Manuela Pacella (b.1977) is an Italian art historian, curator and writer currently based in Graz, Austria.
She has worked both within public institutions such as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Rome) and the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica (Rome), as well as many private galleries. For many years she also worked as an assistant to various artists at significant stages of their careers.
Since 2007 she has been operating as an independent curator and writing as an art critic for exhibition catalogues and art magazines. Among the exhibitions she has curated are Germinazioni #2. Step Forward (Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, IT, 2009), Familia (Museo Centrale del Risorgimento di Roma – Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, 2009), My Generation. Artisti under 35 (Museo Pietro Canonica, Roma, IT, 2010), Patria Interiore-Inner Homeland, Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast, UK, 2012) and Leonid Tsvetkov. Disturbances (Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, IT, 2014).
She has also contributed to the following publications: Lost Futures, in Pesche Khete. Fast dunkel, she says, curated by Progetto Diobene, Diogene Edizioni, Turin 2014; Presente Imperfetto in Giacinto Cerone. Il massimo dell’orizzontale, curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini, Quidlibet, 2014; Giovanni Colacicchi fotografo, ISALM, Anagni 2012; Patria Interiore, NERO, Rome 2012; Il Fotogramma, copying Objrcts by means od the Sun, in L’oggetto nell’arte contemporanea, curated by Enrico Crispolti and Anna Mazzanti, Liguori Editore, Naples 2011; My Generation. Dentro Roma II – Artisti under 35, cura., Roma 2010; Familia. Fotografie e filmini di famiglia nella Regione Lazio, Gangemi Editore, Roma 2009.
Since curating a project in Belfast in 2012, she has developed a strong interest in Northern Irish History and Art, and has built on this connection through participation in ICI’s first European Curatorial Intensive in 2013 at CCA Derry~Londonderry, and through an International Residency at Flax Art Studios.