bio | Marianna Hovhannisyan (San Diego/Yerevan) is a researcher and a curator, a Ph.D student in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at Visual Arts Department, UCSD. Her curatorial work and writings focuses on the relationship between contemporary art and education, as well as on the hegemony of archives, exploring ‘unattended’ objects and scripting ontological and geopolitical gaps. In 2016 she curated Empty Fields, an exhibition commissioned by SALT, Istanbul originating from her research in the American Board Archives. Recent fellowships include the first EU-funded Armenia-Turkey Fellowship by Hrant Dink Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation; recent talks—UCLA GSEIS graduate seminars. In 2017, she was selected for the Getty Consortium Seminar and is currently editing Empty Fields publication. She is a member of AICA-Armenia.