Visual Arts Curator Vanja Žanko will present observations on the art strategies developed in Croatia within the last decade by artists born in 1970s and later, who embrace and utilise the geopolitical contexts in which they live and work. According to Žanko, contemporary art is borne from tradition, yet infused with innovative ideas. It is therefore of particular interest to explore the heritage of socialist Yugoslavia in modern art, as well as the ways in which the transition from socialism to capitalism has been translated into art practice. The lecture will also examine the act of image production, exploring the potential and possibilities of this specific medium and questioning the relationship between media and spectator.
The authors presented will be: Lovro Artuković, Igor Eškinja, Ivan Fijolić, Ivana Franke, David Maljković, Oko Okato, Renata Poljak, SofijaSilvia, Marko Tadić, Tarwuk/Bruno Pogačnik, Ivana Vukšić, Zlatan Vehabović, Žižić/Kožulwho.
Vanja Žanko (Zagreb, 1980) is a freelance contemporary visual arts curator and manager. She received an MA in Art History from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, and completed a specialist course for Curators at the World of Art School organized by the Centre of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana. She has worked on numerous exhibitions in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Italy and Germany, and is the President of the NGO Nomad, dedicated to the support of contemporary visual artists (2014-present). Previously, she was the Chief Curator of the Filip Trade Collection, a privately owned collection of contemporary art (2007-13), and the Chief Curator of its exhibition space, the Lauba House, in Zagreb, Croatia (2011-13).