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Nicola Guastamacchia works between the realms of art, law and politics to explore urgent social and cultural contradictions inherent to established forms of belonging and national identity in the European and global landscapes. Combining a practice based approach with writing and critical theory his work resorts to curatorial and collaborative projects as well as site- specific interventions, sculptures, collages and prints to investigate issues of political inclusion, language hybridisation and institutional demise. In this context, manifestos and actions form the history of the Avantgarde are primary aesthetic references to test the limits of contemporary blending of art and  politics. Each project is a step in the ongoing commitment to record significant moments of our present. Ultimately, the idea that there is a revolutionary potential to contemporary art, which may not take the shape of revolutions as we learned to imagine them, is what inspires the Nicola’s personal and artistic path.
Co-director, In-ruins residency, Calabria, Italy
Co-founder, VOGA art project, Bari, Italy


Selected Exhibitions and Prizes

Mar 2022     In Varietate Concordia | Linea Project, Lecce [SOLO SHOW]

Dec 2021     Nicola Guastamacchia | Italian Cultural Institute, Tunis [SOLO SHOW]

Jul 2021       32 Metri Quadri di Mare (Mediterraneo) | Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare [SOLO SHOW]

Oct 2021      Manifesto 3D | Balloon Project / Centro Studi Gobetti, Turin

Nov 2020     Cantica21 Award - Under35 selection | Italian Ministry of Culture / Italian Ministry of External Affairs, Rome

Sept 2019     From Our Distant Proximity | Ambasciata Italiana / GulerSanat Gallery, Ankara

Nov 2018      2018 (Manifesto) | Italian Cultural Institute, Londra  [SOLO SHOW]

Jun 2018      Volume I | Astra Residency, Spoleto

Feb 2018      Studioless | Incheon Art Platform, Seoul

Sept 2017     Water is Wet | The Stanley Picker Gallery, London

Aug 2016       Marginalia | Labor Gallery, Budapest

Aug 2015      Tiranti Award for Sculpture | NEO Art Prize, Manchester

Jul 2015        Finalist, Sculpture Section | COMBAT Prize Livorno

Apr 2013       Finalist, Under 25 Section | Laguna Art Prize Venezia


Workshops, Projects and Conferences

Jul 2021        'Art in the Public Space' | KORA - Contemporary Arts Centre, Lecce

Feb 2020      'Traguardare' workshop with BIANCO-VALENTE | Italian Cultural Institute / Harabel Gallery, Tirana

Jun 2019      'Collectives as catalists' workshop | Raven Row Gallery, London

Jun 2018      London Conference in Critical Thought |  Westminster University, London

Nov 2017      Urban Encounters: ‘Cartographies: places through visual and photographic representations’ | APT Gallery, London

Jun 2017      The Contemporary Contemporary Conference | ARoS Museum, Aarhus

May 2017     Contemporary Research Intensive Workshop IUAV, Aarhus University e Liverpool John Moores University | Research Pavillion Venice

2021                 Course of Art and Politics, Basis voor Actuele Kunst (BAK), Utrecht
2015 — 2017     MFA in Fine Art, Kingston School of Art, London

2014 — 2015     Mlitt in Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Glasgow (Christie's Education Trust Award)

2009 — 2014    BLL+MLL in Business Law,  Università di Bari, Italy (Mention in the Album of the best graduates)


Jan 2022       "Non mi toccare: Anna Ill e il corpo come misura", Forme Uniche, online

Jun 2021       "Storia di un incidente e delle sue vite precedenti: una conversazione con Nicola Lorini", Forme Uniche, online

Jan 2021       "On the legacy of street resistance: A conversation with Marinella Senatore" in Flash Art: PUBLIC ART 2666, online

Nov 2018      "Biennials, Triennials and Documenta" in Stenberg Press: The Contemporary Condition Series | Contemporary Research Workshop, Berlino

Nov 2017      "Keeping the rock rolling” in JAWS Journal Vol. 3, Intellect Books, Londra

Jun 2017       "The extemporary contemporary" in The Contemporary Contemporary Conference, Aarhus University,

Jan 2016       "London (behind the walls) in PeaProposals Spotlight series # 1,

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