Gabriella Ciancimino

Gabriella Ciancimino (Palermo, 1978).While completing her Painting at Fine Arts Academy of Palermo (2001-2005) Ciancimino was acquiring knowledge on humanist studies, mainly through history and philosophy. During those years, she practiced journalism together with political activism, which was the beginning of her investigation on Relational Dynamics and communication, still present in her “artistic practice”. For the last 10 years she has chosen a nomadic life, migrating constantly, and participating in various international residency programmes. Individual presentations of her work and special solo projects include “Fatimide Tales” , a site-specific project curated by the Manifesta 12 Education Department, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo (IT); Manifesta 12 collateral event “IN LIBERTY WE TRUST”, Palazzo Ziino, Palermo (IT) and “La stanza dello Scirocco” at Prometeogallery, Milan (IT) “Liberty Flowers”, at Libreria delle Donne, Milan (IT), all in 2016 and “All’allerbaggio” at Museo Villa Croce, Genova (IT), in 2013.
Ciancimino has been contributing with her work in institutional exhibitions such at MMOMA, Moscow (RU) in 2016; MACBA, Barcelona (ES) in 2014; Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse (FR), Museo Villa Croce, Genova (IT), PAV, Turin (IT), and Triennale di Milano, Milano (IT), all in 2013; Benin Biennal, at RISO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (IT), in 2012 and 2010; “Working For Change - Project for A Moroccan Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale” , Venice (IT) 2011.
Her works are in the public collections of Museo del Novecento, Milan (IT), Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille (FR), and Museo Villa Croce, Genova (IT).

Selected solo shows  


IN LIBERTY WE TRUST, a solo show of Gabriella Ciancimino invited by Palermo Academy of Fine Arts, curated by Daniela Bigi and Gianna Di Piazza, Palazzo Ziino, Palermo. The show is a Manifesta 12 collateral event.


La stanza dello Scirocco. Curated by Daniela Bigi, texts by Bartomeu Marì, Francesca Napoli. Prometeogallery, Milan (IT).


All’allerbaggio. Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa. Museo Villa Croce, Genova (IT).


Dalla Terronia Col Furgone. Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, Cardi Black Box Gallery, Milan (IT).


If iu Fil Homsik, Tink in Dailect! RITRATTO IN NERO DI SEPPIA. Curated by Giovanni Iovane, Galleria S.A.C.S, PALAZZO RISO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (IT).


Okkio per Okkio, Sessantaquakkio. Curated by Alessandra Ferlito e Raffaella Leone, Palazzo Bruca, Catania, (IT).


Ciancimino&Tammaro. Curated by Daniela Bigi. Galleria Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo (IT).  

Solo Special Projects


Fatimide Tales , a site-specific project curated by the Manifesta 12 Education Department, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo.


Liberty Flowers, curated by Francesca Pasini for Quarta Vetrina, Libreria delle Donne, Milan (IT).


Racconto di una relazione con le erbette aromatiche. Curated by Art at Work, Mambo, Bologna (IT).  

Selected group shows


XIX PREMIO CAIRO - 2018 , curated by Arte Magazine, Palazzo Reale di Milano. Returning to the Earth - Ecology & Urbane, , curated by Vikash Nand Kumar, Italian Embassy Cultural Center, New Delhi.


Deposito d'Arte Italiana Presente, special project for Artissima art fair, curated Ilaria Bonacossa and Simona Martini. Turin. Encounters 2017-Feed Me - curated by Leandre D'Souza. Residency and show organized in collaboration with the The Blank Contemporary Art (Bergamo, IT). City of Mumbay, India.

CAMPI. Convergenze parallele curated by Sara Benaglia and Mauro Zanchi, Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna, Association for Contemporary Art. Palazzo della Misericordia, Bergamo.

VIAGGIO IN SICILIA #7. Mappe e miti del Mediterraneo (a project of Planeta for Art and Territory) curated by Valentina Bruschi. Museo archeologico regionale Antonio Salinas, Palermo.


THE HUMAN CONDITION curated by Viktor Misiano at Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moscow (RU).

60mo Premio D'Arte Contemporanea Premio Termoli, IN CANTIERE curated by Anna Daneri at MACTE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Termoli (IT).


NEL MEZZO DEL MEZZO curated by Marco Bazzini, Christine Macel and Bartomeu Mari. PALAZZO RISO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia /Albergo delle Povere/Capella del’Incoronazione, Palermo (IT).


Sous nos yeux (partie 3). Curated by Abdellah Karroum and Soledad Gutiérrez. MACBA, Barcelona (ES).

GOLA. Arte e scienza del gusto. Curated by Cristiana Perrella, Triennale di Milano (IT).

Untitled. Curated by Sonya Dermience. Komplot, Bruxelles (BE).


Togli il Fermo (Let it go). Curated by Nari Ward. American Academy in Rome (IT).

Sous nos yeux (partie 2). Curated by Abdellah Karroum. La Kunsthalle, Centre d'art contemporain Mulhouse, (FR).

Dalla Collezione Brodbeck, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania (IT).

Internaturalità. Curated by Claudio Cravero. PAV (Parco Arte Vivente), Turin (IT).

Sous nos yeux (partie 1). Curated by Abdellah Karroum. La Kunsthalle, Centre d'art contemporain Mulhouse, (FR).


Bénin Biennale 2012: "Inventing World: The Artist as Citizen". Curated by Abdellah Karroum. Cotonou, Benin.

JF_JH LIBERTÉS.. Curated by Abdellah Karroum, L'appartement 22, Rabat (MO).

Liberty Flowers. Curated by Cristiana Perrella for TUTTO project, 26Cc, Rome (IT).


Surveillé(e)s. Curated by Abdellah Karroum, La Halle de Pont en Royans (FR).

Working For Change. Project for A Moroccan Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011. Curated by Abdellah Karroum. Ex Birrerie Punch, Venice (IT).

R22 Program at MDE11, Medellin, Colombia. Curated by L’appartement 22 (Rabat, MO).


Flowers, Animals, Urbans, Machines (fleurs, animaux, urbains, machines). Exhibition project curated by Abdellah Karroum, L’appartement 22, Rabat (MO).

1° volume di "Sentences on the banks and other activities". Live art exhibition curated by Abdellah Karroum, Darat al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan.

PPS paesaggio e popolo della Sicilia. Curated by Giovanni Iovane , PALAZZO RISO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (IT).

VIDEOit 2010- A NORD/SUD DEL MEDITERRANEO. Curated by Francesco Poli, Francesco Bernardelli, Mario Gorni, Fondazione Merz, Turin, (IT).


The Buffer Zone. Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Lexi Eberspacher, American Academy, Rome (IT).


La Casa Oltre - Progetti per un territorio 2. Curated by Anna Ajò, Daniela Bigi, Ex Scuderie Palazzo Farnese - Caprarola/VT (IT).

Passport#2. Curated by Daniela Bigi e Gianna Di Piazza. Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo (IT).


Unto. A critical food experience. Curated by Maurizio Coccia, Matilde Martinetti e Mara Predicatori. Palazzo Lucarini, Trevi/PG (Italy).


Il Genio di Palermo – Spazi aperti degli artisti - VI edizione. Curated by Daniela Bigi, Marina Giordano, Antonietta Malleo. Palermo (IT).


Passport # 1. Curated by Daniela Bigi. Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo (IT).  

Collections and Museums

FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille (FR).

Museo del Novecento, Milano (IT).

Villa Croce, Museo d'arte contemporanea, Genova (IT) PALAZZO

RISO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (IT).  


- 2016 Special Mention Award for 60mo Premio D'Arte Contemporanea Premio Termoli, curared by Anna Daneri.

- 2015 Swab Drawing Award by Col.lecció Diezy7, Barcelona (ES).

- 2010 VIDEOit A NORD/SUD DEL MEDITERRANEO. Fondazione Merz, Turin, (IT).  

Residency Programme


Residency Unlimited, New York (USA). VIAGGIO IN SICILIA #7 Seventh edition of Planeta’s project for Art and Territory: Maps & Myths of the Mediterranean curated by Valentina Bruschi, nomadic artist residency.


Ficarra contemporary Divan, Ficarra, (IT). Artist in Residence VIR. ViaFarini, Milano (IT).


Artist in Residence, Komplot, Bruxelles (BE).


Artist in Residence, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania (IT).

Artist in Residence - La Kunsthalle, Centre d'art contemporain Mulhouse, (FR).


Rondo Studios – Artist in Residence 2012, scolarships offered by the province of Styria. Rondo Studios, Graz (AU).

Artist in Residence - L'appartement 22, Rabat (MO).

WARP Artistes Village, C-MINE, Genk (BE).


Expedition 9 / Montagnes du Rif by L'appartement 22 (Rabat, MO), Beni - Boufrah village, Rif Mountains (MO).


Research residency at Centre culturel Blaise Senghor in Dakar (Senegal), invited by L'appartement 22, Rabat (MO).

Artist in Residence - L'appartement 22, Rabat (MO).  



6° sessione del Laboratorio Art, Technologie et Ecologie; Production, Post-production: du travail à l’oeuvre (Production, Post-Production: from work to expression), Lot 219, atelier de L’appartement 22 in Fez (Marocco). In collaboration with l’ESAV-Marrakech.


Independence… da cosa, da chi, per fare cosa e con chi?! Un workshop sulle politiche ed economie delle iniziative independent (From what, from whom, to do what, with whom?!A workshop on the politics and economics of independent initiatives) . Curated by Cecilia Canziani, Francesco Ventrella, 1:1projects, Rome (IT).