Valeria Graziano begun to study prior to the introduction of tuition fees, thus she was able to obtain a BA in Fine Arts and History of Art and an AHRC-sponsored MA in Visual Cultures, both from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
She also holds a postgraduate certificate in Cultural Project Management (Fitzcarraldo Foundation, Turin) and she was awarded a scholarship for a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, Departments of Drama and Management. In 2011, she was invited for a short-term residency at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, Durham, NC.
Her academic research looks at formats of collective practice, or how certain micropolitical, aesthetic and somatic dispositives can impact autonomous organization. Her doctoral thesis, "Common Pleasures: the politics of collective practice from sociability to militant conviviality" investigates the histories of conviviality across artistic practices, militant organizing and radical pedagogies. Her research also critically addresses the use of gameplay in the contemporary design of experiences within marketing and corporate strategies. An abstract of this work has recently been published in the The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating (Eds. J.P. Martignon and I. Rogoff, Bloomsbury, 2013).
Alongside academic research, she has been engaged as a cultural practitioner in the expanded field of art education and socially engaged arts. Her artistic and curatorial work has been hosted by contemporary art institutions and festivals such as Vanabbemuseum (Eindhoven), Wyspa Institute (Warsaw), Gasworks (London), Eternal Tour Festival (Geneva), Plymouth Arts Centre, In-Presentable Festival (Madrid), ModernaMuseet (Stockholm), Lungomare Gallery (Bolzano), Steirischer Herbst festival (Graz), and Volkskundemuseum (Vienna) among others. In the context of museum education, she has been active an outreach officer (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin -2006); event organizer (Venice Biennale and WSIS, for Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, 2004/5); and consultant on approaches to engagement (Arts Council England, 2009; Serpentine Gallery - 2013).
Valeria Graziano taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary University, Greenwich University and St. John International University (IT). Guest lectures include Aalto University, Helsinki; NABA, Milan; PEI – MACBA, Barcelona; University of Palermo; Sheffield University; University of Bolzano; UIMP University, Cuenca (ES); and Stockholm University of the Arts. She was also involved in the development of the Youth Organizing Institute, an interdisciplinary summer school organized by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Bologna for young cultural and community organizers from the Balkan region (2006-2007).
Valeria Graziano's research practice investigates and experiments with autonomous forms of organization that able to foster counter-conducts, reciprocal vulnerability and realise the presence of others as a source of pleasure. It is particularly inspired by militant research, radical pedagogy and institutional analysis. Her projects addressed the relationship between organizational aesthetics, pedagogy and the production of collective subjectivities.
In collaboration with Paolo Plotegher (Goldsmiths College), she curated Summer Drafts - Laboratories of Transversal Vivacity (2008-2012), a residency programme bringing together artists and cultural practitioners with migrant and anti-racist organizations in the border region of Bolzano (IT). With Janna Graham (Serpentine Gallery), she co-organized No Programme: Chronicles of a Bureaucratic Beyond at the Plymouth Arts Centre (2007). Together with Manuela Zechner, she contributed to two editions of the Future Archive project, at Intermediae Madrid and in LASA, L'Havana, in the context of the X Biennale (2009).
As one of the initiators of the collective Micropolitics Research Group, based at Goldsmiths College, she contributed to a number of participatory action research projects focusing on the circulation of value in creative economies. With colleagues at Queen Mary University, she facilitated Self.Organizing (2011), with Arianna Bove and Toni Pruig, a practice exchange series unpacking some of the conceptual paradoxes associated with notions of autonomy and 'self-management', and the School for Study initiative, led by Prof Stefano Harney, hosted at Pa-f (Performing Arts Forum) in 2013.
She has been involved with the Carrot Workers Collective (2006-2011) against the use of free labour as an instrument of governance, and more recently she became a member of the Radical Education Forum, with whom she co-organized the State of Education Conference (2014).
Graziano, Valeria (2017) Partecipazione. In: Education_ART/Contest, Artissima Fair, 2016, October 2016, Turin, Italy.
Graziano, Valeria (2017) Partisan Welfare - group phantasy as social infrastructure. In: Solidarity Poiesis: I Will Come and Steal You. b_books, Berlin. ISBN 978 3 942214 50 6
Graziano, Valeria and Trogal, Kim (2017) The politics of collective repair: examining object-relations in a postwork society. Cultural Studies, 31 (5). pp. 634-658. ISSN 0950-2386
Graziano, Valeria (2016) Dares as ethical operations. In: From representation to conspiracy (working title). Juan Dominguez. (Accepted/In press)
Graziano, Valeria and Friedli, Lynne and Pester, Holly (2016) Speculations for a radical, feminist strike: workshop and experiment. In: Rest and Its Discontents: Speculations for a Mass Strike, 24 Oct 2016, Hubbub Exhibition and Events Series, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK.