Yane Calovski,born 1973, Skopje, Macedonia. Calovski is interested in reactivating, rather then fictionalizing, certain existing narratives that may, as active memories, become “reactive” imagination, or rather, evocations that generate imagination. The subjects of his latest research are the missing archive of the Kenzo Tange’s city plan for Skopje and the unrealized proposal by Oskar Hansen for the museum of modern art (also in Skopje). And, while the idea of time as “the last philosophical resort worth a metaphor” remains, he is interested in making sense without subjecting the narrative result to a conclusion. In Calovski's work, time as metaphor, becomes just as important as the fact of its inconclusiveness found in the logic of a linear narrativ.
Jugoslav Mitevski (born in 1978) presently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a degree in Fine Art from Braunschweig University of Art (2008), Germany. Selected Awards/Grants include ISCP (international studio & curatorial program), New York (2014);
Project Grant, City of Cologne (2014); Kunstfonds Scholarship, Bonn, Germany (2013); Kunststiftung NRW, Project Grant, Dusseldorf, Germany (2013); Public Art Award, Siegburg, Germany (2012); Travel - Grant from the State Government of North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany (2011); Raimund Lehmkul Award, Cologne, Germany (2010).
He was born in 1963 in Skopje. He graduated printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland, in 19 He holds a Masters degree in sculpture (2011) at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. In 1980, he partakes in the founding and operation of several art groups in Macedonia, including the group Zero (1985-1990), playing a significant role in the emergence and development of the alternative art scene in Macedonia. As one of the founding members of the initiative Kooperacija (2012-2015) he actively participates in the conceptualization and implementation of numerous events, including group exhibitions, collaborative projects, workshops, presentations and panel discussions held in the country and abroad. In his creative opus, through numerous actions, interventions, installations and long-term projects based on conceptual and multimedia recontextualizations, Toshevski explores the complex relationship between art and its role in a radical social and political context. His works address issues of positions of power, propaganda, censorship, the abuse of public space, the institutional framework and bureaucratization, relations between the visible and the obscured, and the dialectical relationship between freedom and restrictions.
Zoran Georgiev was born in 1985 in Macedonia. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Georgiev graduated with an MA in Painting from the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Zoran Georgiev’s works refer to the cultural policies of present-day Macedonia and Bulgaria, where the necessity of creating new (post-1989) identities and rethinking the past are leading to new forms of nationalism and visions of society and community. Georgiev underlines the hollowness, the competitiveness and the kitsch in state policies aimed at the construction or restoration of monuments and museums. As if the symbolism of the “new” past is nothing more than the expensive décor for a Bollywood (or rather, a Balkan-wood) production. With simplified form and direct appeal his works “unmask” the kitsch in the visual language of populist nationalism through a kind of authentic and raw objectivity.
In her work Verica Kovacevska often uses elements of performance to create projects that are open to participation. Kovacevska is known for live performances in which she directly integrates the audience and surroundings. She focuses on issues within the urban environment, from the use of personal space in public surroundings to more contemporary issues that plague our cities such as gentrification.
Completed her BFA (1997) and MFA (2013) at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. Currently she is a PhD-in-Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Ivanoska works with objects, texts, drawing, video and installation, often interdisciplinary and as a critical investigation into the experience of present-day social and political systems and their relationship to theory and history.
Zaneta Vangeli, born 1963 in Bitola, F.Y.R.O.M., lives and works in Skopje. Vangeli is a sculptor, painter, filmmaker and conceptual artist. Vangeli’s work reflects on representations of national identity, as felt in the complex position between east and west, between experiences of violence and vulnerability, conflict and uncomfortable peace that embody the contemporary Macedonian experience. Her meticulously rendered installations struggle to express the irreconcilable meaning of these conditions through the application of negative theology – an early Christian philosophy that attempts to affirm the existence of God by describing what is not God. While her work dwells in the political history and realities of the Balkans, she is ultimately more interested in what they represent on an internal and individual level. As such she seeks to reveal the battles being fought by subjects within ethical and religious domains made manifest in the battles for territories and resources.
Nada Prlja’s work deals with the complex situations of inequality and injustice in societies, ranging from political to economic issues. Using different media, her projects are multi-layered, site or condition-specific. She works mainly in (video)installation, live and public art. Prlja’s practice is site or context-specific and challenges critical discourse around issues of current politics, nationalism, human rights, migration, or the transition of ex-socialist countries. Nada Prlja represented The Republic of North Macedonia at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia in 2019 with her project entitled Subversion to Red. She has previously participated in the 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Manifesta 8, Murcia, 5th Moscow Biennale, (Film Program), Moscow; IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo de Arte Contemporáneo,Chile and Argentina, among others. Her solo exhibitions were hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje; FUTURA, Prague; National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje, etc. Prlja co-initiated the independent project space SIA gallery with Daniel Serafimovski (architect and educator) in 2013 in Skopje, with the intention of engaging with and internationally supporting the North Macedonia cultural scene, as well as promoting cultural exchanges with neighbouring countries.