Isabella Pers

Isabella Pers

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Nohas’ Ark (Read info)

aA29 Projects



The main themes of Isabella Pers’ research are the observation and connections between natural, social and cultural ecosystems, the impact of anthropocentric dominion on the life of the planet and the transformations of our time. 

Her participatory actions investigate the cognitive processes that aspire to symbiosis between all the living beings, analyzing the dynamics that characterize the choices of the human species and imagining new visions through the encounter between different perceptions. In recent years I have been working on the memory of water and plants, and how human actions can interact symbiotically with these paths.

With her sister Tiziana Pers founded RAVE East Village Artist Residency, a project that promotes the research on contemporary art in dialogue with the biocentric philosophy and anti-speciesist thought.  RAVE takes places in a farmhouse where animals that we rescued from the slaughterhouse and trees rescued from the knocking down live. The artists who took part at RAVE are Adrian Paci, Ivan Moudov, Regina José Galindo, Diego Perrone, Tomás Saraceno, Igor Grubic and Giuseppe Stampone. 

Member of the jury of Unsolicited Proposal Program 2014-2015 and Franchise Program 2015, Apexart, New York, and di full(Y)_grounding by Bridge Art 2017, 2018 and 2019.

She partecipated at talks and dialogues in various institution, including PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano,  Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Casa Cavazzini, Udine, International Forum InCE/ Continental Breakfast, Venezia, PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Florence, and in different Institutions and festivals.

In 2008 she presented the project Vesuvian Raphsody (realized by Persisters at MADRE Museum in Naples) at imagine art after: Satellite Talk, E:vent, East End London, with Breda Beban, curator of the exhibition image art after at TATE Britain. 

Guest Lecturers: Alterità Arte e Antropologia, RAVE with Cà Foscari Venice, Udine and Montenegro Universities,  NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, seminar ABC Diary, Phenomenology of Contemporary Visual Arts of prof. Leonardo Caffo (2020), Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano, course by prof. Laura Cherubini (2019); Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo, course of Daniela Bigi, course Multimedia Communication and Information Technologies by Marco Rossitti, Università di Udine, course Multimedia sciences and technologies by Marco Rossitti, (2018);  École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy, Philosophy of Art course by prof. Federico Nicolao (2017), Università degli Studi di Udine, international conference The real wealth of Nations, prof. Antonella Riem (2016) and international conference Living together on this earth. eco-sustainable narratives and environmental concerns (2017), Politecnico di Milano, Urbanism and Urban Design course by prof. Stefano Boeri and Michele Brunello, seminar Animal City. Down from the stand (2015), 



Solo shows and Performances



When mind becomes form, collective performance, PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Firenze


RAVE around Palermo, Manifesta12, Planetary Garden. Cultivating coexistence, European Nomadic Biennial, collateral event Border Crossing, drawings by Isabella and Tiziana Pers, texts by Iara Boubnova, Leonardo Caffo, Daniele Capra, Giuliana Carbi, Nico Covre, Mylène Ferrand, Pietro Gaglianò, Valentina Sonzogni, Spazio Y, Palazzo Savona, Palermo, curated by Lori Adragna and Andrea Kantos

When mind becomes form, collective performance, Music Art Park Fvg, in dialogue with Tagliamento River Stone Ring by Richard Long, Art Park Verzegnis, collection Egidio Marzona, curated by Butik collective


The Next Flow, aA29 project room, Milano, curated by Pietro Gaglianò

Teitiota, public installations within the international conference Living Together on this Earth, Udine University


Caring Voices, Isabella and Tiziana Pers, Palazzo Manin, Udine, curated by Leonardo Caffo and Martina Peruch, organized by All /Udine University within the international conference The real wealth of Nations, in collaboration with Vulcano unità di produzione contemporanea

Present, video projection, festival Vicino/lontano Premio Terzani


MADRI, curated by Eleonora Raspi, VolterraVegan, Volterra, Pisa 


Opening, performance, SetUp Art Fair, curated by Giovanna Giannini Guazzugli for Sponge ArteContemponaea


Trivignano Dreasm by PERSISTERS, City Art Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Opening, performance, Corpiscomodi, Cantù

Trivignano Dreams, NDK Lovers Bridge, Sofia, Bulgaria


Trivignano Dreams, Krossing, official collateral event of the 53th Venice Biennale of Art , Forte Marghera, Venice  

ECHO, video installation, Palazzo Reale, Napoli


Vesuvian Rhapsody by PERSISTERS, performance, N.Est, MADRE Museum, Naples, project room curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio and Stefania Palumbo


ECHO, performance, PAN|Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Palazzo Reale, International Forum Fastforword on New Media Art, Naples, curated by Patrizia Di Maggio


I Cercaluna, theatrical performance with and by the poet Pierluigi Cappello 

Al di là del sonno, performance, XXIV Biennale di Scultura di Gubbio, curated by Giorgio Bonomi


PERS2003, Palazzo Frangipane, Tarcento (Udine), curated by Gianluca Marziani 

Juliet, Trieste, curated by Roberto Vidali           

Isabella Pers, GIT Grado, Gorizia, curated by Luca Beatrice


Chiaro/SCURO by Isabella and Tiziana Pers,  Spazio Juliet, Casier di Treviso, curated by Roberto Vidali


Madison Avenue. Where Fashion Meets Art, in collaboration with The Whitney Museum of American Art, Ezair Gallery, New York                                                                                                                           



Group exhibitions 



Noah’s Ark, ARKAD c.e. Manifesta 13 Marseille – Les Parallèles du Sud, curated by Dimora OZ and Analogique, in partnership with ESADMM. 

Contrappunto, Casa Cavazzini Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Udine, curated by Francesca Agostinelli and Vania Gransinigh 

Ex-Machina, Convento del Carmine Museum, Scicli (Ragusa), curated by Rosa Cascone and Lara Gaeta, observers Laura Barreca, Maurizio Bortolotti, Rossella Farinotti, Diego Mantoan, produced by Site Specific and aA29 Project Room 

emergencyexit_Italian Artists in quarantine, IG project curated by Adriana Rispoli

Ti do la mia parola, online project curated by Butik Collective

Art Resistance Kit, IG project curated by That’s Contemporary

It’s gonna be #viral, Five Art Gallery, IG project curated by Rosa Cascone and aA29 project room

Telai, Officine Fratti, Perugia, curated by Butik collective


Libere tutte, Casa Testori, curated by Daniele Capra and Giuseppe Frangi

SCREENING AFTERNOON AT NYU. Sustainable Art Projects Caught on Video…, EDRA50 Brooklyn – Sustainable Urban Environments, NYU New York University Tandon, Brooklyn, New York City, curated by Diego Mantoan and Lara Gaeta, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Global Education Welcome to Venice, by Giuseppe Stampone, School for Curatorial Studies, VAP Venice Art Project, Venice, curated by Margherita Mannoni

When Mind becomes form, del moto et misura dell’acqua, collective medit/action and video installation, Invisible Cities Festival, Gorizia, in collaboration with Museo Leonardiano in Vinci, curated by Diego Mantoan

Open Ceremony, aA29 Project Room, Reggio Emilia

Videoartforum Bordercrossing Mediterraneum, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo, curated by Lori Adragna and Andrea Kantos


Nesxt/TheIndependent, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, curated by Elena Motisi and NESXT

The Miracle Series Part II: MIRACOLO A MILANO, curated by Eccentric Art & Research, aA29 Project Room, Milan

Between the elements, Manifesta 12 collateral event Border Crossing, project by Site Specific, Spazio Y,  Palazzo Savona, Palermo, curated by Lori Adragna

Livingbodies@blurringrealities, Partnership Studies Group, All/Udine University, Conoscenza in Festa, Udine

Immaginario oltre la crisi #3 nuove geografie, Palazzo Costanzi, Casa dell’Arte di Trieste 


Seoul Biennale of Architectureand Urbanism Imminent Commons, project RAVE around Seoul within the Architecture of Intelligence of Giuseppe Stampone, curated by Helen Hejung Choi

RAVE around Sofia, One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia, curated by Ivan Moudov, text by Iara Boubnova

Sous les pavés, la plage!, Festival dell’Internazionale di Ferrara, curated by Daniele Capra and Serena Ribaudo, Yoruba/Ferrara Off

Death by Water, Fondazione Giuseppe Whitaker, Villa Malfitano, Palermo, curated by Lorenzo Calamia

RAID Manumission Motel, a cura di Fat Studio, San Lazzaro di Savena (BO) 

Casa Sponge 10, curated by Serena Ribaudo

GuilmiArtProject / Nuova Didattica Popolare curated by Pietro Gaglianò


Teatrum Botanicum, PAV Parco Arte Vivente, Torino

POLITIC(S), Art Stays Festival, Ptuj, Slovenja, curated by Jernej Forbici and Marika Vicari, selected by Antonio Arevalo

Waiting for RAVE. Anticipations of a Posthuman Time, Villa Manin di Passariano, Udine, curated by Pietro Gaglianò for RAVE

Immaginario oltre la crisi #2, Palazzo Costanzi / Casa dell’Arte di Trieste, curated by Massimo Premuda


Maravee Therapy, Teitiota, Castello di Susans, Majano, Ud, curated by Sabrina Zannier

Alter, One and million chairs, Chiaramonte Gulfi, curated by Site Specific and Martina Cavallarin

M’Arte, Madri, Montegemoli, curated by Eleonora Raspi


BIO50 24th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, Slovenia, MAO Museum of Architecture and Design, curated by Giovanna Giannini Guazzugli and Sponge

Nuvole. Viaggio nell’Arte Indipendente, River Road, Scicli, curated by Sabrina Zannier


Italian Market, Hong Kong, curated by CCI Hong Kong and Macao


Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) archive, L’artista ha l’oro in bocca, project online by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery London, devised by Hans Ulrich Obrist,  Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle and Julia Peyton-Jones


The Last Book, a project curated by Luis Kamnitzer, New York Public Library, New York

54th Venice Biennale of Art, Magazzino 26, Trieste

Nessuno è perfetto (parte prima), 3g arte contemporanea, Udine


The Last Book, a project curated by Luis Kamnitzer, Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland 

The Berlin Wall, Promenade Gallery, Valona, Albania 

Blicke Sguardi Pogledi, Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt, by CRAF/Center of Research of Photography

Walls of Authority, Old Police Station, London


New Digital Age, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia, curated by Andrey Martynov

Videospritz®EST#4, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, curated by Laura Spolaore

Sguardi Pogledi,  Slovenski Etnografski Muzej, Ljubljana, curated by Walter Liva e G. Ellero 

TemperaturaEsterna, Sale Espositive della Provincia di Pordenone, curated by Sabrina Zannier


The Last Book, a project curated by Luis Kamnitzer, National Library Buenos Aires

SpilimbergoFotografia08, by CRAF/Center of Research and Archiviation of Photography, curated by A.Giusa e R.Del Grande

Trivignano Dreams by PERSISTERS, N.Est, MADRE Museum, Naples, project room curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio and Stefania Palumbo


Vicino/lontano, Premio Terzani, Udine

Art for Nothing, Mestna Galerija Nova Gorica, curated by BridA


Artiste, Teppiste, GAMC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bondeno, Ferrara


Contemporary Italian Painting, Dade-Miami Public Library, Miami

Openscreening, Whitechapel, London


MaraveeClorofilla, Ariis Ud, Villa Ottelio-Savorgnan, curated by Sabrina Zannier

Il sogno della pittura, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara


Multimerijdian, Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Pola, Croazia          

Striis, 3g arte contemporanea, Udine, curated by Andrea Bruciati      


NYAD2000, DFN Gallery, New York