Nicola Setari (1978) is a researcher, curator and editor. He was an agent of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, contributing to the artistic and educational programme. He also co-edited volume 2/3 of the catalogue of dOCUMENTA (13) – ‘The Logbook’ (Hatje and Kantz, 2012).
Between 2006 and 2009, he was editor in chief and publisher of the cross-disciplinary art magazine ‘Janus’. In 2010 and 2011, he was co-curator of the Visionary Africa platform for the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and co-editor of ‘David Adjaye’s GEO-graphics: A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present’ (BOZAR Books, Silvana Editoriale, 2010).
In 2012 he was co-curator of the exhibition ‘Free Associations’, which gathered fourteen independent Italian art magazines and art spaces at La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert in Paris. More recently, he was co-curator of ‘Via the Virtual’, which focused on the impact of the digital age on painting since the nineties, organised by the Cultural Centre in Strombeek, in partnership with the SMAK Museum in Ghent.
Setari is a professor of Visual Anthropology at the New Academy for Fine Arts in Milan and is also Secretary-General of the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris. His fields of research are visual culture and media studies, with a focus on contemporary iconoclasm. He regularly contributes to the journal ‘Medium’ and has written various catalogue essays on renowned artists. He holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Art Sciences (IUAV University Venice).
The curator works and lives in Brussels.