Mariana Ziku is the cofounder and programme curator of the Biennale of Western Balkans. She is an art historian and curator specialising in digital cultural heritage, with research focus on intangible, audiovisual and documentary heritage.
She holds a MSc in Digital Humanities (Department of Computer Science, KU Leuven, Belgium), a MA in Art History/Theory and Curation, a BA in Art Sciences (Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, Greece) and a Certificate of specialised training in Cultural Organisations Management (Centre of Continuous Education and Training, University of Athens). She is also a musical instrument and music theory graduate in classical piano and harmony, of the Municipal Conservatory of Ioannina.
Her research is related to the digital transformation of intangible heritage, community-based art and cultural practices, contemporary applications of intangible culture, cultural data documentation, participatory and open culture.