Francesca Verga is PhD researcher at the Department of Arts and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, with a thesis on the conceptual reconstruction of memories in Mike Kelley’s performances and video installation works. She is interested in artistic research exploring the tensions between memory and fiction, especially notions of reconstruction and repetition. Her research got the support of the Italian Council scholarship for the Arts (Ministry of Culture Italy, 2020).
Francesca Verga has a professional experience in the management of cultural institutions and art biennials. With a Master's degree in Museums Management (Milan, 2013), she held the position of General Coordinator for Manifesta 12 (Palermo, 2018) and was Curatorial Coordinator at the biennial Manifesta 13 (Marseille, 2020). Previously, she founded the online cultural platform Liaux (www.liaux.org), a program of visual art projects presented in dialogue with a non-physical space. She has also collaborated at cultural institutions and universities such as: IED Istituto Europeo Di Design (Florence), Museo MACRO (Rome), Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), NEMO The Network of European Museum Organisations (Berlin), Barnard College, (Columbia University, New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), IMT Schools for Advanced Studies (Lucca).
Her work is supervised by Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (University of Amsterdam), Prof. John C. Welchman (University of California, San Diego), Prof. Rob van deer Laarse (University of Amsterdam) and is part of the Research School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM). She is also part of the group of research Sites of Memory in Contemporary Art at UvA.