Cecilia Galiena

Originally from Italy, Cecilia Galiena is a San Francisco-based artist with a background in psychology and journalism whose projects combine traditional knowledge, creative thinking and on-the-ground problem solving in order to advance social change.

Galiena co-created and ran the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, one of the first international and multidisciplinary artist-in-residence programs in Italy. Her main focus as an artist has been on language 360 degrees (coherent cultural knowledge, including: speech, visual, relational, environmental and textual) and she has worked and filmed early protagonist of botanical activism and social practice in Italy. Galiena’s goal is to explore where the North lost sight of the South in the process of developing globally and how traditional knowledge can be part and anchor this planet’s race to the unknown.