Nicola Setari


Chus Martìnez / W. J. T. Mitchell / Hilde Van Gelder


Nicola Setari, born in Brussels (1978), is a researcher, a curator and writer. Since 2013 he has been working as responsible of the editorial team of the ‘New Narrative for Europe’, the pilot project launched by the European Commission and Parliament to help the EU reconnect with its citizens.

He worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel. The Logbook, vol. 2/3 of the catalog of dOCUMENTA (13) was co-edited by him and he served as dean of the dOCUMENTA (13) Park Schönfeld Academy, the summer program for students coming from different art academies and universities from across Europe to work on several artistic projects in the exhibition.

Between 2006 and 2009, he was editor in chief and publisher of the cross-disciplinary art magazine Janus, based in Brussels. In 2010 and 2011 he was Project director and co-curator of the Visionary Africa platform for the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR) and co-editor of GEO-graphics: A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present (BOZAR Books, Silvana Editoriale, 2010). Visionary Africa included a traveling exhibition on the African continent.

His fields of research and practice are visual culture and contemporary art with a focus on iconoclasm. He holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Art Sciences (IUAV University Venice) and is professor of Visual Anthropology at the New Academy for Fine Arts in Milan. Since 2002, he is Secretary General of the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris.