Ilaria Conti is a New York-based curator. Her work focuses on research-based artistic practices engaging with decolonial epistemologies and the relationship between institutional infrastructures, communal care, curatorial ethics, labor, and civic agency.

Currently, she serves as Curator at the American Federation of Arts, advancing frameworks of shared and sustainable exhibition-making with a focus on contemporary art and social/cultural justice. 

Previously, she served as Research Curator at the Centre Pompidou for Cosmopolis, a multiyear platform devoted to research-based artistic practices and decolonial methodologies. She was Exhibitions and Programs Director at CIMA New York,  Assistant Curator of the 2016 Marrakech Biennale, and Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other positions.

She is an Advisor in the Visual Arts for the American Academy in Rome and is the Vice-President of the African Art in Venice Forum.

Ilaria is an Awarded Mentee of the 2021-2022 Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation's Mentorship Program. She holds a BA and MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies from the University of Rome La Sapienza and an MA in Visual Arts Management from New York University.

Curated projects include: Pensiero Plurale (2021-ongoing), Lo Sa La Ter Ruz [On This Red Land] (2021), Proximities (2021), Rethinking Nature (2021), ALT(ering) + SHIFT(ing) + COMM(uning) (2020-2021), Prove di R(i)esistenza (2020), Making Space: Art & Generative Communal Practices (2020), Labor/Art/Auratic Conditions (2020), Cosmopolis #2: Rethinking the Human (2019), Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence (2018), Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence (2017), 6th Marrakech Biennale: Not New Now (2016).

Ilaria is a member of Art Workers Italia


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