Ilaria Grando is a third year PhD student of the Department of History of Art. She is currently working on the project “Visualizing AIDS: Re-codify the body to re- codify society” under the supervision of Dr James Boaden and Prof Michael White. Ilaria is interested in North American Art and Dance. She is looking at works produced during the 1980s and 1990s AIDS crisis, and more in general at the dialogue between art and illness.
Ilaria obtained a B.A. in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts Management, and a M.A. in History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice (Italy). While in Venice, she participated in the Ca' Foscari-Harvard Summer School (a program with professors and students from Harvard University), the Warwick Program in Venice (Warwick University), and she spent a semester at the Georgia State University of Atlanta, GA. During both her B.A. and M.A. Ilaria was a student of the Ca’Foscari International College, a honour course school that promotes internationality. After the completion of her M.A., Ilaria worked as a guide at the 56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
During her PhD Ilaria has been awarded with the WUN Research Mobility Programme to conduct research at the University of Rochester (NY) under the supervision of Professor Douglas Crimp; The Getty Research Institute Library Grant to work on Robert Mapplethorpe's collection; and the Terra Foundation for American Art Travel Grant to further explore representation of the male body produced in North America between 1930s and 1980s. She is now taking part in the YLTA (York Learning Teaching Award).