Art historian, curator. Born in 1966 in Bergamo, Italy. Graduated from the University of Bergamo, Italy, with a thesis in Russian Art History and earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Slavic Culture from the University of Milan, Italy. She won postdoctoral specialization at the University of Genoa, Italy. She further specialized in semiotics and history of art in Tartu (Estonia), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia). Professor of history of Russian Art and Russian cultural history at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy); Director of the Centre for the Studies of Russian Arts (CSAR) at the same university. She is currently involved in researches about Socialist Realism in art, and Moscow underground in the Sixties. Lives and works in Venice, Italy.