Cristiana de Marchi is an Italian/Lebanese visual artist and writer who lives and works between Beirut and Dubai. She received her MFA with honours at The University of Turin, with a dissertation about the urbanism of Greco-Roman Middle Eastern colonial capital cities.
Cristiana explores (through performance, video, and installations of embroidered objects and tapestries) issues related to verbalization and translation, to the correspondence between physical and nominal dimensions. Some of her themes are the use of language in propaganda, the transition between territories, the redefinition of memory and identity, displacement and belonging, and the porous borders that separate regions while allowing contact.
A writer and poet, Cristiana shows through her work a deep attention to the power and influence of words, to the role of narratives, to the possibilities of word associations, and to meaningful breaks by embracing the idea that storytelling ultimately needs a gap from which to originate.