Tally de Orellana is an independent curator based in London and Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from the dual degree program: Arts Administration and Policy, and Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Spain and raised in Italy, France, and the United Kingdom, she holds an MA in Art History and Architecture from The University of Edinburgh.
Since 2006 she has worked and collaborated in a number of curatorial projects in Italy, France, Britain, and in the US. From September 2015 until May 2016, she was the curatorial fellow at Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and served as development coordinator at Elastic Arts (Chicago, 2016). She was the 2016-2017 Hilla Rebay International Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and worked in their exhibitions programming in New York, Bilbao, and Venice. She recently held the Daniel W. Dietrich II curatorial fellowship in Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Her research targets the role of curatorial practices and cultural institutions in the systems of classification and formation of cultural hierarchies. Related areas of interest include systems of formation of artistic identity and postcolonial theory.