Viviana Gravano is an Art Historian and a Contemporary Art Curator.
She is Associated Professor of Art History at the School of Fine Arts in Bologna.
She has been the coordinator of the Master in Art Contemporary and Museum Curator at IED – Istituto Europeo di Design.
She is Director of the online journal roots§routes – research on visual culture and member of the curatorial Collective “Routes Agency. Cura of Contemporary Art”, based in Rome. As Routes Agency, she curated exhibitions and conferences in many cultural spaces (such as the MAXXI Museum and the Pigorini Ethnographic Museum in Rome).
She participated in many international research projects, such as REcall – European Conflict Archaeological Landscapes Reappropriation (www.recall-project.polimi.it); Transnationalizing Modern Languages Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures.
She participated in the British international project TML – Transnationalizing Modern Languages, curating with Giulia Grechi the final exhibition of the project, Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy (Rome, British School; London, Italian Cultural Institute; New York, Calandra Institute; Melbourne, Italian Museum; Addis Ababa, Italian Cultural Institute; Tunis, Italian Cultural Institute).
She was in the Editorial Staff of the magazine "Art'O- Culture and Politics of Performing Arts"; she was Editor in the magazine "Gomorra-Territories and Cultures in the Contemporary Metropolis"; she was Assistant Director in the magazine "Avatar-Dislocations between Anthropologie, Communication and Visual Arts".
She published many essaies in the catalogues, books and magazines, wich mention: The Photographic art- International Photographers in the Italian Collections (L'Arte fotografica, Fotografi da tutto il mondo nelle collezioni italiane), Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia, Palazzo Cesi, Acquasparta(TR), Carte Segrete, Roma 1996; The Photographic Image (L'immagine fotografica), Mimesis, Milano 1997; Crossing Photographic Projects on the border (Crossing. Progetti fotografici di confine), Costa & Nolan, Milano 1998; Active Landscapes. Essaye against the Contemplation/ The Activism in the Landscape in the Contemporary Art, (Paesaggi attivi Saggio contro la contemplazione/L’attivismo paesaggistico nell’arte contemporanea), Mimesis, Milano 2012; Expo Show, Milan 2015, a missed intercultural bet, (Expo Show, Milano 2015, una scommessa interculturale persa), Mimesis, Milano 2016; Presente Imperfetto. Eredità coloniali e immaginari razziali contemporanei (curated with Giulia Grechi), Mimesis, Milano 2016.
She participated in many conferences, such as: "Archivi Affettivi", Vercelli, Università del Piemonte Orientale (Performa Program, New York); "La performance. Vie de l’archive et actualité", Colloque AICA France, Nice Villa Arson; “Transnationalising Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures” (Queen Margaret University, Edimburgh); "Relectures Postcoloniales des échanges artistiques et culturels entre Europe et Maghreb", Accadémie de France Villa Medici, Rome.
She participated as art historian in the project of cataloging the National Photo Library in Rome.
She was the author of two cycles of episodes on photography on Radio RAI3 in the context of the transmission L'Occhio Magico.
She was a consultant for the photographic images for the film I Piccoli Maestri by Daniele Lucchetti and for the mini TV series La vita che verrà, directed by Pasquale Pozzessere.