Mariaemanuela Messina is an award-winning writer, researcher, and curator based between London and Milan. She has worked in the media industry, fashion, television, art and sound curating.
Her book CINEMA.MODA Il cinema e la moda tra filmico e sociale (Rome, 2011) examines the symbiotic relationship between cinema and fashion, which is used as a textbook at Bologna University and Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli in Italy (link for the program, and link).
In 2007 she was awarded the 'International Prize Filippo Sacchi' (2007 - SNGCI) at the 65th Venice Film Festival - La Biennale.
Mariaemanuela’s publications have been placed in fashion and media studies. The core of her interdisciplinary work consists on the construction of contemporary subjectivities and the representation of the body in relation to cultural spaces.
Her projects have presented on different media, digital magazines, international academic symposia, conferences, and academic journals, including The Journal of Dress History (UK, 2019), University of Bedfordshire ( Sewing Reality: Fashion in Non-Fiction Media, UK, 2018), Goldsmiths University (UK, 2015), Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery (UK, 2015), Spazio Zone Moda - Italian Fashion Studies (Bologna University, Italy, 2013), Radio RAI (a radio program ‘Le Conseguenze della Moda’, Rome, Italy, 2013) and many more.
She has curated events and a multi-site project individually and in collaboration with a London based group of artists specialised in the production of art and sonic art events within multidisciplinary practices, involving installations, performance, experimental music, electronic, noise, industrial and audio-visual live sets.
She holds a post-graduate qualification in Fashion Studies - Departments of Design, Media and Communications - from Goldsmiths University, London (UK) and a Bachelor's Honours Degree in Drama, Art, and Music Studies - Curriculum Cinema from The Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna University, Italy.
Regarding her specific areas of research interest, she is drawn towards subjects such as: Identity, the body, objects, and hybrid cultures; She is interested in the way visual material informs and influences the process in which we understand and represent the present and ourselves; The themes of identity and the body within the contemporary scenario, characterised by instability and social complexity, in which identities are constructed as appearance, and individuals are free to change adopting a variety of configurations within bodily and cultural hybridizations.