Bogliasco Fellowship Recipients
Fall 2023 - Group 3


Netta Yerushalmy

Netta Yerushalmy – Choreographer and Guest Faculty at NYU – Israel/United States – Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Dance, Bogliasco and Baryshnikov Arts Joint Fellow

Netta Yerushalmy’s research-based dance-making is propelled by a passion for, and trust in, the body as a site of ineluctable knowledge - aesthetic, visceral, emotional, and political. She’s been recognized with numerous prestigious honors such as a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Princeton Arts Fellowship, an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She grew up in Galilee, Israel, and received her BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is currently on faculty.

At Bogliasco, Netta Yerushalmy will be conducting research for her part Mid Life (working title), a live multi-art-form installation, straight from the hearts, minds, and bodies of a collective of creative women in their midlife. Created and performed by Alla Kovgan, Paula Matthusen, Katherine Profeta, Tuçe Yasak, and Netta Yerushalmy, the project takes female middle-age/ing, entangled with art making, as its fleshy nexus point.


Alexandra Halkin

Alexandra Halkin – Documentary filmmaker, producer, film distributor, and Director of Americas Media Initiative – United States

In 1998, Alexandra Halkin founded the Chiapas Media Project, an award-winning bi-national organization that trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Southern Mexico. In 2004, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2007 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2010, she founded the non-profit Americas Media Initiative which works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. In 2021, she co-founded the Center for the Preservation of Community Audiovisual Archives in Chiapas, Mexico.

Alexandra Halkin is developing a feature documentary. The majority of the film will be crafted from the 1400 video tapes in the Center for Community Audiovisual Archives (CEPAAC) in Chiapas, Mexico. CEPAAC holds dozens of videos made by the Zapatista indigenous communities beginning in 1998. The film will contrast the archival footage against the infiltration of corporate social media in remote Zapatista territory, asking the crucial question: can the Zapatistas' political and cultural vision survive?


Ernest Mitchell

Ernest Julius Mitchell (Literature-Scholarship) – Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Yale University, United States– Natalie and Richard Jacoff Special Fellow in Literature Scholarship

Ernest Mitchell studies literature, philosophy, and religion — how they converge, shape one another, and fashion our sense of being modern. Methodological insights from black studies guide him in this research. His literary focus is the Harlem Renaissance, viewed expansively as integral to transatlantic modernism. Ernest’s philosophical writing centers on aesthetics and phenomenology, mainly on German thinkers from Kant to Benjamin. His interest in religion ranges from the ancient Mediterranean to the contemporary Caribbean.

Irina Podgorny

Irina Podgorny (History) – Historian of science, permanent research fellow at CONICET – Argentina

Irina Podgorny of the Argentine Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas (CONICET) works on the history of natural history collections in Argentina and Europe, contributing to making visible the Latin American production of knowledge and its transnational entanglements with the wider world. In addition to her academic research, she collaborates with Argentine cultural weeklies and Latin American artists. Current work includes the History of Paleontology, historic extinctions and animal remedies.

Irina Pogorny is currently working on “The cultures of artificial history”, an exploration of the human configurations of what is perceived as the natural world. The book wants to confront the idea of pristine nature in places such as Oceania, South America, and the Mediterranean regions, including chapters on cacti and agaves in the Riviera; on singing mermaids in the Andes; on llamas, alpacas, and camels in Australia; on Eucalyptus in the Argentine Pampas; and reindeers on South Georgia.


Marilia  Marchetti

Marilia Marchetti – Full Professor of French literature – Italy

Marilia Marchetti is a Full Professor of French Literature. Her scholarly activity includes studies on the 18th and 19th centuries, contemporary themes, the poetics and rhetoric of irony, and the Francophone world. She has collaborated with the Middle Eastern Studies Department of Duke University, among many others. She has served on the Arab World Commission on Franco-Arab Literature. In 2016, she was awarded the title of Officier des Palmes Académiques by the President of the French Republic François Hollande for her contribution to the dissemination of French culture in the world.

Marilia Marchetti intends to finish a graphic novel entitled Towns. Each chapter evokes a different city through the story of a person who inhabits it and who represents that city in Marilia's eyes. Each chapter is accompanied by one or more photos of a detail of the place. They are not photos one would expect but they rather show one or more unpublished details, which look like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The whole novel has a cohesion that will become clear as the reading progresses.

Zachary Leader

Zachary Leader – Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Roehampton, London – United Kingdom/United States

Zachary Leader is an Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Roehampton in London and the author of a dozen books on English Romantic Poetry and contemporary fiction, including biographies of the English novelist Kingsley Amis and the American novelist Saul Bellow. He is currently at work on a book about Richard Ellmann and the making of his biography of James Joyce.

Maurice Riordan
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Maurice Riordan – Poet, translator, editor, and Emeritus Professor of Poetry – Ireland/United Kingdom

Maurice Riordan’s poetry collections from Faber are A Word from the Loki, Floods, The Holy Land, The Water Stealer and Shoulder Tap. He edited The Finest Music, a selection of early Irish poetry in translation. Other books include A Quark for Mister Mark: 101 Poems about Science and, with Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Dark Matter: Poems of Space. He taught at Imperial College and Goldsmiths College, and is Emeritus Professor at Sheffield Hallam. He lives in London and teaches for the Faber Academy.

Maurice Riordan will be working on Rope, a work in prose that is loosely modelled on Ben Jonson’s Timber. It intertwines miscellaneous strands of physics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, and other topics, with memoir. It is in the form of a triptych, and Riordan is currently at work on the ‘centre panel’, which is memoir.


Patricia Alessandrini

Patricia Alessandrini – Composer, Sound Artist, and Assistant Professor of Composition at Stanford University – United States

Patricia Alessandrini is a composer and sound artist. Her interactive, intermedial compositions have been presented in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and over 15 European countries. She studied at the Conservatorio di Bologna, Conservatoire de Strasbourg and IRCAM, and holds PhDs from Princeton University and the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC). She teaches at Stanford University/CCRMA, and performs research on immersion, interaction, creative AI and instrument design for inclusive performance.

Patricia Alessandrini will be working on a theatrical, collaborative intermedial work for coloratura virtuoso Marisol Montalvo and Donatienne Michel-Dansac and ensemble, based on a libretto by novelist Alexandra Kleeman. Drawing on her previous physical computing experience, Patricia will create soft robotics systems with musical and visual interest for this duodrama. Marisol and Donatienne will contribute to its core feminist-futurist themes: an interplanetary dialogue between two women, informed by cyberfeminist theory.


Yvonne Weber

Yvonne Weber – Visual Artist – Switzerland

Yvonne Weber, born in 1977 in Egliswil near Zurich, lives and works in Ascona and Berlin. She studied process and product design in the class of Interactive Systems at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and then developed generative systems and interfaces for the return of the digital to the immediate reality. She has participated in European festivals such as ARS Electronica and received several scholarships, including that of “Swiss artists in-labs”.

With the proliferation of the LCD screen, we are surrounded by light images, additionally confronted with unprecedented disembodiment through the progressive spread of digital applications. During her residency, Yvonne Weber would like to explore, in this sensual, historical place, in stone reality, the interaction between immateriality and the body. Working in a dark room with a light source, polarized light, and plastic film, she will document the series of experiments in video.