The orchestras of transformation

new artistic imaginaries for the 2030 Agenda



curated by
Sara Alberani, Valerio Del Baglivo (Locales),
Matteo Lucchetti, Judith Wielander (
Visible project)
project manager
Francesca Abbado


The orchestras of transformation is a project that combines contemporary artistic imagination with new action strategies for achieving the SDG objectives of the 2030 Agenda, in the medium term. The themes of gender-based violence, regenerative actions for the climate crisis and underwater life, and the overcoming of social inequalities are at the center of this edition for the city of Rome.


Initiated on the occasion of the 2020 Rome Charter launch, and commissioned by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, the project The orchestras of transformation invites three international artists  Cooking Sections, Jasmeen Patheja and Marinella Senatore + Johanne Affricot to rethink artistic methods of intervention in the public sphere to implement paths of change and promote alternative imaginaries. Also due to the current pandemic situation, the team of The Orchestras, in dialogue with the artists, has developed a multiform method of artistic presentation which includes establishing collaborations with local and international actors, developing social-media campaigns and podcast palimpsests with a powerful mediatic impact and aimed at a wider audience.


Starting from ongoing research and projects, each artist has chosen to address  a different SDG, working towards the implementation of new forms of awareness and generating new learning paths on urgent issues. Indian artist Jasmeen Patheja (SDG 5: Gender equality) in collaboration with feminist and and LGTBQI+ associations, will develop a podcast campaign to reflect on the theme of gender-based violence. The British duo Cooking Sections (SDG 2: Achieving Food Security and Better Nutrition; SDG 13: Acting for the Climate; SDG 14: Life Underwater) will conduct a social media campaign to raise awareness on the negative impact of salmon farming on the global maritime ecosystem. Finally, the artist Marinella Senatore (SDG 10: Reducing inequalities) in collaboration with Italian-Haitian-Ghanian culture curator Johanne Affricot, will intervene in the public space of the city of Rome with a mobile anti-monument dedicated to the mobile, fluid, intersectional contemporaneity that stands out in opposition to the architectures of power of Italian history in Rome.


 artist profiles: Jasmeen Patheja, Cooking Sections, Marinella Senatore + Johanne Affricot


Portrait: Jasmeen Patheja (2016)
Photo credit: Arvind Rajan


Jasmeen Patheja is an artist and human rights activist living and working in Bangalore. Her artistic practice focuses on the development of socially engaged actions, bringing issues related to gender-based violence to public attention. Patheja is the founder and facilitator of the Blank Noise project, a growing community of Action Sheroes, Heroes, Theyroes: citizens and people, committed to ending sexual and gender-based violence. Patheja started the Blank Noise project in 2003, in response to the media and social silence on street harassment and verbal gender-based assaults. In 17 years she has designed a wide range of public interventions, using different forms of media to raise public awareness and build forms of civil responsibility on the problem. The project, through paths of listening to testimonies of sexual violence, also provides legal advice in case women necessitate compensation for the sexual harassment received. Phateja also works on a political level with victims' associations to formulate stricter laws against gender harassment.


Jasmeen Patheja, I Never Asked for It, Blank Noise, dal 2003. Photo credit: Jasmeen Pathejaa

In 2019, Patheja received the prestigious Visible Award for Socially Engaged Art Practices. She recently received the Jane Lombard Fellowship from the New School's Vera List Center For Art and Politics, New York. In 2015 he received the International Award For Public Art, as part of the Talk To Me (Blank Noise) project. Finally she was the beneficiary of Awesome Without Borders, from the Harnisch Foundation. In 2019 the BBC included her among the 12 artists who are changing the world. Patheja is a TED and TED speaker and Ashoka Fellow. Her work has received numerous media mentions including The Atlantic, New York Times, The Guardian. He is currently a resident artist at the Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology.



Portrait: Cooking Sections
Photo credit: Lourdes Cabrera


Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is an artistic duo living and working in London. The duo was created to explore the systems that organize our contemporary societies through food. Using installations, performances, mapping and video, their research practice explores the boundaries between visual arts, architecture, ecology and geopolitics. Since 2015, they have been working on CLIMAVORE, a site-specific project which explores how the food system is changing due to climate change. In 2016 they opened THE EMPIRE REMAINS SHOP, a platform to trigger a series of critical debates on the implications of the colonial past. Their first book on the project was published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.


Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the United States Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. Their work has also been exhibited at the 2019 Los Angeles Public Art Triennale; Sharjah Architecture Triennial and 13th Sharjah Biennial; Manifesta12, Palermo; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University of New York; Serpentine Galleries, London; Atlas Arts, Skye; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection; HKW Berlin; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016; Brussels ParckDesign; the artists were in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London.


Cooking Sections, Climavore: On Tidal Zones, dal 2005, Isola di Skye - Scozia. Photo Credit: Colin Hattersely

Upcoming solo shows will be held at Tate Britain, SALT Istanbul and Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, as well as a new commission for the New Orleans Triennial P.5. They conduct a study course at the Royal College of Art, London, and are visiting professors at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

In 2019 they received the Future Generation Special Art Prize and were finalists for the Visible Award for socially engaged practices. Daniel Fernández Pascual received the Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize 2020 for the research project Being Shellfish.



Marinella Senatore - 2018, The School of Narrative Dance - We the Kids. Produced by Peggy Guggenheim Venice. Piazza San Marco, Venice. Courtesy Peggy Guggenheim Collection, OVS, The artist. 

Marinella Senatore (Cava de' Tirreni, Salerno, 1977) lives and works in Rome and Paris. She studied at the Music Conservatory of Avellino (1997), the Naples Academy of Fine Arts (1998) and the Experimental Cinematography Centre in Rome (2001). She is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Castilla La-Mancha in Spain (UCLM), where she has also been a lecturer for seven years. In 2013 she founded the School of Narrative Dance, a multidisciplinary, nomadic and free school that has made several stops around the world. She has been selected to participate in several important group exhibitions, including: Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018; Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 2016; 13th Biennale of Lyon, curated by Ralph Rugoff; the 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, curated by Katerina Gregos, 2015; the Liverpool Biennale of Contemporary Art and XII Bienal de Cuenca, 2014; the 7th International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Gothenburg; the 6th Biennial of the moving image in Malines, 2013; the 11th Havana Biennale in 2012; and the 54th Venice Biennale, curated by Bice Cugier, in 2011. Senatore has had also personal exhibitions dedicated to her work in different museums, from the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013 to the Queens Museum in New York in 2017. Senatore has received numerous awards, recent achievements include: The Evelyn Award from the York Museum in York, UK, and the International Art Grant from The Foundation of Arts and Music in Dresden, Germany, both in 2017, and the fourth edition of the Italian Council (2018).


Marinella Senatore, “Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration”, participative performance, 2016, within the exhibition “De Rerum Rurale”, 16a Quadriennale d'arte - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. Photo Credit: Okno studio. Courtesy of the artist

Through her participatory artistic practice, Marinella Senatore questions the bio-politics of different communities, bypassing the traditionally separate roles of artist and audience to create a new, exciting and contagious artistic movement. By strengthening the collective resources of the individuals involved in her projects, she builds experiences based on an unconventional didactic model of learning and participation, offering a platform for collaboration and social encounters. Her approach aims to contribute ethically to a more democratic and collective understanding of creativity. Senatore uses multiple disciplines, including performance, installation, film, photography, drawing and collage.



Portait: Johanne Affricot
Photo credit: © Marco Brunelli

Johanne Affricot
is an Italian culture curator of Haitian and Ghanian descent, born and raised in Rome. Graduated in Cooperation and International Development, she is the founder and artistic director of GRIOTmag , a media platform, an artistic and cultural collective which produces, collects, shares, amplifies Contemporary Culture, Arts, Music, Style, from Africa, the African diaspora and beyond; and GRIOT Space, a nomadic location that platforms experimentation, exploration and discussion.

In 2015 she curated the discussion panel “Afroitalians in the Arts Today” within the exhibition “Nero su Bianco” (Black on White) at the American Academy in Rome. She is the author and director of the documentary series “The Expats, The Untold Stories of Black Italians Abroad” (2016-2017) and “Motherland >” (2017 - present). She is the Artistic Director of “Mirrors”, a contemporary dance and videoart performance designed for the  “Italy, Cultures, Africa” program of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Maxxi -Rome, 2018; Teatro Giuseppe Verdi -Addis Abeba, UJ Arts Centre Theatre -  Johannesburg, Daniel Sorano National Theatre, Dakar, 2019), and is the curator of “(Memorie) In Ascolto” (Listening Memories) for Futura Memoria/Contemporaneamente Roma festival (2019).  In 2020 she curated for Der Grief the online exhibition “Guest Room: Johanne Affricot” and in 2021 she has been selected by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs as one of the ten women to promote Italian language, culture and creativity around the world, in the video series “Portraits of women” within the online portal “Italiana”.



is a project by

Locales e Visible (Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto / Fondazione Zegna)


LOCALES is a curatorial platform founded in Rome by Sara Alberani and Valerio Del Baglivo to reflect on the role of art in the redefinition of the public sphere  in the post-lockdown world. Through a series of site-specific and situated programs that include commissions of new artistic works, explorations in public space, moments of learning and performance, LOCALES addresses the complexity of contemporary urgencies starting from the political and social history of symbolic places in Rome  and communities that inhabit them.

In the city of Rome, LOCALES constitutes  a geography of places, institutions, cultural organizations with whom  collaborates and realizes  its programs: German Academy Rome Villa Massimo, Spanish Embassy in Italy, Casanatense Library, British School at Rome, Circolo Scandinavo, IILA - Istituto Italo Latino Americano, Museo delle Civiltà, National Roman Museum, NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts, Real Academia de España en Rome, RomaEuropa Festival, University of Roma Tre - Department of Architecture.



Visible (Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto / Fondazione Zegna) is a multiform project that since 2010 has been researching, supporting and producing contemporary artistic practices engaged on the most pressing societal issues, curated by Judith Wielander and Matteo Lucchetti. From 2011 to 2019 Visible has organized the Visible Award, the first European prize for socially engaged art, connecting more than 200 projects from around the world, collaborating with more that 150 curators, and inventing the format of the Temporary Parliament. An inclusive event of democratic participation in the decision-making process for assigning the award, involving prestigious institutions such as the Tate Modern, Serpentine Galleries, Van Abbemuseum, and the Queens Museum in New York, as well as real parliaments such as the Hotel de Ville in Paris and the City Council of Liverpool.

From 2021 Visible has launched a new fellowship program in collaboration with multiple public and private entities dedicated to socially engaged projects in progress, and based on the contexts and needs of these, to offer support to artists who dedicate their artistic work to experiment ideas and actions that have an impact on society. Visible has also produced exhibitions, performances, conferences, screening programs and study courses in collaboration with the following institutions: Creative Time, New York; The Venice Biennale; The High Line, New York; Kunsthaus Graz; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg; Statens Konstråd / Public Art Agency, Stockholm; Curatorlab at Konstfack University, Stockholm.