Premio Combat Prize

Jury - Premio Combat Prize



Walter Guadagnini Walter Guadagnini, was born in Trentino in 1961 - but turinese roots - is rightly regarded as a key figure in Italy, in the panorama of photography. He directed from 1995 to 2005 the Galleria Civica di Modena, leading for eight years - until 2003 - the review Modena per la fotografia. Professor of History of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna since 1992, he has curated important exhibitions in museums and institutions ranging from MAMBo Bologna to Strozzina of Florence, the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. In 2007 is Commissaire unique at Paris Photo for the section dedicating to Italy. He is creator and curator of the history of photography series published by Skira in 4 volumes from 2011 to 2014, with the contribution of the most important international historians and critics of photography. He is responsible since 2006 of the photography section of the Giornale dell’Arte and from 2015 he works alongside Diane Dufour and Elio Grazioli in the artistic direction of the international festival Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia. From 2016 he is director of Camera centro per la Fotografia italiano.

Lorenzo Balbi Lorenzo Balbi (Torino, 1982. Lives and works in Torino) is director at MAMbo, Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bologna. He graduated from Ca' Foscari University in Venice with a BA in Fine Art and Conservation of Cultural Heritage and from the University of Turin with an MA in Contemporary Art History. His texts and articles were published by several reviews and magazines, including: Il Giornale dell'Arte, Inside Art, Artribune, Mousse, La Stampa, Exibart, ATP Diary, Il Giornale dell'Architettura. He was artistic director at Verso Artecontemporanea Gallery in Turin, an exhibition space devoted to the research on emerging artists from South-East Asia. Recently he was part of the board of Nesxt, Indipendent Art Festival, curator of the Live Program for DAMA, the new experimental fair for emerging international galleries, and curator of the Pomilio Blumm Prize, prize for contemporary artists made in collaboration with Magnolia and Sky Arte HD. Assistant curator since 2007 at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, he teaches Curatorial Methodology at Campo Course for Curators ( and he works on the exhibition projects for the institution in both venues of Torino and Guarene d'Alba. His works is expecially focused on the exhibitions of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection abroad. Among his curated shows: Neve chimica (Casa Olimpia, Sestriere, 2012); Riikka Kuoppala. La casa di biscotti (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2013); Thomas Teurlai. Europium (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2014); Stanze/Rooms (meCollectors Room, Berlino, 2014); Pierre Michelon. Parole e angurie (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2015); Spin-Off (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Quito, 2015); Daniel Frota. Irrealis Mood (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2016). After working for the project as an assistant to former coordinators Ilaria Bonacossa (in 2009) and Stefano Collicelli Cagol (in 2011 and 2012), in 2005 he became curator and coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Programme (


Francesca Baboni Francesca Baboni. Lives in Correggio (Re). Graduated in classical studies with art history program from the University of Bologna, she is an art critic, art historian and independent curator. For several years she has been curating solo and group exhibitions of contemporary artists for private spaces, with a particular focus on painting and photograph. She has been a contributor to many art periodicals and she is currently editor for Artribune magazine. She collaborates with Correggio Art Home, a study center dedicated to the painter Antonio Allegri known as Correggio, and she is a member of the board of directors of Fondazione Il Correggio, which oversees its activities.


Andrea Bruciati Andrea Bruciati (Corinaldo, 1968)is director at Villa Adriana e Villa D'Este, Tivoli. Received his degree in Contemporary Art History after writing his thesis on Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni. From 2002 to 2011, he has been director at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea (GC. AC) of Monfalcone, and from 2012 to 2016 he has been artistic director at ArtVerona Fair in Verona. He contributes to several specialist magazines and plays an active role in the debate regarding a national network for research and training in the field of contemporary art. He is also interested in this regard in the international promotion of the younger generation of Italian artists who work on the peninsula, with the establishment of the MOROSO Prize for Contemporary Art and the dissemination of new media. Among the exhibitions he has organised are: Ouverture: Art from Italy (2002); Painting Codes (2006); Arrivals and Departures_ Europe: a new generation of artists (2010); 00 ITALIA: 100 masterpieces for a hypothesis of History (2012); Yellowing of the Lunar Consciousness (2013); visions for an inventory (2014); The Rooms of Aragon (2015), Morandi and Agnetti: difference and repetition (2016) and Versus (2016).


Federica Chiocchetti Federica Chiocchetti is a photography critic, curator, lecturer and editor. She has recently co-curated the exhibition Invisible Stratum for the 2017 edition of the Tokyo Photo Festival in Japan, and the 2017 edition of the Jaipur Photo Festival in India. Her past exhibitions includes Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex, for Photo 50 at the London Art Fair (2016), P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author, at the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with the V & A and the Art Fund (2015-2016), Amateur Unconcern: A Photo-Literary Fantasy, as part of FORMAT Festival 2015, Tommaso Tanini's H. said he loved us, at the Kunsthalle Budapest (2014) and Love and Lead [Love and Lead]: the Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, co-curated and co-edited with Roger Hargreaves for the Archive of Modern Conflict at the Brighton Photo Biennial and winner of the Kraszna Krausz 2015 Best Photography Book Award (2014). Her writings have appeared in IMA, The Eyes, Der Greif, Photoworks, FOAM, Objektiv, Unseen magazine, EXTRA, The British Journal of Photography, Krakow Photomonth, The Photographers' Gallery Blog and MAPP Editions (MACK). She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University College of London and MSc in Book Publishing and Literature from the University of Milan.


Stefano Taddei Stefano Taddei. Born in Vignola (MO) and he lives in Albinea (RE). He gained a degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage - Contemporary Field from the University of Parma. He is an art critic and an independent curator.