Linda Rocco is a London-based contemporary art curator, consultant, and PhD researcher at the Royal College of Art, supported by a LAHP/AHRC doctoral award. With over eight years of freelance experience, Linda has curated public programmes, exhibitions, and residencies internationally, with established organisations such as Delfina Foundation and Goethe Institut London, and in the public sphere for the Mayor of London, where she secured and delivered a public commission by Yinka Shonibare CBE.
Linda regularly works internationally, whether through delivering lectures and talks such as at the Venice Curatorial Course or Spazio Maiocchi (Italy), curating residencies (Figueretes, Ibiza, Spain) or exhibitions (NARS Foundation, New York, Brooklyn, Oct 2024). She also collaborated with numerous international organisations such as the Danish Art Foundation, Baan Noorg Collaborative Thailand, piAR in Ghana. As a consultant, she has worked for numerous London councils, Arts Council England, and served as a Contemporary Art Expert for Frieze London.
Trained as an Art Historian with a background in the Performing Arts, Linda’s practice has been responsive to New Media developments since working for the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age in 2014. She has since co-curated digital programmes in partnership with the Ministry of Culture Taiwan, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Pineapple Lab – Philippines, Yinka Shonibare Foundation, Bagri Foundation and The Genesis Foundation.
Linda’s practice-based research applies an expanded and transdisciplinary approach to curatorial practice, proposing alternative economies of art and ecologies of practice that allow sustainable organisational models and working methods. Her approach embraces participatory, performative and intermedia practices, with a view towards sociotechnical imaginaries and transdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with STEM subjects.
In her daily, Linda regularly works as a curator for artists, galleries and organisations, as well as consulting and evaluating work for charities, foundations, public authorities and institutions on accessible, socially-engaged and new media art. Additionally, she gives talks, delivers lectures and mentors artists and organisations wanting to expand their work towards new viable futures.