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Claudia Zini

Art historian - Curator

Claudia Zini is an Italian art historian and curator, focusing her professional interests primarily on artistic positions that engage with war memories and identity in post-conflict societies such as former Yugoslavia. In 2019 she received her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with a thesis titled “Bosnia and Herzegovina: art from a post-conflict society”. She holds a Bachelor degree in History and Conservation of Art from the University of Padova, Italy (2008), a Diploma in History and Philosophy of Art from the Kent University, England (2008) and a Master Degree in Art History from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy (2011). In 2015, she obtained a Diploma in Islamic Studies from the University of Sarajevo.

She gained her first experience as a curator of the exhibition “The Imaginary Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2009 in Verona, Italy. After completing an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Gagosian Gallery, between 2012 and 2014 she worked in the A plus A Gallery in Venice, curating the exhibitions of Bosnian artists Ibro Hasanović and Mladen Miljanović, among others. Her latest curatorial projects include the exhibitions “Mevludin Ekmečić. Drawing the War: Bosnia 1992-1995” presented at the Duplex100m2 gallery and the Bosniak Institute – Adil Zulfikarpašić Foundation during the WARM festival in Sarajevo, and “Nove opera da nove collezioni del Museo Ars Aevi di Sarajevo” on display at the Italian Parliament in Rome in 2017. In 2018 she founded Kuma International Center for Visual Arts from Post-Conflict Societies. In 2019 she was one of the curators of the Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Venice Biennale. She lives and works in Sarajevo.

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