Giulia Morale

PhD student

Thesis: Sicilian Abstraction and Trans-Mediterranean modernism in Italy and beyond (1950s-1970s)

Supervisor: Professor Sarah Wilson

Funded by:

The Courtauld Scholarship (2020-2021)

The Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE) (2021-2023)

My PhD analyses artists Carla Accardi, Pietro Consagra and Antonio Sanfilippo as part of a flux of migrants from Sicily to Rome after 1945. It shows that their hybrid art practices, which were both communist and abstract, refused categorisation within the Cold War binaries that characterised the Italian post-war era. By being both Sicilian and modern, their art also undermined perceptions of Sicily as intrinsically backward. Building on the legacy of the ‘Southern question’ and accounts of internal migration, my PhD serves as an analytical study of Sicilian diasporic communities in Italy. It contributes to a broader historical call to challenge national homogeneity in modern Italian studies and to shift the focus from national history to more fluid geographical regions such as the Mediterranean.


2020-present: PhD candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art

2018-2019: MSt in History of Art and visual Culture, University of Oxford

2014-2017: BA in Philosophy, University College London (UCL)


Teaching Assistant BA2 Frameworks for Interpretations (2021-2022)

Research Interests

  • Post-war Italian art
  • Sicily and the Mediterranean
  • Migration, art and politics

Curated Exhibitions

VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, 2020-21