educational festival in Minsk, among others.
In his early youth in Naples, Fabrizio Ruggiero, when admiring the frescoes from Pompeii, he felt that sense of awe and wonder that for the ancient Greeks was the beginning of knowledge. In 1984 he moved to Tuscany and established Architectura Picta, an innovative workshop where he started to reflect on the internal structure of the language of fresco painting that he developed using contemporary technologies. Over the last thirty years, Fabrizio Ruggiero spent long periods in Asia, where he explored Indian thought and searched for visual patterns common to different cultures summarizing the results in a graphic work, which he called Family Resemblances in homage to Ludwig Wittgenstein. His interest for the shape and format of the support of painting led him to confront the relationship between form, material and space focusing on the form in space. His research takes place along the axis of modeling, shaping in a soft manner. In his abstract sculptures, looking for lightness, he uses mats of reeds and plaster that are one of the distinctive characteristics of his sculptures. Later on he became interested in portrait and considers the human face to be a territory and painting as the process to build a map of it. In 2001 he collaborated with the Global Pagoda project, the largest Buddhist pagoda in the world, under construction in Gorai Creek, near Mumbai, India. In 2006 his project The Summer Triangle. Orpheus, Deneb and Altair won the competition for the redevelopment of the Raggiolo tunnel, in Casentino. In 2010, in the splendid setting of a former church of the Poppi Medieval Castle, he placed in the niche of the altarpiece A Bruit Secret & Pandora´s Box, the fresco of a Ready-made by Duchamp inside the Pandora´s Box of Contemporary Art. In 2014 his project TRIBUTE TO TRADITIONS: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN UNITY becomes a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Cameroon in Yaoundé. In 2015, a selection of his portraits of remarkable women, Le Monde des Femmes, was exhibited at the Maison de la Chine in Paris, France. The same year a major exhibition of his sculptures and sixteen portraits dedicated to the theme The Transformative Power of Art was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations. In September 2015 a selection of his works were exhibited at the New York University´s Casa Italiana.