Silvia Vannacci


Silvia is a curator and Chinese contemporary art specialist. With a background in sinology and art, she lives and works between Shanghai and Florence.

Italian, but spiritually Chinese, founder of the curatorial platform Contemporary Matters, she is also co-founder, together with American choreographer Anneliese Charek, of the project space :: home :: an independent centre for the performing arts located in the heart of Shanghai. Through the space’s monthly “home experiments”, Silvia concentrates her curatorial practice upon independent performance art, whilst bestowing an inclusive platform for experimentation, engagement, and fellowship.

With a global vision, Silvia uses her transcultural marketing skills on international projects, especially the projects between Europe, the Americas and Asia. She has collaborated with art institutions, international galleries and fairs, like Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre,  Hymalayas Museum, Prada Rongzhai, Yuz Museum, MAM Shanghai, Art Basel and Artissima, to name a few. She has also had the privilege of being part of a variety of projects involving international artists, government institutions, art schools and architecture firms.

She has always been interested in the processes of communication and language as vehicles of thought and culture. Regarding contemporary art as lingua franca of contemporaneity, she developed and deepened her knowledge on cultural, academic and geopolitical topics, setting the perspective in her research, curatorial work and productions.

An enthusiast about the contemporary art scene in China and abroad, she shares her knowledge in talks, lessons and events in universities and art institutions. A lover of the city she chose to live in, it is a sometimes a treat to be in her company to binge on her her favorite off the beaten path Shanghai’s art destinations and events.

She is fluent in Italian, English and Chinese while she still struggles with Shanghainese.

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