Valentina Vella is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and poet born in Rome, Italy. She holds an MA in English literature from Roma Tre University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. She was the recipient of a CAA Fellowship in 2014. She has performed at La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Links Hall and MCA Chicago. In 2014 she made A Ride West, an experimental film that explores the violent American myths of conquest and self-reliance through a Jungian lens. It is based on a journey on horseback through the American landscape that she attempted in 2013. After a few years of extreme precarity and ill health she is trying to be active again. She is currently working on NetherWorld, an often grim and sometimes danceable sound album about the horrors of neoliberalism. Her research as an art organizer revolves around the idea of practicing art as a commons. She lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Valentina Vella reports back from Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons’ second annual assembly “Our House is On Fire” (2019) and Climate Justice Code work ahead of their third assembly “We Owe Each Other Everything” that will take a new format online December 11-12, 2020.