Francesca Cozzolino (PhD)

Francesca Cozzolino teaches humanities and social science at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), PSL Research University, Paris. She is a research associate at EnsadLab, the research laboratory in art and design at EnsAD and an affiliate member at Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC-CNRS) of the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense. Specialised in ethnography of artistic practices, her research studies intertwine visual studies and anthropology of art and writings with a special attention to writings displayed in public spaces. Since 2010, she has headed numerous inquiries worldwide into the field of art and design and has led several research missions in France and abroad (Europe, United-States, Benin and Mozambique) by developing a descriptive ontology of creation and by aiming at studying the different shapes and levels of creative agency, and its ability to operate within the social fabric.

Her current research deals with the production and circulation of knowledge and know-how in the field of art and design and questions the production of knowledge in action by artistic practices within modern societies. She has published several book chapters and scientific papers and she often contributes to art and design journals and exhibition catalogues. She also collaborates with artists by implementing projects that combine both art and social science. She is a member of the editorial board of the journals “Ateliers d’Anthropologie”, “Polygraphe(s)” and “Quadernos de Arte y Antrhopologia”.

Publications (selection)

• Cozzolino Francesca, Peindre pour agir. Muralisme et politique en Sardaigne, Paris, Ed. Karthala, 2017:
• Cozzolino Francesca, Cumbe Cumbe, Fraenkel Béatrice, Les écritures urbaines de Maputo : lire, écrire, agir dans la rue, Maputo, Ed. Alcance, 2016: