Vanina Saracino is an independent curator, film programmer, writer, and lecturer. Her work focuses on theories and art practices that explicitly question anthropocentric and binary worldviews from an intersectional perspective, with an emphasis on lens-based and time-based art. Her latest project, “Other Minds,” is the fourth edition of the Screen City Biennial (curated with Daniela Arriado), which took place at the Archenhold Observatory and other venues in Berlin in 2022, with plans for an upcoming event in Oslo (2023). Since 2021, Vanina has been teaching at the Institute of Time-based Art – IZM, Universität der Künste (UdK) in Berlin, with Prof. Nina Fischer, as well as at the MFA Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Tel Aviv.
In 2019, Vanina co-curated the Screen City Biennial, “Ecologies – Lost, Found and Continued” (Stavanger, Norway), and edited the SCB Journal, Vol.2. She is the co-founder of OLHO (with Alessandra Bergamaschi), an artists’ cinema project initiated in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (2015–2018). From 2013 to 2017, she curated monthly selections of artists' video works on the experimental television channel ikonoTV, where she was in charge of collaborations with museums and festivals worldwide. Among these, in 2015 she initiated “Art Speaks Out,” a yearly exhibition project on ecology also shown at Istanbul Modern (2015) and at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP 22, 2016).
Vanina has collaborated with Kumu Art Museum and EKKM (Tallinn), Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi (Venice), TBA21 – Academy, Cinemateca Brasileira (São Paulo), Cinemateca do MAM (Rio de Janeiro), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Salzburger Kunstverein (Salzburg), The EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam), and Centro Párraga (Murcia), among others. Vanina has realized residencies at Artport (Tel Aviv, 2022), Q21 – MuseumsQuartier (Vienna, 2021), Fire Station Artists’ Studios (Dublin, 2019), CPR – Curatorial Program for Research (Reykjavik, Tórshavn, Tromsø, Boden, Luleå, Hyrynsalmi, Helsinki, 2018), GENERATOR – 40mcube/EESAB (Rennes, 2018), and was awarded research visiting grants by ProHelvetia (Switzerland, 2018), Goethe-Institut (NYC, 2018), The Danish Art Foundation (Copenhagen, 2018 and 2017), and Frame Contemporary Art Finland (Helsinki and Turku, 2019), among others.
Graduated in Communication Sciences, Vanina holds an MA in Arts Management (GIOCA, Università di Bologna) and in Philosophy and Art Theory (UAB, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). Since 2015, she has been a member of the IKT – International Association of Curators. www.vaninasaracino.com