Curriculum vitae

Roberta Semeraro art historian, narrator, curator and contemporary art critic graduates in letters with contemporary artistic address at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome.

Her experimental thesis entitled "The theaters of Fausto Melotti" gives her the final score of 110 cum laude. She makes several trips and long stays abroad, in South America, Australia, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Africa and Europe.

In 1999 she devoted herself as an art historian to the organization of cultural trips by founding the "Art & Travel" brand and collaborates with museums, private galleries and the Historical Houses Association in Puglia, Sicily, Campania, Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany.

In 2001 she began her studies on the sixth art starting from the theories of Walter Benjamin.

In 2002 she founded, together with the director Marco Agostinelli and the writer / journalist Margherita D'Amico, the Cultural Association "La Sesta Arte" of which she will be president until November 2010. The aim was, on the one hand, spreading digital art through exhibitions and publications and on the other to promote the Artistic Heritage of Italy, with the creation of documentaries and art videos.

In June 2002, she presented two videos / art "NATO" and "Cuore di Cane" by Agostinelli at the Istituto Luce, which subsequently participated in the Locarno International Film Festival, the Viper Film Festival in Basel and the Invideo Festival of the Spazio Oberdan in Milan. 

In February 2003, she curated the monographic exhibition of Agostinelli at the Rocca Paolina in Perugia with the Municipality and the Province of Perugia, in which the techno / paintings created by the artist were presented to the public following the experimental theories of the sixth art of Semeraro .

During the summer of 2003, as part of the International Free Forum in Bolognano organized by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini, she exposes for the first time the dissertations on the sixth art. Also in 2003, she curates and presents in Italy the cycle of public video projections "The sighting towers" dedicated to the tragic events of the Twin Towers and their consequences in the world. The event culminates with the projection of the work "Corpus After Towers" projected on the bastion of Fortino Sant'Antonio di Bari, on Good Friday evening in collaboration with the Municipality and the Province of Bari.

The following year she curates the exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Sacred Art of Stauros and the projection of the video work "Beslan" in the crypt of the Saint in the Sanctuary of San Gabriele in Teramo in collaboration with Father Adriano di Bonaventura and the Secretary of Cultural Heritage of the Vatican, Monsignor Carlo Chenis. A relationship of esteem and friendship is established with the director of the Stauros Museum which will lead her to participate in various editions of the Festa dell'Artista organized at the Stauros Museum.

For Agostinelli, she presents the work "Television Cross" in the publication "Sculpture of Thought" by Silvana Editoriale and curates the exhibition with the homonymous title organized at the Crocetti Museum in Rome. Three large luminous sculptures will be created by Television Cross, called precisely sculptures of thought: the tree of life, the tree of death and beacon of light. It presents "Faro di luce" for the first time to the public in the garden of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum as part of the exhibition dedicated to Giorgio Capranica del Grillo. In these same years during her studies on the expression of the new visual arts, she continued her personal research in the field of fiction on the three different genres: historical novel, mystery novel and short story. In 2002 she published for Progedit the novel "The art for a life, the Marquis Giorgio Capranica del Grillo" which can be considered a sort of historical compendium of her long studies in the Capranica del Grillo archive, dedicated to reconstructing the historical / artistic entity of the Marquis painter who lived at the beginning of the last century. In recognition of the novel, she will be entrusted with the task of curating and organizing the large exhibition dedicated to the painter at the Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum in Rome, in collaboration with the Superintendency of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and under the high patronage of the President of the Republic.

In 2002 she also published for Progedit the mystery "La giostra della passione" set in San Paolo in Brazil and inspired by a crime that happened a few years earlier.

In 2004 she was among the winners of the competition organized by the Terre di Mezzo publishing house with the novel "The man who came from the wind" set in Sicily on the island of Filicudi and then inserted in the Sirene anthology, Terre di Mezzo editions. In 2004 she also published for Edimond the novel "I will never leave you" set in Umbria and with which she is a finalist in the context of the literary prize Città di Fondi.

In her literary career she offered solidarity and in favour of non-profit associations such as FAI and Wings of escort, making available the proceeds of the sales of her books and intervening with readings and presentations.

In 2004 she presented as creator and screenwriter to the Ministry for Cultural Heritage the documentary series entitled "Julie Parker's travels" for the realization of a series of documentaries dedicated to the archaeological sites and museums of the various regions of Italy whose proceeds will come donated to the Archaeological Superintendencies. The documentaries are distributed on newsstands throughout Italy with the Archeo magazine by De Agostini.

In the context of these productions, the close collaboration with the Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto Foundation was born, for which she will take care of the screenplay of the documentary dedicated precisely to the archaeological heritage of the city of Spoleto and surroundings, entitled "A Passeggio con Vespasia". But before this work, the Foundation itself will commission the Association for the monographic video on its activities of which Roberta Semeraro writes the screenplay, and subsequently Semeraro will write the screenplay for the documentary on the new "Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto" wanted by the Foundation.

She writes the screenplay for the Municipality of Rome of the documentaries "Rome, house of Europe" on the occasion of the signing of the European Constitution on Capitol Hill and "Capitoline Museums" distributed on newsstands in Lazio through the newspaper Il Tempo and present in the various museum book shops Romans.

In 2008 she began collaborating with the Venanzo Crocetti Museum Foundation in Rome and with the Cooperative Credit Bank of Teramo, the birthplace of the great sculptor who recently passed away. In the spaces of the museum in via Cassia in Rome, she presents the exhibition "Sculptures of Thought" by Marco Agostinelli. Immediately afterwards she wrote the screenplay for the monographic documentary dedicated to Venanzo Crocetti. In the autumn-winter she curates the monographic exhibition by Marco Agostinelli, which involves the Municipality of Venice, the Province of Venice and the Veneto Region in the splendid setting of Palazzo Zenobio in Venice, already home to the exhibition pavilions of the Biennale of Visual Arts.

From 2009 to 2011 she collaborated constantly with Palazzo Zenobio of the Mechitarist order of the Armenians of San Lazzaroas curator of exhibitions. Above all, the exhibition "Kaarisilta and Paul Gustaffson" by the artists of the well-known Finnish school of re-education through the visual arts, with the participation of the Embassy of Finland. In June of the same year, she also hosted the exhibition organized by MAXXI of Rome "Abitare le case, by Michele Valori" as curator of the Palazzo for the Architecture Biennale.

In 2010 she founded the Venetian Cultural Association (Palazzo Zenobio / RO.SA.M.) of which she became president a few years later. In 2010 she presented the environmental sculpture project "Nine artists for reconstruction" to the Municipality of L' Aquila with the participation of Mauro Staccioli, Hidetoshi Nagasawa and Beverly Pepper.

From 2012 to 2014 she collaborated as curator with the exhibition space the Officina delle Zattere in Venice where among the most important exhibitions during the 54th Biennale, she curated "Metamorphosis of the virtual" with the participation of ORLAN, Pia MyrvoLD and Miguel Chevalier. In the summer of 2013 she curated the exhibition "The common thread" by Federica Marangoni for the Brufa sculpture park.

In 2013 she took care of the donation of the large theater for Parco del Sole by the American sculptress Beverly Pepper to the Municipality of L'A quila, whose construction works were financed by ENI for about one million euros. In 2014 she collaborated on the project "See the music" with the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.

Between 2014 and 2015 she curates (together with the Superintendency of Rome, the Municipality of Rome, the Rome Art-Museums Foundation and the Embassy of the United States of America) the exhibition of environmental sculpture by the artist Beverly Pepper at the Ara Museum Pacis.

In 2014 she submitted a request to the Quirinale for the honor to Beverly Pepper that the artist received from President Napolitano in January of the following year.

In 2015 she presented the project "The table of silence" by Rossella Vasta to the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, supported by UNESCO for which he obtained patronage. In the same year, on the occasion of the 55th Biennale of Art and Expo in Milan, she also presented four installations in the exhibition space EL MAGAZEN dell'ARTE in Venice, worked out the project for the exhibition "The monumental jewel", presenting it at Palazzo Mocenigo of the Civic Museums Veneziani and she is entrusted with the care of the painting exhibition "The unique work" by the Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center.

In 2016 she curated the exhibition "The Wall of Democracy" at the Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center and wrote the subject and screenplay of the film "The Angels of the Art" (narrative voice Ottavia Piccolo) for Kaarisilta, the historic Finnish school of art for people with disabilities. From December 2016 until February 2017 she curates the exhibition "Mare Internum, the table of Silence" by Rossella Vasta in collaborationone with the craftsmen of Lampedusa at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome with the patronage of the Municipalities of Lampedusa and Palmanova, of the United States Embassy in Italy, of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities. At the same time she curates the photography exhibition "Evaporations" at the Palazzo Cipolla museum in Rome for the Arte-Musei Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America. On January 2017, she presented the exhibition "Homage to Lucrezia" at the Magazzino Gallery in Palazzo Polignac Contarini, dedicated to the well-known figure of the art world, Baroness Lucrezia de Domizio Durini.

In May 2017 she writes and presents the DADO guide dedicated to the exhibitions and cultural events organized by RO.SA.M. On the occasion of the Venice Art Biennale and she elaborates the "OCEANUS" sustainability project which involves the English artist Jason deCaires Taylor, dedicated to the pollution of plastic in the sea for which she obtains the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and UNESCO.

Also in the same year she joined the scientific committee of the prize "La Calcina - John Ruskin, to write about architecture". In 2018 she collaborates with Emergency for the donation and permanent installation in the Venice office of Rossella Vasta's work dedicated to immigrants, and coming from the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome and for the care of the photographic exhibition "Fiori di Strada", dedicated to the activities of the KISEDET NGO in Tanzania.

In September of the same year she published the book "Reconstructing with art" with the publishing house Progedit, which she presented on the 22 of September 2018 at the Palazzo dell'Emiciclo of the Abruzzo Regional Council and on the 17 of November 2018 at the Ateneo Veneto. Also on the 22 of September 2018, she curated and organized the inauguration event of the Parco del Sole amphisculpture in L'Aquila in collaboration with the Municipality of L'Aquila and the CARISPAQ Foundation.

In January 2019, she was invited to take care of the donation of works by the artist Linda Karshan to the Abruzzo Regional Council as part of the "Nine artists for reconstruction" project.

On March 2019, Karshan donated the Soundings works and the site-specific work built in the ancient cellar of the Palazzo dell'Emiciclo library in collaboration with the authorities and students of the University of L' Aquila, on the occasion of the national ANCE youth conference.

In May of the same year she presented the exhibition "Te veo, Me veo" by the Dominican artist Lidia Léon in the Palladian church of the Zitelle at the Venice Biennale 2019, on the occasion of 120 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and the Dominican Republic, in collaboration with the LiLeon Foundation and the Embassy of the United States of America. She wrote the monographic book "Te veo, Me veo exhibition and the art's work of Lidia Leon" and was nominated by the Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic curator of the National Pavilion at the Venice 2020 Biennale. 

On May 2021 she curated the exhibition "Arcipelago Laguna - Mostra Fotografica di Luigi "Gigi" Ferrigno" together with her daughter Costanza, hosted by Galleria della Gondola e dell'Ecosistema Lagunarein Venice.

She is currently working on the realization of the documentary "From Ashurbanipal library to Linda Karshan's Eagle library" in collaboration with the British Museum, the National Gallery and Sir Soane's Museum in London, on LiLeon's Conexión project which will represent the Pavilion of the Republic Dominican at the next Venice Architecture Biennale, and the "Memory, the light of time" project by Federica Marangoni scheduled at the Marciana library in Venice. 

From 1991 until today she has lectured, written in catalogs and curated exhibitions for numerous artists in different exhibition spaces and her activities have spoken daily and mass media.

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