Matera 2019

Born in Udine in 1991, Deborah is proud of her Friuli origins, but as a citizen of the world she never misses an opportunity to travel and get to know new cities and cultures. At 17 she left home for her first work experience as an animator in tourist resorts. With a thirst for knowledge and good social skills, she completed her studies at the psycho-pedagogical high school with top marks, going on to study law at university. Two years later she realised that she had not made the right choice and moved to Liverpool for a few months. Meeting and exchanging views with young people from different countries fired her enthusiasm and she returned to Italy to study public relations at the University of Udine. Under the Erasmus Project she studied for a semester in Barcelona at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. With four other international students she set up ERASMOBILITY 2016, a lobbying campaign directed at the European Commission to obtain more funding to support future generations of Erasmus students. The group was invited to present the project in Brussels. She completed her degree in 2017 with a thesis on 'Lovable women and ambitious men: how gender stereotypes sabotage female careers from infancy'. She collaborated with the Be Nice agency in Trieste and other organisations that manage info points and reception services at festivals and cultural and tourist events in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia such as Friuli doc and Pordenonelegge. In January 2018 she won a scholarship and moved to Rome to take a Level 1 Masters at the IULM, the Free University of Languages and Communication, in Management of Artistic and Cultural Resources. In September of the same year she followed a six-month training course at the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation on Management and Communication. She was part of the communication team for Every Body Talks, a collective exhibition held in Rome in November 2018. Curated by students of the 8th MaRAC masters, the exhibition explored the role of the human body as an immediate communication tool through the work of artists of international standing, including Liu Bolin, Spencer Tunick, Shadi Ghadirian, Tadao Cern, Erin Zerbe, Cristina Coral and Micaela Lattanzio.

In March 2019 she achieved her Masters in Management of Artistic and Cultural Resources with a mark of 70/70 cum laude and began working with the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation as Communication and Marketing Assistant.

Meanwhile, she loves to keep in touch, though from a distance, with the activities of the Pro Loco in her small provincial town and with a group of volunteers and educators she has been part of since she was 15. She adores jazz and good food, and firmly believes in the potential of Italy’s cultural and natural heritage.