Sara Dolfi Agostini is a contemporary art curator and writer based in Washington, focusing on emerging artists and approaching topics such as the history of photography, the theory of image circulation and the politics of art.
After a graduate degree in Economics of Art and Culture at Bocconi University and additional study of philosophy at Statale University in Milan, she has worked for international art institutions such as Manifesta (2008), the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2010), Magnum Photos (2012), Beirut (2013), and Fondazione Fotografia Modena (2013-14). More recently, she curated the collective show Surface (New Life) at Fluxia gallery in Milan and from late 2013 to mid 2016 she was co-curator of the public art project ArtLine Milano commissioned by the City of Milan. For the project, she contributed by inviting and working with many international artists and by devising a competition for artists under 40 years old, bringing together 15 Italian and 15 international artists to produce 8 additional artworks for ArtLine selected by an international jury composed art critics, art journalists and curators.
Since 2008, she has contributed to various catalogues – including Postmonument (Silvana Editoriale, 2010), Kenro Izu. Territori dello Spirito (Skira, 2014), Chapter 2. The Conflict of Images (Rorhof, 2015), Generazione Critica #3 – Photography and New Media (Danilo Montanari Editore, 2016), Marco Pietracupa. Shapeshifter (coming soon and published by Marselleria art space, 2016) – and written for newspapers and magazines such as Canvas, Camera Austria, Flash Art, Rivista Studio, il Giornale dell’Arte, Arte e Critica and Artribune. She is a regular contributor to the newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE and the cultural magazine KLAT. Also, she is the author, with Denis Curti, of the book Collecting Photography (Contrasto, 2010 /14).
In addition, she has given lectures on numerous occasions, such as at the School of the Art institute in Chicago (2016), the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (2012), Forma Centre for Photography in Milan (2010) and frequently at Il Sole 24 ORE Master School (since 2010) and NABA, both in Milan (2009-2013).
Sara Dolfi Agostini