Participants’ biographies

IVANA MESTROV is an art historian, curator and one of the founders of the organization for contemporary art practices “Loose Associations”, active from 2006 to 2009. She works as a teaching fellow at the Art History Department with the Faculty of Philosophy in Split. Together with the art historian Michaela Richter, she has lead the educational project “Curatorial Platform” from 2008, she edited the issue “Life of Art” on the subject “Fragments of Curatorial Discourse” (85/2009) and they also curated together the educational platform at the international exhibition of graphic design and visual communications “Zgraf 11 – EduZgraf” (2012).

Individually or collectively, she curated a big number of solo and group exhibitions and video programs in Croatia and abroad, and among the most important exhibition cooperations are the following: Biennale of Mediterranean Young People – Mediterranea 16 (Errors Allowed), Monte Vanvitelliana, in Ancona in 2013; A City at Second Sight, “Galzenica” Gallery, Velika Gorica, 2013; Every House Is an Island, grey area, Korcula, 2013; Videohorizon, Instants Video, Marseille, 23013 and Mediteranea 16 in Split, MKC, Split, 2013.

She cooperated on the program of the audiovisual festival Momjano Vizura aperta from 2006-2010. She regularly publishes articles in the fortnightly for social and cultural events “Zarez” and the Third Program of the Croatian Radio.

ANA KOVACIC is a curator who works as a Manager of the “Miroslav Kraljevic” Gallery (http://www.g-mk.hr/). As a collaborator of Delve Institute for duration, location and variables), she worked as a researcher of the segment “Thrown Out from the Crowd” from the exhibition “Political Practices of (post)Yugoslav Art” in Belgrade in November and SKUC in Ljubljana, in December 2009. Together with Zana Saskin, author of the exhibition “Ho(w) to”  and “Darling, Sorry I’m Writing This Late” (Focus Group) in the “Yogurt” Gallery in AKC Medika. She worked as external associate on BLOC and Oangolin Studio projects. In 2013 and 2014 she was head of the Practicum within the Curatorial Platform program and was engaged as an external associate of the Galzenica Gallery in Velika Gorica on the programs for 2012 and 2013. She is a journalist of the TV program “Transfer” on HRT 3 TV and editor of “Visual Culture” of the fortnightly “Zarez” (together with Tihana Bertek). She lives and works in Zagreb.

CURATORIAL PLATFORM is a project launched in 2008 and aimed at enabling additional theoretical and practical education in the field of contemporary art. It is dedicated to deepening the knowledge of the contemporary national and international visual art and also to meeting and working with the protagonists of the art, curatorial and cultural stage in Croatia and the world.

Through this program, the participants are directed towards implementation of the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice and stressing out the netting and collaboration between close, but not enough connected artistically and socially – humanitarian professions and their overlapping in professional cultural acting nets.

The work on collective exhibition project is an inseparable part of the curatorial program, enabling the participants insight in the possible methodological, technical and theoretical tools connected with the concept and realization of contemporary art exhibitions. http://www.kustoskaplatforma.com/

ABS GROUP was created as a critical platform, active in material practice in the field of political contraindications of the contemporary Creation painting, art and possibilities for transitional culture and society. The members of the group are Alan Alebic (1976), Ivica Blazic (1975) and Ivan Skvrce (1980). They graduated in 2003 from the Academy of fine Arts in Zagreb, majoring in painting. They have just finished their collective master studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. They live and work on the route Zagreb-Rijeka-Krk. They are winners of this year’s award for the best young artist of the Croatian Association of Fine Arts in 2008. Alabic is a docent with the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, Blazic was a third year teaching fellow from 2009-2012 at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka and Skvrce is a teaching fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Such status defines their mediator role in the process of transferring knowledge between the superior status of the professors and those of the students.

IVANA VASEVA (1984, Skopje) graduated from the Faculty of Art History at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje in 2007. She was one of the participants in the project “Unschooled Knowledge”, collective self-education in art and culture and she specialized in the field of curator at the Curatorial Program (2011/2012) at de De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The focus of her curator interest in the last few years, refers to reinvestigation of the role of the art in the broader social and political and economic system and its potency and potentiality towards stimulation of changes (at least emotional and speculative) in various contexts. The reinvestigation of this relation enfolds on one hand through the connection of the contemporary researching art practices and multidisciplinarity with education, and on the other through development of discursive projects that directly reflect to political  and economic and social relations where art acts. So far she has curated the exhibitions: You made me so sad. Now that doesn’t have anything to do with you (Mobile/installation gallery of CAC, 2014 Skopje); “MSU has donkey ears”, exhibition/installation, curated within the frames of the special installation 2000s FOR INDEPENDENT – based on real stories (Jane Calovski, Hristina Ivanoska) (MSU, 2014); FIVE VARIATIONS OF STATIC: SILENCE (urban jazz bar Mojo, Skopje, 2013), curator of the projects “Artists and Dictatorship” (2013, skopje), SKOPJE: THE ULTIMATE GOLDEN COLLECTION OF PERSONAL MEMORIES 1960 -2010 vol 1 (Skopje, 2012), regional conference ‘MEMORIES OF A CITY: Microutopias and Realities’ (Skopje, 2012) and other projects and group and solo exhibitions.

FILIP JOVANOVSKI (Bitola, 1979), visual artist. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje (2010). Became M.A. at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department in Skopje (2012). Participated in several group exhibitions: Biennale of Young Artists (2009/2011/2013); SEAfair (Fair of electronic arts) – Contemporary Arts Museum Skopje (2010); FestivalPerforacije Zagreb (2010); Festival of Synchronized Cities 92010) and other video and theater festivals in the country and abroad (Pristina, Zagreb, Belgrade, Tokyo and Ljubljana). Created about 20 scenographies for theater plays, video and documentary projects. Winner of several awards for design, scenography and video, as well as the award for best scenography at the Festival Vojdan Cernodrinski in Prilep (2010), and the award for young painter DENES 2013. He represented Macedonia at the Prague Quadriennale for stage and space design (2011). In his works, he explores the frontiers between various media and their interdisciplinary link – the theater, the video, the film and the special installations. His works present transformation of political and social categories in special paintings.

From 2007 on he has been art director of the contemporary art festival AKTO in Bitola, and he also one of the founders of the Initiative COOPERATION (2012-), initiative for new art tendencies in contemporary culture, and JADRO 92012 – the association of the independent cultural stage.

He also works as a curator of interdisciplinary projects.

DANIEL SERAFIMOVSKI was born and lived in Denmark, and from 1997, he lives and works in London. Serafimovski graduated from the Architectonic University in Edinburgh. He finished his  postgraduate studies from the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation / School of Architecture in Copenhagen, within he studied at Istituto Universitario d’Architettura in Venice, Italy.

He is Senior lecturer on projecting and history and theory of architecture at London Metropolitan University  (today known as Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design) where he teaches from 2002, and where he runs Postgraduate Design Unit in a past few years. He taught at several faculties in Great Britain (Oxford Brooks; University of Nottingham, etc.), and in 2008 he was visiting professor at Korean National universities for art and architecture in Seoul. From 2000 he teaches occasionally at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen. Right now he is visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Ss.Cyril and Methodius University and University American College in Skopje.

Despite his academic activities, Daniel Serafimovski founded his own architectonic studio in London from 2002, and previously he worked in a well known architectonic studios in Copenhagen and London (Henning Larsen, Poul Ingemann, David Adjaye). In 2012, he has been participating in “Conversation Pieces”, artistic and architect project in the public space in London (together with his students and the architect Pierre d’Avoine, also with the artist and architect, Poul Ingemann) supported by GLA, Greater London Authority, during the Olimpic games. Then, in 2013, he won first prize at the international competition Danish Built Challenge and Nordic Innovation Award.

In his work its reflected his interest in the relationship between architecture and contemporary art. His exploratory interest and approach are expressed into his working methodology as an architect, also in his pedagogic approach as an educator. He has been participating at international conferences with his own scientific work and simultaneously in creating of the cultural program (public lectures and exhibitions) at the School of Architecture – London Metropolitan University. He writes in the architectonic magazine “Arkitekten” in Denmark, also he is interested in photography, video and different types of creative documentation. He has been researching about the work of specific architect and buildings (Joze Plecnik in Ljubljana, Luigi Snozzi in Monte Carasso, Ticino). The research on a City of Skopje, “Open archive” is expression of his interest into architectonic culture of different societies and its cities, and within that context also the importance of historical flowing and collective memory.

THE IGNORANT SCHOOLMASTER AND HIS COMMITTEES is a place of self-education and a public library – archive of texts, periodics and books from Yugoslav humanistic. The need for collecting, classification, critical rereading of key texts and books from Yugoslav humanistic originates from three reasons: it includes social and political alternative of the current system in Serbia, and globally as well. Their critical rereading is essential for the development of not dogmatic, critical, political thinkers who reflect the current processes and happenings in the social and political and economic life in the region. Further, Yugoslav humanistic is out of the educational and intellectual attention in all countries, successors of former Yugoslavia, and without it it is not possible to understand the whole twentieth century of Yugoslav people. Humanistic philosophy, as a discipline, is pushed out to the margins of the current university knowledge. http://www.uciteljneznalica.org/

LIVING LIBRARIES: Archives of Civil Disobedience is a long-term curatorial project, a process of collecting and distributing literature, which refers to civil participation, activity and reaction, via donations of individuals, representatives of non-government sector, organizations and associations willing to act in the direction of building open and contemporary democratic society. The living library presents an open collection of collective knowledge, formed by citizens themselves. It is continuously growing and supplementing, reconsidering the idea about the “knowledge” and how it is manifested under conditions of radical changes in social and political context.

At the same time, the individual understanding, public expression of attitudes and participation, through choices and donations of books related to a preferred topic are the basis that contributes in the shaping of the content of the “living” library but, simultaneously becomes evidence of the collective understanding of the actual circumstances and creates critical discourse towards the same. Briefly, the Living Library generates new forms of civil association and functions as an open platform promoting a principle of direct democracy.

In its last stage, the process of realization of the project means creation of alternative corner, physical space in the Scientific Institution Cultural Center – Bitola, that will exist independently as public debating space, efficiently and free of charge spreading of knowledge, using different forms of distribution of the same via new media, reading groups, workshops, and the same will offer accessibility and possibility for democratic approach to ‘subversive’ literature not used in official university curriculums and libraries. For the needs of the project LIVING LIBRARIES: Archives of Civil Disobedience, a public invitation has been published, to all those who would like to donate and share books they find especially important to read and discuss in the today’s social and political context. http://zivibiblioteki.wordpress.com

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