Gaia Tedone is a London-based curator and researcher with an interest in photography and the moving image. She holds a BA in Economics for the Arts, Culture and Communication, from Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (2005), an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London (2008) and was a Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (2011). She worked within Tate Modern’s curatorial department, assisting on acquisitions and displays for the Collection of Photography and International Art, as well as at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and The David Roberts Arts Foundation, London. Amongst her recent exhibitions, Twixt Two Worlds, Whitechapel Gallery, London & Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2014-15); Rotta di Collisione, Artopia, Milan (2013); Shifting Gazes, Guest Projects, London (2013). Gaia was recently nominated for the ICI Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award and is a jury member for the 2015 edition of the Celeste Prize and Apulia Land Art Festival. Her writings and editorial work regularly appear in online magazines and exhibition’s catalogues.
Gaia’s engagement with photography began with an undergraduate thesis entitled ‘Photography as a source for history: the experience of the Farm Security Administration’ (2005), in which she analysed the relevance of the FSA’s documentation within the social and political history of the U.S. and its contribution to the history of photography as an artistic form. Since then, her research into the field of photography has significantly expanded, and today embraces enquiries into the field of visual studies with a particular focus on the shifting conditions of images within contemporary culture at large. Over the past ten years, Gaia’s understanding of photography has been crucially informed by a curatorial work which combines an interest towards the technologies and apparatuses of image formation, both historical and contemporary, with an experimental approach that attempts to engage more broadly with images drawn from the wider visual culture. These interrelated research axes have been explored through a number of key curatorial projects: the exhibition Twixt Two Worlds (Whitechapel Gallery, London 2014; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne 2015), the think tanks We_Are_(In)_Puglia (Vessel, Bari, 2013) and The Mediatic Accident (Impakt Works, Utrecht, 2012), and the online project Is Seeing Believing? (or-bits.com, TRUE, 2011). Gaia is interested in the construction of public and private collections, photographic archives and counter-archives, and in the transition between the still and the moving image.
She entertains an on-going love affair with the magic lantern.