Virginia Marano studied Art History at the University of Siena, where she graduated with honors with a thesis on Alberto Giacometti and the phenomenology of perception. She worked at Mumok (2017, Vienna), Artipelag (2018, Stockholm) and Last Tango (2020-2021, Zurich). Since September 2018, she has been awarded an ESKAS doctoral scholarship at the University of Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen. Her PhD project “Diasporic Home and Exiled Bodies: Spaces of Memory in the Work of Jewish Women Sculptors in Post-War New York” represents the first attempt to contribute to the understanding of Jewishness and trauma in the work of women artists in Post-war New York, previously assimilated to feminism but not yet connected to the question of exile. This year, she has been awarded a FAN Grant (September-December 2021) and a SNSF Doc. Mobility research fellowship (January-December 2022). Her doctoral thesis would reach its completion during her stay at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York starting in January for a 12-months research.
Since September 2020, she has been working together with her two colleagues, Laura Valterio and Charlotte Matter on a research project “Rethinking Art history through Disability”. In order to underscore the importance of rethinking the way they approach art history through the lens of the non-normative body, the project focuses on the visibility of functional diversity as well as of disability as a social model and construct.
Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Marano, Virginia. 2020. “Gertrud Goldschmidt and Ruth Vollmer: Women in Design between Material and Mathematical Experimentations”, PAD Journal Managing Editor, n. 18, 173-195, ISSN: 1972-7887. http://www.padjournal.net/?lang=pt
Contributions to books
- (in press) Marano, Virginia. Walking together in the woods, Exhibition catalogue “Rui Chafes and Alberto Giacometti”, Musée de la Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon).
- Marano, Virginia. 2020. “Traces of Life in Stones: A Dialogue between Ulrika Sparre and Alberto Giacometti” in Ear to the Ground, edited by Ulrika Sparre with texts of Virginia MacKenny, Johan Redin, Jacquelyn Davis, Sue Spaid and Marti Manen. Stockholm: Art and Theory Publishing, 39-41, ISBN: 9789151943824. http://www.artandtheory.org/?isbn=9789151943824
- Marano, Virginia. 2021. Living Forms: Paule Vezelay’s encounter with Alberto Giacometti’s surrealist objects: https://artuk.org/discover/stories/living-forms-paule-vezelays-encounter-with-alberto-giacomettis-surrealist-objects
- Marano, Virginia. 2018. The souls’ roots” of Klara Kristalova and the “Absolute” of Alberto Giacometti. https://detourartipelag.tumblr.com
- Marano, Virginia. 2018. The Cube and the Open. A dialogue between Per Kirkeby and Alberto Giacometti. https://detourartipelag.tumblr.com
- Marano, Virginia. 2018. A reflection on the Ulrika Sparre’s stones through the Alberto Giacometti’s eyes. https://detourartipelag.tumblr.com
- Marano, Virginia. 2018. Miasta Giacomettiego, «Kwartalnik Artystyczny», rok XXVI, dic. 2018, n. 100, ISSN: 1232-2105.
- Marano, Virginia. 2015. Democrazia e libertà in Giacometti, «GeaArt», anno IV, nov-dic 2015, n.12, ISSN: 2420-7934. https://issuu.com/pasqualeruocco0/docs/geaart_n.12_novembre-dicembre_2015
Contributions to conferences (oral presentation or poster)
- “The Eccentric Repetition: Eva Hesse's Spheres and Ruth Vollmer's Circles“, Forschungskolloquium Frühjahrssemester 2021, Aktuelle Forschung zur Kunst der Neuzeit, Dozent: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen, University of Zurich. 19 June 2021
- “Exploring Jewish Space_The Ritual and Dream Houses“, Forschungskolloquium Herbstsemester 2021, Aktuelle Forschung zur Kunst der Neuzeit, Dozent: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen, University of Zurich. 24-25 October 2020
- “Gertrud Goldschmidt and Ruth Vollmer: Mathematical Experimentations and the Legacy of Bauhaus-trained Women“, Forschungskolloquium Frühjahrssemester 2020, Aktuelle Forschung zur Kunst der Neuzeit, Dozent: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen, University of Zurich. 24 April 2020
- “The Experience of Dislocation: Migration, Diaspora, Exile”, Open Lecture FS 2020, Master Seminar: Transcultural Methods and Postcolonial Theories, University of Zurich. 31 April 2020
- “Ruth Vollmer: A Jewish Woman exiled in Post-war New York”, organised by Andrew James Hopkins and Cristiana Pasqualetti at the Winter School Transcoding the City: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Department of Human Sciences - Department of Excellence 2018-2022 University of L’Aquila, Italy. 14 December 2019
- “Ruth Vollmer’s “Palace”: The Trauma of Exile in the work of Women Sculptors in Post-War New York“, Forschungskolloquium Herbstsemester 2019, Aktuelle Forschung zur Kunst der Neuzeit, Dozent: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen, University of Zürich. 13 July 2019
- “Alberto Giacometti and the Women of the Post-minimalism”, at Fondazione Centro Giacometti, Stampa, Switzerland. http://www.centrogiacometti.ch/agenda 6-8 June 2019
- Poster presentation, Alberto Giacometti and Eva Hesse: A Processual Relation“, Fourth Swiss congress for art history, Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana. 17-19 May 2019
- “Alberto Giacometti and Eva Hesse: A Processual Relation“, Aktuelle Forschung zur Kunst der Neuzeit, Venice, Universities of Zurich and Fribourg, Dozenten: Prof. Dr Julia Gelshorn, Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen, Venice, Istituto Svizzero. February 2019
- “Alberto Giacometti’s Post-Minimalist Legacy: Phenomenology and Processual art“, Forschungskolloquium Herbstsemester 2018, Aktuelle Forschung zur Kunst der Neuzeit, Dozent: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen, Universität Zürich. June 2017
- The eye of Alberto Giacometti. From the dialogue between Beckett and Giacometti to the Phenomelogy of Minimalism and Post-Minimalism, Mumok, Vienna, Austria. July 2016
- Alberto Giacometti and Samuel Beckett. A dialogue at a distance, at the Fondazione Centro Giacometti, Stampa, Switzerland. http://www.centrogiacometti.ch/attualita/719-marano