Vanja Žanko

Leila Topic

Vanja Žanko, born in Zagreb in 1980, graduated art history from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. She finished curatorial studies at the World of Art School, Institute of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana. She worked as the chief curator of the Filip Trade Collection and its project space Lauba House in Zagreb. Since 2013, she is a freelance curator and the president of Nomad, a non-profit organization she established with artists Jasmina Cibic, Igor Eškinja, Kristian Kožul, Zlatan Vehabović and Damir Žižić. She is the founder of Nomad Weekend Residency Program, based in Zagreb. She was the recipient of the EUNIC award for emerging cultural managers, and the ICroMe project grant, IUAV International University of Venice. Moreover, she is a jury member of different art prizes in Croatia: Vladimir Nazor Award, Erste Fragments and Drava Art Biennial. She is a board member of Croatian branch of ICOM.



Leila Topic works as a curator in Zagreb's Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), in charge of three collections: film and video, photography and media art.

Vladimir Vidmar

He graduated in philosophy and journalism at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Between 2007 and 2010 he worked at the City Museum and Galleries and also as a journalist and translator. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Assistant to the Art Director of Škuc Gallery. He curated numerous solo and group exhibition projects. He co-curated the exhibition Crises and New Beginnings: Art in Slovenia 2005–2015 at +MSUM in Ljubljana. Since 2016 he lectures at Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. He lives and works in Ljubljana.

Karla Pudar

Karla Pudar is a curator and currently acting head of the Visual Arts Department in the Zagreb Student Centre. The Gallery SC was founded in 1962 and since its first days it has been one of the most important non-commercial, public exhibition venues for generating new artistic scenes and tendencies of contemporary art. Besides exhibiting established artists, special attention is given on promoting young emerging artists and presenting interesting international scenes. Since 2009 an international residency programme of visual arts has been established. Karla has realized numerous visual arts, literary, and multimedia exhibitions, projects, and festivals. Her interests are wide, mostly connected with culture. Most recently she curated an exhibiton about Croatian animation films: "Surrogate of Reality – 50 years since the only Croatian Oscar" with Marta Kiš.

Marko Stamenkovic

Marko Stamenkovic was born in 1977. He is a freelance curator based in Belgrade and a member of IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (Luxembourg). He holds his BA in Art History at the University of Belgrade (BA Thesis: “Gaze Theory and Reading Visual Images”, 2003), and MA in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management at the University of Arts in Belgrade (MA Thesis: “Status of Curatorial Practices in Postsocialist Conditions”, 2005). Among his projects and exhibitions curated in Serbia and abroad the most recent are: After a Few Days in Our New Cave (We Found the Perfect Spot), Savremena Galerija, Zrenjanin (2011), Withdrawal Syndrome, Galerija savremene likovne umetnosti, Nis (2011), Josef Nadj – The Spirit of Nature, 14th Biennial of Contemporary Art, Pancevo (2010), Hamam, Old Turkish Bath, Vranje (2010), Zirkus Grau: Préparations pour un miracle, Karlin Studios, Prague (2010), One Little Indian and Then There Were None, La Générale, Paris (2010), and Splav Meduze, Center for Contemporary Art, Celje (2009). He has participated in numerous international curatorial programs and has been lecturing in European Union, Western Balkans, South Caucasus, Northern Africa, and Latin America. His writings on contemporary art have been published internationally. His current interest is centred on the transformation of suicide from an ultimate modernist paradigm to a new, trans-cultural media paradigm of radical withdrawal.