She studied jewellery and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and achieved meaningful experiences as a freelance designer in the fields of classic jewellery and fashion accessories. In 1998 she co-founded Alchimia together with Doris Maninger.
As a jewellery artist, she had exhibit her work in galleries of contemporary art and design in international contexts.
Believing in the potential of every individual, and the power of Art, Massei as acting director of Alchimia, has been supporting students and staff in exploring and strengthening their creativity, encouraging their self-expression, providing them with the right space and environment, as well as guiding them towards new possibilities and directions throughout their carrier through her courses.
Born in Lebanon, Graduate of the American University of Beirut with a Degree in Landscape Architecture. With an Interest in academics, she worked as an Assistant for various professors as well as a consultant for the Faculty in Beirut.
Curiosity for exploring new dimensions drove her to the field of Contemporary jewellery, where she received her MFA in Contemporary Jewellery and Body Ornaments, while assisting director, Doris Maninger. Khalil has acquired prestigious award, and participated in various international exhibitions.
Currently living in Florence, she is the acting Assistant Director, BFA Coordinator and Teacher.
An art historian, curator, and educator, he has worked since 2009 at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence as coordinator of contemporary art exhibits at the Strozzina Center for Contemporary Culture, and since 2014 he has been the Brand Manager of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation. His graduate studies were focused on European curatorial practices in the sixties and seventies, the relationship between art and technology, and American artistic research in the field of environmental and site-specific art. As curator of exhibits and art installations, he has worked on projects like Cheryl@PalazzoStrozzi (2015), Palazzo Strozzi Contemporary (2014-2015), and Questioni di Famiglia (Family Matters) (2014). As the author of numerous essays and articles and coordinator for monographs and exhibition catalogs, he has collaborated with institutions, museums, and Italian and international universities, such as Manifesta, “The Screen of Art” Film Festival, Washington University in Florence, the MAMBO in Bologna, and the Museo Pecci in Prato.
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