Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, 28. February – 28. March 2018


XII Biennial of Young Artists

Would It Be Late, If Time Stopped?


Curators of the Biennial:

Ivana Vaseva, Bojana Janeva-Shemova, Vladimir Janchevski


Darko Aleksovski, Barski Braca (Marko Janev and Filip Velkovski), Dimche Dimeski, Ivan Durgutovski, Ana Jovanovska, Amir Karahasan, Marija Koneska, Bisera Krckovska, Ana Lazarevska, Jana Lulovska, Simona Mancheva, Marko Gutic Mizimakov, Ivana Mirchevska, Natasha Nedelkova, Dorotej Neshovski, Anasatasija Pandilovska, Vladan Petrushevikj, Ilija Prokopiev, Nikola Radulovikj, Goran Ristovski, Nikola Slavevski, Igor Tanevski, Nemanja Trajkovikj, Elena Chemerska and Zoran Shekerov.


Regional discursive program and presentations by artists – participants in the Biennial of Young Artists

 15.03 (Thursday)

 17:30 – 17:50

Introductory remarks by the curators

17:50 – 19:50

Presentations by the artists – participants in the Biennial:

– Marija Koneska;

– Barski Bracha (Marko Janev and Filip Velkovski);

– Ana Lazarevska;

– Dimche Dimeski;

– Zoran Shekerov;

– Simona Mancheva;

– Darko Aleksovski;

19:50 – 20:30

Presentation Permanently curious, some thoughts on art education and discoursive practices in contmporary art by Ivana Meshtrov (Split/Zagreb)

20:30 – 21:10

Presentation The story of the magical mirror by Ana Frangovska (Skopje)

21:10 – 21:30

Discussion with the two presenters and the artists


17.03 (Saturday)

17:30 – 17:50

Introductory remarks by the curators

17:50 – 19:45

Presentations by the artists – participants in the Biennial:

– Bisera Krckovska;

– Jana Lulovska;

– Nemanja Trajkovikj;

– Vladan Petrushevikj,

– Ilija Prokopiev and Marija Hristova (PrivatePrint)

– Nikola Radulovikj,

– Nikola Slavevski,

– GoranRistovski

19:50 – 20:30

Presentation Artist talk and presentation of selected works by Adela Jušić (Sarajevo)

20:30 – 21:10

Presentation TWIXTlab: an initiative between contemporary art, anthropology, and social reality, in the context of Athens today by Sofia Grigoriadou (Athens)

21:10 – 21:30

Discussion with the two presenters and the artists


20.03 (Tuesday)

17:30 – 17:50

Introductory remarks by the curators

17:50 – 20:20

Presentations by the artists – participants in the Biennial:

– Ana Jovanovska;

– Igor Tanevski;

– Dorotej Neshovski

– Anasatasija Pandilovska;

– Elena Chemerska;

– Ivana Mirchevska;

– Natasha Nedelkova;

– Amir Karahasan;

– Ivan Durgutovski;

– Marko Gutić Mižimakov.

20:20 – 21:00

Presentation Work (in art) – is change possible? by Danilo Prnjat (Belgrade)

21:00 – 21:20

Discussion with the presenter and the artists



Sofia Grigoriadou (Athens, Greece)

TWIXTlab: an initiative between contemporary art, anthropology, and social reality, in the context of Athens today

The publicity given worldwide to the so called “Greek crisis” seems to have rapidly turned Athens into a privileged, sometimes“exotic”, destination for “crisis” tourists, as well as for many foreign artists, curators, anthropologists and other social scientists. In this realm, documenta 14’s interest in “learning from Athens” brought the city into the spotlight of the international art world. 

In the meanwhile, an increasing number of collectives, artist run spaces and independent projects has beenemerging. Among them, TWIXTlab is a long term project,situated “between and betwixt1” contemporary art, anthropology and social reality. It adopts the form of a laboratory in order to propose or to support interventions in everyday life through workshops, seminars, screenings, presentations, discussions and also research projects.

To better understand the complex and controversial role of documenta in the local context, TWIXTLab has initiated a two year independent, international research program entitled “Learning from documenta”, in collaboration with several local and international partners. The program’s second phase, “Athens ArtsObservatory”, aims to conduct a mapping of thecontemporaryAthenian art scene and a recording of itsevolution.

In the presentation Grigoriadou will briefly describe the context in which TWIXTlab was founded and is still functioning today. Also, discussing these two programs, she will also focus onTWIXTlab’s interests and activities in relation to Athens and the changes that have been taking place in the city, its image(s) and the art scene.

1* twixt: shortened version of betwixt, which means in between, neither the one not the other. The social anthropologist Victor Turner used the phrase betwixt and between in order to characterize the intermediate out of three stages of the rite of passage as ultimate transitional, subversive and creative moment of societies’ lifetime.

Sofia Grigoriadou is Phd student in Social Anthropology (PanteionUniversity, Athens). She holds an MFA degree from the Athens School of Fine Arts. She is a graduate of the A.S.F.A. (2013) and the Philosophical, Pedagogical and Psychological Department of theUniversity of Athens (2006). She has participated in various exhibitions, conferences, research and artistic projects in Athens, Edinburgh, Istanbul, and Beirut. She has co-curated and co-organised artistic projects and exhibitions. She has organised and carried out artistic workshops and educational programs, worked with children with disabilities and she has taught at the A´painting workshop, ASFA. She collaborates with artists and anthropologists in the framework of TWIXTlab, an art project situated in between contemporary art, anthropology and the every day.


Adela Jušić (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Artist talk and presentation of selected works

For the 12th Biennial of Young artists, Adela Jušić will talk about position of artist in Bosnia and Herzegovina, her experience at the international art scene, and present selection of her works from 2007 till present.

Adela Jušić (1982, Bosnia and Herzegovina) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Printmaking, University of Sarajevo in 2007 (MA), and holds MA in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe from Sarajevo and Bologna Universities, 2013.

Jušić has exhibited in more than 100 international exhibitions (Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Image Counter Image, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, Balkan Inisght, Pompidou Center, Paris). She has participated in many artists in residence programs (ISCP, New York; Kulturkontakt, Vienna; i.a.a.b. Basel, Museums Quartier, Vienna) and in numerous panels, workshops and conferences. In 2010 she won Young Visual Artist Award for the best young Bosnian artist in 2010, Henkel Young Artist Price CEE in 2011, and Special award of Belgrade October Salon in 2013. Her works are part of many private and public collections. She is a co-founder and worked at cultural projects at the Association for Culture and Art Crvena since 2010, and is one of the creators of Online archive of Antifascist struggle of women of B&H and Yugoslavia.

The artistic practice of Adela Jušić is permeated with her personal experience and memories as well as politics and feminist discourse. A lot of her work investigates historical violence against women, participation of women in Antifascist struggle in Yugoslavia, recent Yugoslav wars, and the unpleasant reality rooted in them.


Ivana Meshtrov (Split/Zagreb, Croatia)

Permanently curious, some thoughts on art education and discursive practices in contemporary art

This lecture will highlight some questions about the state of art education these days from the perspective of historical overview, as well as from personal experience as a lecturer of art history and theory within academia and informal and non-institutional educational frame (Curatorial platform program co-founded in 2008 in Zagreb, Mediterranea XVI-Young Artists Biennial Errors Allowed in Ancona co-curated in 2013, long term collaborations with Academies of Fine Arts in Split and Zagreb).

Ivana Meshtrov is a curator and art historian from Zagreb, Croatia. Presently, she is a lecturer at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split. She is one of the co-founders of Slobodne veze/Loose Associations contemporary art practices as well as of the educational platform Kustoska platforma/Curatorial Platform.


Danilo Prnjat (Belgrade, Serbia)

Work (in art) – is change possible?

The aim of the discussion Work (in art) – is change possible? is to open a conversation with the audience and participants in the context of the Biennial of Young Artists, on the subject of production relations within which the work of young artists is located, as this field is increasingly transformed towards the targeted “self-sustainability” based on work in creative industries or the production of a specific type of goods for the art market (art collections).

The conversation will include a brief introductory presentation with a reference to the historical framework within which the work of artists as a specific type of worker / producer is constituted in relation to the contextual determinations through which he passed. A dialogue form, followed by examples from the current ways of self-organization of artistic production will seek to uncover the mechanisms through which these dominant models operate. The purpose of the discussion is to jointly and collectively (as an only possible way to think about change) try to open new horizon in work in art that would involve work on social emancipation that will not reproduce existing political relations and will not be based on exploitation of any kind.

Danilo Prnjat (1982, Montenegro) is visual artist who lives and works in Belgrade. He participated in many domestic and group exhibitions, conferences, conversations and implementations of (artistic) projects that explore the politics of participatory practices and collective work. In his work, he strives to overcome the established boundaries of art, as well as the relations between art and social reality through intervention in the field of economics. He is currently a Phd candidate in the final year of the PhD in Communication / Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. His critical work, based on the analysis of liberal culture, is published primarily on the portal “Dematerialization of art”.


Ana Frangovska (Skopje, Macedonia)

The Story of the Magical Mirror

 Once upon a time there were the young artists from Macedonia who have always wanted to be reflected in the magical mirror in the city that gave all Macedonians different perspectives for themselves. Passing by the mirror, looking at it, they saw themselves as academically highly trained artists who had a lot of knowledge in multimedia, as an excellent basis for self-identification in art. Again, glimpsing in the mirror, they saw wide range of wonderful possibilities for cooperation with colleagues, curators, institutions, the Ministry of Culture, various cultural organizations. For the third time, the mirror showed how they travel around the world without financial constraints and visited the most current and contemporary exhibitions, they communicated and became a part of significant artistic networks, creating works that did not show technical and technological impotence … the mirroroffered many more glorious images, but it showed them a twisted notion and a great discrepancy between the expectations and the possibilities. The story of the mirror is only irony, but is it that the essence of the problems of the young artists lies in some of the cynical visions in the mirror and in the social context in which we exist, or itlies a little bit in their ambitions, their will and sacrifice?

Ana Frangovska (1978, Skopje) is curator and creative and dynamic art professional with fifteen years curatorial, educational and research experience in the contemporary visual arts. She works as curator at the Macedonian National Gallery for the past ten years. She has effective public relations and presentations skills, and ample experience in written communication, planning and conducting art marketing campaigns. Selected international curatorial projects: ‘Essence of Existence’, exhibition of contemporary Macedonian art, Art Center Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015; ‘Utopia’, international conceptual exhibition, Multimedia center Mala Stanica, Skopje, Macedonia, 2015; ‘In Search of a Common Ground’ (together with Bojana Janeva and Ars Acta), exhibition of eleven contemporary Macedonian artists, Center for Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan; ‘Transfiguration’ – conceptual group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, Czech Center Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014; ‘Bread and salt’ – conceptual group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, Porcia Palace, Vienna, Austria, 2013; ‘Silentiopathologia’, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Pavilion of Republic of Macedonia at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2013; ‘Black and white or not’ group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Napoli, Italy, 2013; ‘Perception’, MC Gallery New York, USA, 2012; ‘Crucial in choice” Flemish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium, 2008; ‘Eastern neighbours’, Babylon Cultural Center, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006; Retrospective exhibition of Nove Frangovski in Taksim Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006; ‘Art exchange’ 2004, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Los Angeles, USA, 2004; 10 Macedonian artists at the Autumn Salon, Paris, France, 2002, etc.

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