Curatorial Profile

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Photography by Neil D’ Souza.

Hello everyone! I am Francesco Ferranti and I would like to introduce myself.

I have a solid background in Classical Philology with dissertations / academic articles on the language / characters in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and I have always being interested in the representation of gender in latin / greek culture, mainly in literature, religion and art.

I am currently enrolled in the MA Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University

The aim of my Research Blog will be to explore and critically evaluate representation of gender fluidity, creating a discourse which encompasses multiple media, namely performing art and contemporary photography.

Moving beyond the boundaries of an heternomative society, I aimed at examining through the lens of Queer Theory samples from drag culture, club kids culture and contemporary performing arts in order to rethink the future role of Curatorial Practice in using galleries and museums as safe space for queer /  non-binary people.

The goal of this Research Project is to facilitate a conversation on local, edgy and inspiring queer artists, always reading their performances / projects within the venues where they take place (notion of the art gallery as a liminal space), not pretending to create an exhaustive paradigm for interpreting Queer art.

My research will be adopting a multidisciplinary approach, which entails the evaluation of primary sources such as performances or partecipatory projects that I have personally experienced and secondary sources, namely articles, academic books and films focused on gender roles and reflections on Judith Butler’s idea of gender performativity.