Yasmin Riyahi was born in Rome in 1993. In 2016 she was awarded a bachelor degree in art history by “Sapienza” University in Rome. Her thesis was entitled, “Lionello Venturi’s experience at «L’Espresso» (1955-1961)”, and was written under the supervision of professor Stefano Valeri. The thesis focused on the articles Venturi wrote for the weekly newspaper, and his link with the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome. She went on to do a master degree in art history, once again at “Sapienza” University in Rome. During this period, she joined the “Percorso d’Eccellenza”, by attending professor Stefano Velotti’s aesthetics course, entitled, “Art and Culture: intention, chance, spontaneity”. For the “Percorso d’Eccellenza” she also worked on the inventory of the documentary archive of the photographer Francesco Carlo Crispolti in Cerveteri (RM), under the supervision of professor Ilaria Schiaffini. In 2019 she presented her thesis on Francesco Carlo Crispolti with professors Ilaria Schiaffini and Francesca Gallo, as supervisor and co-supervisor respectively. It was a thesis on the eclecticism of Francesco Carlo Crispolti: journalist, photographic reporter, director, an early enthusiast of videoart, and activist for the rights of photoreporters. For her master degree, together with other colleagues, she earned the title of “Laureata Eccellente” of “Sapienza” University for the Academic Year 2017/2018.
From November 2018 until May 2019, she attended the XV edition of the Master in Economy and Management for Art and Cultural Heritage, at 24ORE Business School. There, she had the opportunity to focus on topics like the art market and its organization, as well as marketing and communication for cultural projects. From June 2019, she has been writing articles and creating cultural projects for exibart, an Italian newspaper focused on contemporary art and culture.
In July 2019 she attended the first edition of the Summer School, “The new professions for contemporary arts”, organized by Fondazione Donnaregina per le Arti Contemporanee and “Federico II” University in Naples, with professor Vincenzo Trione as director.
She is an activist for Amnesty International, and also for environmental and feminist causes.
At present, she is doing a PhD at “Sapienza” University. Her work is entitled, “Pier Maria Bardi and Galleria di Roma”. The focus in on discovering all the characters involved in the project founded by him and the gallery network in Rome during the 30’s.
She also coordinates the activities of the Museo Laboratorio dell’Arte Contemporanea, part of Sapienza’s Polo Museale, with her colleagues, Elisa Genovesi and Martina Rossi.