Recent Fellows

Bogliasco Fellowship Recipients
Fall 2022


Francisco Bustamante

Francisco Bustamante – Architect, University of Chile, Valparaíso – Chile

Francisco Bustamante plans to study original urban typologies found in Italy and brought by Italian immigrants to Valparaíso, where their influence is still perceptible today. This project is part of the research developed by the Italian community of Valparaíso. "The Italian route in Valparaíso” seeks to make evident the material and immaterial legacy that this community built mostly from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century and that is still present. A publication will be the result of this project.

Sylvie Duvernoy

Sylvie Duvernoy – Architect, Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Milano – France/Italy

The 60 drawings of regular polyhedra by Leonardo da Vinci, published in a mathematical treatise in 1509, are a milestone in the history of scientific illustration. They are the first visual images of the solids that had been studied since antiquity and had never been shown previously as they look. What do we expect from scientific imagery? Should it be conceptual, self-explanatory, allegorical, measurable? Can perspective views support mathematical demonstration when quantity and proportion are at stake?

David Mayernik

David Mayernik – Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame's School of Architecture, Rome Studies Program – United States/Italy

David Mayernik will be developing his manuscript on how the creative process in the Renaissance worked, and how we might use it today. He is looking forward to hearing from other fellows about their creative processes, and exploring sites in and around Genova. In addition to writing, he plans to develop some of the illustrations for the book and do some plein air work if weather and time permit. He will have just finished a residency at the Cini Foundation in Venice, reimaging Vivaldi’s opera sets.

Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas – Associate Professor of Visual Arts, UC San Diego – Turkey/United States

Hollow Ocean 2048 is a research project that combines experimental architecture and ocean activism. Throughout her stay, Pinar Yoldas will combine scientific data on the future of oceans with architectural drawings, sketches, and models. The result will be a multi-platform publication, an e-book, web presence, and a physical collectible book.


Martha Hincapié Charry
Photo Phil Dera

Martha Hincapié Charry – Choreographer – Colombia

The trilogy HECATOMB: movements and rituals to renew the world by the Colombian BIPOC choreographer Martha Hincapie Charry explores the manifestation and challenges of phenomena such as the burning of rainforests, activism and the sixth mass extinction. The third part of the trilogy, HECATOMB III Apocalypse & Epilogue, will focus on the development of methods and strategies for a durational performance in a live/online format where participants will have encounters with indigenous knowledge, opening a dialogue and raising awareness.


Taghrid Abouelhassan

Taghrid Abouelhassan – Screenwriter and Director – Egypt

Taghrid Abouelhassan will be working on Red Velvet, a feature film she is writing and directing. The film deals with the questions of love and freedom. A young Egyptian couple with different beliefs challenges the resilience of their choices as they journey within themselves, evaluating their beliefs and freedom. Her Egyptian heritage helps to mold a unique world where religion, black magic, and Pharaonic dominance affects every aspect of her film.

Jan Krawitz

Jan Krawitz – Documentary Filmmaker, Professor Emerita, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University – United States

Jan Krawitz will be editing a short, experimental documentary with a working title of Mother’s Maiden Name. The film is the third in a trilogy of short films (Mirror Mirror, In Harm’s Way) about women and gender and will be comprised entirely of archival footage. The found footage, sourced from more than 100 instructional films from the 1950s, will be parsed and re-contextualized to offer an alternative narrative about traditional gender stereotypes.

Corrie Parks

Corrie Francis Parks – Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) – United States

Tectonic is a meditation on the incomprehensible age of the earth and our place in its timeline. Through a new approach to sand animation, the film examines the cyclical nature of the earth’s fundamental processes, and the anthropogenic disruption of our most recent epoch. During her residency, Corrie Francis Parks will be researching, writing and developing the visual style for the film.


Bruno Giussani

Bruno Giussani (Public Humanities) – Author, Global curator of the TED Conferences – Switzerland – Fondation Gianni Biaggi De Blasys Special Fellow

Bruno Giussani has been curating ideas (and hundreds of TEDtalks) for nearly two decades, particularly on global affairs, climate and environment, science and technology, culture and other forces that are radically transforming our lives and the planet. In a reality moving at exponential speed, his focus will be on exploring formats and languages to better describe and integrate the challenges and the turmoil of today’s world.

Sarah Gleeson-White

Sarah Gleeson-White (Literature-Scholarship) – Associate Professor in American Literature, University of Sydney – United Kingdom/Autralia

Sarah Gleeson-White will finalize her book manuscript, Literature in Motion: Film and the Formation of U.S. Literary Culture, which is under contract to Oxford University Press (USA). Drawing on extensive print and visual archival materials, it finds the emergence and development of motion pictures from the 1890s and across the silent-film era constituted a defining moment in U.S. literary history, one that would alter literature’s institutions and practices in fundamental and far-reaching ways.

Wu Hung

Wu Hung (Visual Arts-Scholarship) – Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, University of Chicago – United States

Completed in 847, Zhang Yanyuan’s Famous Paintings of Successive Dynasties has been called “the progenitor of the history of painting as well as painting history par excellence.” This project aims to conduct a comprehensive study of this seminar work by focusing on its content and structure, historiographical contexts and publication history, and by comparing it with early painting histories from different cultural traditions.

Helen Longino

Helen Longino (Philosophy)– C.I. Lewis Professor of Philosophy Emerita, Stanford University – United States

Helen Longino is writing a short book on the concept of interaction in science and philosophy. She focuses on both theory and method, asking how interaction is conceived in the scientific and philosophical contexts in which it is invoked and how methodologies facilitate or constrain its identification. She will argue that in many cases, interaction emerges as a phenomenon in and of itself, requiring that we reorient our ontology to include interactions as well as the objects that interact.

Linda Perkins

Linda M. Perkins (History) – University Professor and Director of Applied Gender Studies, Claremont Graduate University – United States

Linda Perkins' project is a historical study of women of color in the first two classes at Yale University. In 1969, women represented 20% of the accepted students at Yale. Of the 575 women in that first group of women, there were 40 Black women, 13 Asians, and 3 Latinas. This study will research the Black, Asian, and Latina women of these two classes.

Judith Zeitlin

Judith Zeitlin (Literature-Scholarship) – William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago – United States

Judith Zeitlin plans to complete the introduction for her book on the culture of musical entertainment in early modern China (1560-1700). During this period, musical entertainment depended on two fashions where elite and popular culture met: courtesans and opera. The book is structured around three key thematic components: voice, text, and instrument. Each category offers fruitful ground for thinking through the material and social aspects of music-making in contemporary manuals, plays, songs, and pictures.


Karin Altenberg

Karin Altenberg – Writer – Sweden/United Kingdom

Karin Altenberg’s forthcoming novel is set on the coast of southern Sweden in 1943 and 1981, at two pivotal historical moments, characterized by great threat. The Coldest Sound is a novel about hard borders and porous boundaries, about connections going back decades, love, solidarity and betrayal and the web of lies we weave around the secrets we keep. It is a story that speaks to this historical moment: ordinary people living in uncertain times under great threat, when moral codes and the normal rules of society can be suspended.

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson – Writer – United Kingdom

Robin Robertson will be working on a book-length narrative poem following the lives of three self-made artists – Tiepolo, Piranesi and Goya – as the 18th century slides towards the convulsion and carnage of revolution and war. It will examine the central importance of art and culture in the midst of social and political upheaval, and – particularly – the crucial role of the Outsider.


Michael Harrison
Photo Erica Cavanagh

Michael Harrison – Composer and pianist – United States

Michael Harrison will be working on Raga Cycle, a multi-dimensional project involving the composition, performance and recording of multiple raga-based works corresponding to different times of day, for piano tuned in just intonation, vocals, electronics, tabla and tanpura. In addition to releasing recordings, Raga Cycle  will form the audio component of Passage, an installation with artist Nina Elder, on exhibit July-December, 2023 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti

Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti – Composer – United States – Edward T. Cone Bogliasco Special Fellow in Music

Approaching the landscape of Genoa through an indigenous cartographic lens (see Louis, Kanaka Hawaiʻi Cartography), Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti will examine the three main basic cartographic processes—spatial/temporal knowledge acquisition, representation, and transmission—and the process of encoding these in sound and dance. The resulting work will be a new solo violin piece for Michael Jinsoo Lim.

Laura Schwendinger
Photo Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

Laura Schwendinger – Professor of Music Composition, University of Wisconsin-Madison – United States

While at the Bogliasco Foundation, Laura Swhwendinger will be working on three works. She will be finishing a harp concerto for Elisabeth Remy Johnson, the principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony, spanning nine movements of varying characters. A second work, for the Earplay Ensemble of San Francisco, is inspired by Toru Takemitsu’s A Flock Descends Into a Pentagonal Garden. Finally, she will be starting a new concerto for Marta Aznavoorian and the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra.


Stephen Lloyd Helper

Stephen Lloyd Helper – Playwright, Director – Australia/United States

Stephen Lloyd Helper will be completing the latest draft script of SLIPPIN' THROUGH THE CRACKS, The Blues Journey of Bobby Rush. Bobby Rush is a multi-Grammy winning African American artist whose life story of resilience is dramatic and inspiring. He will also be continuing work on a theatrical adaptation of a great American historical novel about hubris and the human cost of capitalism.

Fiona Templeton

Fiona Templeton – Playwright, Artistic Director, The Relationship – United Kingdom/United States

Fiona Templeton is working on a play/song cycle about 17th century Scottish Gaelic oral poet Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh, entitled Neither Out Nor In. On a recent journey across the Hebrides, Templeton made research and translations, learned songs, spoke to locals and walked in all weathers, orienting herself within her multiple exiles, and discovering from the landscape and seascape. At Bogliasco, she will be writing further poetic material, translating the songs, and preparing the work for performance.

James Anthony Tyler

James Anthony Tyler – Playwright – United States

James Anthony Tyler's play, HAN’T GOT NO SELF: A STORY INSPIRED BY SHADRACH, is inspired by the first successful arrest of a fugitive slave under the new law in Boston. Shadrach Minkins was born a slave in Norfolk, Virginia. In May 1850, he escaped servitude and went to Boston to live freely. On February 15, 1851, assistant deputy marshals took hold of Shadrach Minkins in the hallway outside the coffee room and proceeded to take him to the courthouse, only a block away. But he was able to escape with the help of Boston’s Black community and white abolitionists.


April Banks

April Banks – Multidisciplinary artist and creative strategist – United States

April Banks will research, ideate and write about Braiding Water, a county-wide festival focused on water rights and rituals in San Luis Obispo, California. The festival planned at multiple water sites will explore BIPOC relationships to water as an alternative entry point to climate discussions. The 2023 festival will culminate in an immersive exhibition of April’s work in 2024 that imagines a reparations for the historically planned Ebony Beach Club as a virtual Ebony Beach Commons.

Anita Fields
Photo Tom Fields

Anita Fields – Visual Artist – United States – Anonymous Was A Woman Bogliasco Special Fellow

Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Native Osage culture. Her practice explores the complexities of cultural influences and the intersections of balance and chaos found within our lives. The early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female, are represented in her work. Heavily textured layers and distorted writing are elements found in both her clay and textile works.

Sandra Lapage

Sandra Lapage – Visual Artist – Belgium/Brazil

Sandra Lapage will use her time at the Study Center to develop two overlapping paths: firstly as a time for pause, study, and articulation about her practice; and secondly as a tool to relate to place, using her time and displacement in residence to experiment with reused materials. The poetic process becomes a tool to relate and understand new surroundings and the local culture, as the artist will focus on local details and objects, hoping to create new sculptures and assemblages out of found materials.