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Vessel is a nomadic curatorial organisation and agency invested in supporting artistic and curatorial practices that are situated, responsive and research-led.

Driven by a biographical and epistemological belonging to the South – the Southern Europe and Mediterranean regions in particular – we are interested in how social and ecological imagination can be enhanced in order to critically engage with the sets of conditions and infrastructures that sustain contemporary cultural practices.

Vessel has devoted great attention to the definition and development of socially-engaged art practice and contributed internationally by way of the application of socially-engaged tools and methods in contemporary curatorial practice, always from a perspective ‘other’ than the mainstream.

Vessel’s practice – embedded in an ongoing act of hosting and being hosted – manifests itself through public programming, commissioning and writing. In the last 10 years Vessel has participated and contributed to shaping an understanding of curatorial practice epistemologically connected to a locale (or locality) though not by default based within it.

Vessel's core curatorial team includes:
Co-founders and directors: Viviana Checchia, Anna Santomauro

Public Programme Producer: Benedetta d’Ettorre

Design: Mark Bohle; Coding: Jaume Ferrete