Mariana Ziku is an art historian, curator and researcher. She is the co-founder and program curator of the Biennale of Western Balkans (2018-). Mariana has been working for the creation of permanent museum exhibitions, digital strategies, cultural spaces and programs on digital cultural heritage, natural heritage and the arts, in the framework of European Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes, European Cultural Programmes (Interreg V, IPA CBC, ECoC 2021 candidacy Greece) and in partnership with several platforms, cultural institutions and local governments. Her curatorial projects focus on participatory culture, the exploration of new curatorial forms and community-based field research, funded among others by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Greece, the Creative Europe Programme and Goethe-Institut. Her research interests include the curatorial practice, intangible/digital cultural heritage and art theory.
She has studied art sciences, art history/theory and curation (BA, MA, Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, Greece), administration of cultural organizations (Certificate of specialized training, Centre of Continuous Education and Training, University of Athens) and digital humanities (Advanced MSc, Department of Computer Science, KU Leuven, Belgium). She is also a musician, graduate of classical piano and classical music harmony of the Municipal Conservatory of Ioannina.