Francesca Verga

Co-artistic director of Ar/Ge Kunst

Francesca Verga is currently co-artistic director of Ar/Ge Kunst, Kunstverein in Bolzano-Bozen, with Zasha Colah. She works on curating, management and research in visual, sound and performing arts.

Currently, she is Assistant Curator at the Italian Pavilion (Venice Biennale, 2024). She holds a PhD in Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam (2022), with a thesis on Mike Kelley’s early performance and video works. With a master’s degree in Museums Management (Milan, 2013), she held the position of General Coordinator for Manifesta 12 (Palermo, 2018) and was Curatorial Coordinator at the biennial Manifesta 13 (Marseille, 2020). She was granted the Italian Council’s curatorial fellowship (2020) and had been part of Archive Books (Berlin/Milan) since 2021.

Previously, she founded the online cultural platform Liaux ( and collaborated at cultural institutions and universities such as: Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations (Berlin), Barnard College (Columbia University), IED (Florence), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MACRO (Rome), IMT Schools for Advanced Studies (Lucca).

A light skinned person with dark long curly hair standing in front of a wooden door, wearing a light shirt with a dark blazer.

Francesca Verga. Photo Matteo de Mayda