Miss Pamela Breda

Research project: How To Catch A Star


My project "How to catch a star" will explore a specific type of visual imaginary i.e. photographic documentation applied to the study of outer space, from a multiple perspective, linking together visual material, the role of optical data and the importance of imagination for the development of theoretical research. "The greatest scientists are artists as well" Albert Einstein said in 1923 as journalist Archibald Henderson recalled some decades later. Einstein believed insight did not come from logic or mathematics but rather, as it does for artists, from intuition and inspiration. Indeed scientists act often as artists since they use their creativity to envision theories and hypothesis based on optical observation. Through my research I aim to explore this very process. I will consider the strong link between space visual observations, the information scientists can gain from them and the so called "demarcation problem", the liminal border between the validity or fallacity of scientific hypotheses based on such observations, looking at how the visual representation of space has changed over the years to and how this constant change of perspective has brought to the development of multiple and varied ideas about the physical structure of the universe.


Pamela Breda (Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1982). Artist and Researcher. I live and work in London. I hold a MA in Art History from Ca' Foscari University (Venice, IT) and an MA in Visual Arts from IUAV University, (Venice, IT). I was a visiting student at the University of Essex, Colchester Institute (UK) in 2011/2012, taking part in the lecture program held by prof. Duncan Woolbridge. I am currently a PhD candidate at Kingston University, London (UK). I took part at residency programs in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, Estonia, among the others at Atelier, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (2014, Venice, IT), Dolomiti Contemporanee - Terraformazione 2015(IT)VIR, ViaFarini in Residence 2016 (Milano, IT) and in 2014 Atelier, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice, IT),- 2014 Internationale Sommerakademie fur Blidende Kunst (Austria), Artist Residency TartuAir (EE) financed by Moving'Up funding scheme, Hospitalfields Contemporary Art Center (Scotland, UK), Fondation Botin (Santander, Spain), OPLA Artists' Books Archive (Meran, Italy), FAST Photo Archive (IT).Recent exhibitions include: 'Tenderflix 2017', Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, Battersea,London, UK, curated by Tenderpixel Gallery, 'Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Art', Pieve di Soligo, IT curated by Carlo Sala - 'Portraits, Tizian, Tintoretto, Bassano, Bordonand the Venice School of 21th century' Villorba di Treviso (IT) curated by Daniel Buso and Walter Zuccolotto - "Premio Combat"Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori, Livorno (IT) curated by Andrea Bruciati, 'Premio Matteo Olivero - Paesaggi in movimento', Palazzo Comunale di Saluzzo, (IT)curated by Anna Daneri and Ettore Favini, 'Les Sublimes Archives - As horses in all directions'curated by Cose Cosmiche, Q35, Torino IT, '5 Moscow International Biennale for Young Art'Trekhgornaya Manifactura, Moscow, RU, curated by Nadim Samman, 'Meta.Morf - It's Nice to Be in Orbit' Trondheim BiennalTrondheim, N, curated by Espen Gangvik, Venice Architecture Biennale, "Paesaggi in Movimento", curated by StudioAzzurro (IT),- Open Studio PROGR, Bern, CH, curated by Peter Aerschmann. My work has been exhibited in international and institutions such as Karlsruhe Kunsthalle (Germany), Trondheim Biennale, Fondation Francois Schneider, La Casa Encendida, "Arstronomy", curated by Danielle Tinlkin, Fondation Botin, among others.

Areas of research interest

  • Fine art
  • Film
  • Visual imaginary
  • Image archives
  • Critical studies
  • Philosophy of science


  • MA Visual Arts, IUAV University, Venice, IT
  • MA Art History, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, IT
  • BA Humanities, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, IT

Funding or awards received

  • KU Scholarship - 2017
  • KSA Research Trip Funding - 2017
  • DE.MO MOVIN'UP Funding for Fringe Festival Solo Exhibition - 2016
  • Istitute of Italian Culture, Moscow, RU - 2016
  • Moving Up', Italian Culture Ministry, Funded Residency program at Tartu, Estonia - 2016
  • Bevilacqua la Masa Fundation, Venice, Italy, selected Artist in Residence - 2014