Linda Rocco is a London-based contemporary art curator, writer, consultant and PhD researcher at the Royal College of Art with a LAHP/AHRC doctoral award. She 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. Linda recently curated and creatively produced Liberty Festival 2022 for The Greater London Authority (GLA), securing and delivering a public commission by Yinka Shonibare CBE.
She also recently collaborated with international bodies including the Danish Art Foundation, Baan Noorg Collaborative Thailand, and national organisations including Frieze London, Laure Genillard Gallery, Cambridge Junction, Metal, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, Arts Council England.
Trained as an Art Historian with a background in the Performing Arts, Linda’s work 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.
Her practice-based research investigates alternative economies of art and ecologies of practice which recognise immaterial labour and pluralistic values in cooperative and distributed ways; new media art practices; sociotechnical imaginaries and transdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with STEM subjects. Her PhD supervisors are Prof. Victoria Walsh and Dr. Chantal Faust.
Linda regularly works as curator for artists and private galleries, as well as consulting for charities, foundations and public institutions on accessible and socially-engaged projects. She also gives talks and mentors artists and organisations wanting to expand their work towards new viable futures. From 2020 to 2022 she was visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and in 2023 she taught at the Venice Curatorial Course.