Head of the Program:
Saša (Glavan) Nabergoj (1971)
Art historian, curator and critic. Assistant director at SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana. A member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics). A member of editorial board of Maska, Performing Arts Journal.
Member of the pedagogical team at Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana (1995 – 1997). Collaboration on exhibition projects in National Gallery in Ljubljana (1996 – 1997). Assistant of art director in Gallery Škuc, Ljubljana (1997). Collaborator of Soros Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (1997 – 1999). From 2000 employed by SCCA, Center of Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana. From 1995 publishes texts, critics, essays on the contemporary art and culture in various Slovene and international art magazines and newspapers (catalogues of Gallery Škuc, publications of multicultural center Metelkova, art magazines FlashArt/Italy, USA, Umelec/Czekia, Zarez/Croatia, M’ars/Slovenia, daily newspapers Večer, Delo,…). In 1999 and 2000 worked as collaborative researcher in the research project Problematic of space within alternative culture, ordered and financed by Cultural Department of the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia. From 2001 to 2004 acted as vice president of ICAN (Internationals Contemporary Arts Network). Since 2003 contributing editor of Praesens, magazine of contemporary art in central Europe.
Coordinator of the Program:
Sonja Zavrtanik received her degree in Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. In 2003/2005 she worked as a curator in the Nova Gorica City Gallery and in the years 2005/2007 in the P74 Center and Gallery in Ljubljana. From 2009 she works as an assistant to the World of Art at the SCCA,Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana.
Barbara Borčić (1954)
Graduated with B.A. in art history from the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts. Since 2000 director of SCCA-Ljubljana, Center for Contemporary Arts.
Active in the field of contemporary arts as a free-lance curator, publicist and editor.
Member of AICA, International Association of Art Critics and IKT, International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
In frame of SCCA Borčić conceived and edited the documentation, archival and research project on video art in Slovenia under the title Videodokument. Video Art in Slovenia 1969-1998 (available also on www.videodokument.org). She is also curating video programs under the title Videospotting and writing about video (in English: ‘From Alternative Scene to Art Video’, in Reader V2_East Meeting, No. 1, Rotterdam, 1996; ‘Video Art from Conceptualism to Postmodernism’, in Impossible Histories: Historical Avant-Gardes, Neo-Avant-Gardes, and Post-Avant-Gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991, MIT Press, Massachussetts, 2003). She was a project leader of curated web project Internet Portfolio, research projects What Is to Be Done with the Balkan Art and What Is to Be Done with the Audiovisual Archives, and editor of PlatformaSCCA magazine.
From 1980 on she worked in Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana and was the artistic director of the gallery 1982-1985. Between 1982 and 1992 she was involved in video practice in frame of ‘Ljubljana alternative scene’ and collaborated on several art and documentary video projects. 1991-1992 she was editor-in-chief of the fine arts magazine Likovne besede (Art Words).
From 1993 she was an assistant to the director, from 1997 the director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana.
PR and FR Advisor:
Dušan Dovč (1973)
Studied Comparative Literature and Slovene language at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Since 1997 works in the field of culture and art. Present position is a production manager at SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (2004–). His professional expertice and working practise are focused in cultural production and advocacy, fundraising and public relations.
Nevenka Šivavec (1963)
Curator and editor. She received her degree in Comparative Literature and Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. From 1989 she works as a curator at the Center for Cultural Programmes in Celje where she has organized and curated different exhibitions and exhibitional projects. She has also developed the international residential program Air Celeia. For many years she was co-editor of the magazine Art Words. In 2009 she finished the educationl program European Diploma in Cultural Project Managment (Fondation Hicter Brussels).
Jože Barši (1955)
Jože Barši is a visual artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana. His work includes diverse areas of interest, from site-specific works, such as Public toilet (1999) and House (2000, after the exhibition it become a shelter for the homeless), to radio broadcasting as a place of exhibition, public lectures, audio and conceptual works (Talking, Empty lecture …). He was the representative of Slovenia at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and in 1995 he was invited by curator René Block to participate at the 4th International Istanbul Biennial.
Zemira Alajbegović Pečovnik
She received her degree in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. From 1982 to 1988 she was leading member of multimedia group FV 112/15 and Disco FV. In the 80’s, she co-founded the independent video production FV video. Between 1983 and 1989, she was member of the group Borghesia. In the 90’s, she was active in the frame of the tandem ZANK (together with Neven Korda). She is author of numerous documentaries, music clips, dance videos, TV TV programmes on arts and culture and video films. Her latest works include the documentaries Between Four Walls and Time Slices that were presented at numerous international festivals, as well as the music clip Vortex. She is currently preparing a documentary film Invisible Territory on Marko Peljhan and a short film Quickly/Slowly. She collaborated on the project Videodocument and in the preparation of programmes on video art in Slovenia. She works as free-lance artist, director and journalist.
Branislav Dimitrijević (1967)
Art historian, critic and curator. He received his degree in Art History at the University of Belgrade and received his M.A. in 1995 in History and Theory of Art at the University of Kent, under the mentorship of Professor Stephen Bann.
He publishes texts on contemporary art and politics in Serbia in local and international magazines and catalogues. In 1996, he edited Pop Visions, a book on the interpretation of popular images. He writes essays for catalogues of numerous artists, among other, Zoran Naskovski, Milica Tomić, Zdravko Joksimović, pRT.
Together with Branislava Anđelković, he was curator and catalogue editor of numerous exhibitions: among other, A Room With Maps (1995), Murder1(1997), Beauty and Terror (1998) and Overground (1998). He is one of co-founders of the School for History and Theory of Art in the Contemporary Arts Centre-Belgrade. He was director of the Department of Education and Documentation of the Contemporary Arts Centre in Belgrade.
From 1999 on, he teaches on conceptual art and image perception. He also taught at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and the Michaelis School of Arts in Cape Town. He participated in conferences and discussion in Canterbury, Stockholm, Innsbruck, Ljubljana, Skopje, Oslo…
Studied Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. From 1982 to 1989 he was the leading member of the theatre group FV 112/15, as well as the Disco FV and the band Borghesia, where he was in charge of the visuals and director of their video clips. In the 80’s, he co-founded the independent production house FV Video that produced numerous artistic, music and documentary video projects. In the 90’s, he continued his creation in the field of artistic video together with Zemira Alajbegović (ZANK) and also worked as video editor, author of TV programmes, director and executor. He is currently entirely dedicated to video: he is the head of independent Pure Video Practice.
More at: www.korda-art.si
Petja Grafenauer (1976, Ljubljana) is an independent curator, art critic and theorist. She is completing a PhD on Mass Media in the Slovenian art in ISH. Until 2006 she was editor of RKHV at Radio Študent. Until 2009 she was a curator at the Gallery Ganes Pratt. Between 2008 and 2009 she was curator of the Tobacco Museum Gallery and she was co-curator at 24th International Biennial of Graphic Arts. Since 2009 she is the co-editor of Art Words. She collaborates with SCCA-Ljubljana and Famul Stuart School of Applied Art, where she runs Critical theories of contemporary art module. In 2008 she published her monograph “Aleksij Kobal.” She is editor of the book of selected texts of Zdenka Badovinac, which will be released in 2010.
Suzana Milevska (1961)
Prof. Dr. Suzana Milevska is a theorist and curator of visual art and culture based in Skopje, Macedonia. Currently she teaches art history at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. From 2008-2009 she though art history and analysis of Styles at the Accademia Italiana Skopje and she was its Dean. From 2006 to 2008, she was the Director of the Center for Visual and Cultural Research at the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje and she thought Visual Culture at the M.A. in Gender Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College in London (2006) where she thought from 2003 to 2005. In 2004, she was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Library of Congress. Her research and curatorial interests include postcolonial critique of hegemonic power in art, gender theory, feminist art and socially engaged art.
Her most recent project “The Renaming Machine” consists of series exhibitions and conferences discussing the politics of renaming and overwriting memory in art and visual culture. In 2005, she curated The Workers’ Club, an exhibition and conference at the International Contemporary Art Biennial at the National Gallery in Prague and in 2004 she was the national curator for the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale Cosmopolis.
Her recent publications include: “Curating as an Agency of Cultural and Geopolitical Change”, Continuing Dialogues, edited by Christa Benzer, Christine Bohler, Christiane Erharter (Vienna: JRP/Ringier, 2008); “The Hope and Potentiality of the Paradigm of Regional Identity,” Manifesta Companion, ed. by Adam Budak and Nina Montmann (Milano: Silvana Editoriale, 2008); “The Phantasm(s) of Belonging: Belonging without Having Something in Common”, Volksgarten Politics of Belonging, ed. by Adam Budak Petar Pakesh, Katia Schurl (Kunsthaus Graz am Landes Museum Joanneum, 2008); “Becoming Woman from a Feminist Point of View”, New Feminism: worlds of feminism, queer and networking condition, edited by Marina Gržinić and Rosa Reitsamer (Vienna: Löcker Verlag, 2007); “Resistance That Cannot Be Recognised as Such – Interview with Gayatri C. Spivak”, Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (London: Seagull Books, 2007).
Jana Intihar Ferjan
Born in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in October 1956. Graduated from the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Ljubljana in 1981.She spent two years working at a public library in Ljubljana and specialised in librarian sciences.
Since October 1983 she has been working in the Moderna Galerija Ljubljana – The Museum of Modern Art at the post of curator at the Department Documentation – Archives, Bibliography. The work of the Department (established in 1971) – i.e. collecting, evaluating, preserving and presenting data on modern and contemporary art in Slovenia – has been further systemised. More intense work has been started by computerising the data since 1989. She has been active in creating soft-ware programs ‘Exhibition’ and ‘Artist’ which support the extense database on the art and artists of the 20th /21st century in Slovenia and their appearance abroad. Part of the data has been accessible on the home-page of the Moderna galerija www.mg-lj.si since 2009.
She was active in the partnerships of the european projects: Vektor – European Contemporary Art Archives (2001-2003, main partner Basis Wien) which partly continues in the European.art.net (EAN) and Gravity – Art_Religion_ Science (2002-2004, main partner Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten Graz).
She has yearly Art Historical Bibliography published in the Zbornik za umetnostno zgodovino / Archives d’Histoire de l’Art (published by the Slovene Art Historical Society), in the period 1981 – 2000. Since 1995 she has been collaborator of the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon – Die Bildenden Küstler aller Zeiten und Völker, the vast project of Saur Verlag in Leipzig and München.
She is the author of several bibliographies and chronological texts in the catalogues of retrospective and representative exhibitions of Moderna Galerija and in the catalogues of its collections, e.g.:
Ekspresionizem in nova stvarnost na Slovenskem, 1920-1930 (1986), Umetnost tridesetih let na Slovenskem (2004 -6), P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum (1995), France Kralj (1995), Tone Kralj (1998), Lojze Spacal (2000), Veno Pilon (2002), Selected Works of Slovene Artists from the Museum of Modern Art Collections 1950-2000 (1995, new edition 2002), Zoran Mušič (2009) etc.
In 2003 she has become a member of editorial board of Umetnostna kronika – art chronicle published by the Art History Institute of France Stele at the Research Centre of Slovene Academy of Science and Art.
She was granted the Izidor Cankar award in 2007.
Alenka Pirman (1964)
Artist and former administrator. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana.
In the 90’s her work was related to the three imaginary institutions – SK8 Museum (1991-1993), RIGUSRS – Research Institute for Geo Art Statistics of the Republic of Slovenia (1997, with Vuk Ćosić and Irena Woelle), and Domestic Research Institute (1994-1998). Later on she collaborated with various artistic collectives / platforms (e.g. Luther Blissett, 01.org, and The Bughouse). She is a founding member of the Domestic Research Society, established in Ljubljana in 2004. Lives and works in Ljubljana.
Art historian, curator and editor based in Zagreb. Graduated in art history and literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. Former positions include: curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb 1983 – 1993, Director of Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Zagreb 1993 – 1996. As a free-lancer she has curated and co-curated exhibitions in many museums and galleries, including: Museum of Contemporary Art, HDLU, Gallery Nova (Zagreb), Museum of Modern Art, City Gallery, Gallery ŠKUC (Ljubljana), The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Porto), Neue Galerie (Graz), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), Galerie im Taxispalais (Innsbruck), Apexart (New York), Museum moderner Kunst, (Vienna).
Contributed essays and articles to magazines (Zarez, Frakcija, Život umjetnosti, Platforma, M’Ars, Golemoto staklo, Balkon), and to catalogues and books (Living Art at the Edge of Europe, East Art Map, 15th Biennale of Sydney, 54th Carnegie International, Ausgeträumt, After the Wall, Aspects / Positions – 50 Years of Art in Central Europe).
Lectures: AICA Congres, Bratislava (2001), Baltik Times, Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2002), Gorgona group and Mangelos, Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona (2004), Gallery Nova, Zagreb (2004), Symposium Authentic Structures, Prague (2004), Activism in art in Croatia in 1970s, Vrij University, Amsterdam (2008), Josip Vanista, Gallery P74, Ljubljana (2008), etc.
Recent books and catalogues: Mladen Stilinović – Artist’s Books (Platform Garanti, Istanbul and Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven, 2007), Josip Vaništa – The Time of Gorgona and Postgorgona (Kratis, Zagreb, 2007),Mangelos 1 – 9 ½ (Daf, Zagreb, 2007), On Unknown Works (Gallery Nova, 2006), Artist on Work (Gallery ŠKUC, Ljubljana, 2005), Mangelos nos. 1 to 9 ½ (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, 2003); Connections – Contemporary Artists from Australia (HDLU, Zagreb, 2002). In collaboration with Tihomir Milovac: Mladen Stilinović – The Exploitation of the Dead (2007), Mladern Stilinović – Pain (2003), The Baltic Times (2001) and The Future is Now (1999) – all of them published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.
Miško Šuvaković was born in 1954 in Belgrade (Serbia). He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade since 1993. Full professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, where he additionally teaches art theory at the Interdisciplinary postgraduate program. Formerly a member of the conceptual art group Grupa 143 (1975-80) and informal theoretical community Zajednica za istraživanje prostora – ZzIP [Space research community – ZzIP] (1982-89). Editor of the independent journal Mentalni prostor [Mental space] (Belgrade, 1982-87). Member of the editorial board for the journals Transkatalog (Novi Sad, 1995-1998) and Teorija koja Hoda [Walking theory] (Belgrade, since 2001). Honorary member of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics. His books include Scene jezika [Scenes of language] (Belgrade, 1989), Pas Tout (Buffalo, 1994), Prolegomena za analitičku estetiku [Prolegomena for analytical aesthetics] (Novi Sad, 1995), Postmoderna [Postmodernism] (Belgrade, 1995), Asimetrični drugi [The asymmetrical other] (Novi Sad, 1996), Estetika apstraktnog slikarstva [Aesthetics of abstract painting] (Belgrade, 1998), Pojmovnik moderne i postmoderne likovne umetnosti i teorije posle 1950 [Glossary of modern and post-modern visual arts and theory after 1950] (Belgrade and Novi Sad, 1999), Paragrami tela / figure [Paragrams of body/figure] (Belgrade, 2001), Anatomija angelova [Anatomy of angels] (Ljubljana, 2001), Figura, askeza in perverzija [Figure, asceticism and perversion] (Koper, 2001), Martek – Fatalne figure umjetnika – Eseji o umjetnosti i kulturi XX stoljeća u Jugoistočnoj, Istočnoj i Srednjoj Europi kroz djelovanje umjetnika Vlade Marteka [Martek – Fatal figures of the artist: essays on 20th-century art and culture in South-Eastern, Eastern and Central Europe through the work of Vlado Martek] (Zagreb, 2002), Impossible Histories – Historical Avant-gardes, Neo-avant-gardes, and Post-avant-gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991 (Cambridge Mass, 2003), Politike slikarstva [The politics of painting] (Koper, 2004), Pojmovnik suvremene umjetnosti [Glossary of contemporary art] (Zagreb and Ghent, 2005), Konceptualna umetnost [Conceptual art] (Novi Sad, 2007), Epistemology of Art (Belgrade, 2008), etc. He has curated more than 20 exhibitions since 1978. Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad, 2009-2010.
Dr. Rebeka Vidrih is an assistant of art history at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She was born on June 20th 1976 in Šempeter near Nova Gorica. In 1997/98, she enrolled in undergraduate independent study of art history at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She graduated in September 2004 with the title Science Discourse: From the lives of artists of Vasari to Gombrich stories about the art (she received Prešeren Award from Faculty of Arts). During the school year 2004/05, she enrolled in graduate study of art of modern times and in September 2008 she presented her PhD thesis entitled Theory of art and art history in the second half of the 20th century: classical tradition and new art historiography.