Cristiana de Marchi was born in Italy and currently lives and works between Dubai and Beirut. An artist, curator and poet, she was educated at the University of Torino and University of Roma from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters with first class honours (1994, 1999). In 2012 she completed a course in Curatorial Practice, organised by the California College of the Arts, USA in partnership with Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi. De Marchi has cooperated with several cultural institutions (Cultural Service of the Italian Embassy in Lebanon; Archaeological Museum of Beirut; Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research; Archaeology Museum of Sharjah) and given lectures and seminars at both Italian and Lebanese universities and Emirati institutions. An artist, curator and writer, beyond her personal artistic and literary research she publishes articles and essays in catalogues and magazines devoted to contemporary art. Among her recent curatorial projects, MinD/Body (Ductac, Dubai and NYU Abu Dhabi, 2013), a historical show focusing on performance and the use of body in the GCC, The Poetics of Absence at 1x1 Gallery Dubai and Is Old Gold at Ductac Dubai.