Barriera is a non-profit cultural association founded in 2007 by a group of collectors. Barriera hosts exhibition space, a meeting room, and art storage facilities in a former pharmaceutical factory in Barriera di Milano, a multicultural working class neighborhood in Torino. Giulia De Giorgi, Sergey Kantsedal, Clara Madaro and Maria Elena Marchetti have been running the space since 2016.
The Barriera program has been divided into three containers that reflect its polycentric nature since 2018: Barriera Сlassic is dedicated to historical projects like Mirror and Colazione; Barrier Host hosts projects of other cultural entities; Barriera Dwell features projects and events curated by one member of the group oriented to sharing practices through experiments in format. All three are coordinated by Sergey Kantsedal. Assistant: Yuliya Say