Teresa Iarocci Mavica

Teresa Iarocci Mavica studied political science at L’Orientale University in Naples, where her interest in ‘sovietology’ emerged; her graduate work was devoted to legal changes in the Soviet state linked to the name of Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1989, Teresa received a grant from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Academy of Sciences, and continued her studies at Plekhanov Academy of Economy in Moscow. After that, she joined a company that had a major contract with the Soviet government; since then, Teresa gradually entered the artistic community.

In 2003, Teresa was head of the first Russian gallery to represent Western art in Moscow. In 2006, she played an important part in the creation of Contemporary City Foundation, which acted as an experimental space for young curators. At the same time, she collaborated closely with Regina Gallery in Moscow.

In 2009, Teresa Mavica received an offer from Leonid Mikhelson to create and manage the V-A-C Foundation. Victoria – The Art of Being Contemporary (V-A-C) is a private non-profit cultural institution that takes part in the development of contemporary cultural processes and broadening of art’s territory. V-A-C Foundation believes in the growing international importance of Russian art and the potential of the new generation of Russian artists.

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