Curator; activist; academic; S.a.L.E. Docks

Venice, Italy

Marco Baravalle

Marco Baravalle is a central figure at S.a.L.E. Docks, an independent space for visual arts, activism, and experimental theater located in what had been an abandoned salt-storage facility in Dorsoduro, Venice. Founded in 2007, its programming includes activist- group meetings, formal exhibitions, and screenings. In addition to managing the diverse programming at S.a.L.E. Docks, Baravalle is a member of Comitato No Grandi Navi (No Big Ships Committee), which leads protests against large cruise ships in Venice. He is also involved with the NO MOSE (No MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico, Experimental Electromechanical Module) front, which opposes an impractical Venetian flood- protection project that was at the center of a recently discovered national corruption case. Baravalle also researches creative labor and how art is positioned within neoliberal economics.