Diana Zlatanovski

Diana Zlatanovski was born and raised in and around Chicago, IL. In college she pursued an interest in fine art. Always curious and interested in learning about different cultures, she took an Egyptology class and became smitten with Anthropology. After chasing monkeys around a rain forest in Costa Rica, she ultimately deciding cultural collections were more her thing and has worked in museums ever since. Diana’s earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, as well as studied photography at Northwestern University, Evanston IL and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

She’s curated and managed collections at the Field Museum in Chicago, the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin. Currently Diana works as a Curatorial Research Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Objects are all that remain behind as a link between their time and ours.

Working with cultural artifacts as a researcher and museum curator, I’ve developed a tremendous appreciation for the significance of objects. As a photographer, I am compelled to use my art to portray the importance of objects in our lives. Objects are wrapped in stories and meaning, as a curator you learn how to unravel those, to make objects speak. My photography of object collections is a way for these artifacts to tell their collective story. A tale of similarities and contrasts, sometimes vast sometimes subtle. Only through studying collections do patterns, both visual and intellectual, resonate and reveal themselves. What first appears identical reveals itself to be anything but. And the closer you look, the more you see.

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For more information please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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