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Lea Vene

Lea Vene

area: Curator

Conference Beyond Documentary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2017

Egle Oddo, Perfomative Habitats, Zagreb, 2020

Egle Oddo, Perfomative Habitats (detail), Zagreb, 2020

Emanuel Mathias, On choosing the appropriate distance, GMK, 2016

Engaged, active, aware – female perspectives today, Kortil Gallery, Rijeka, 2020

Maja Gecic, The situation of absence, Blok, Zagreb, 2019

Organ Vida, Revelations, French Pavillion, Zagreb, 2016

Ren Hang, Walk straight into my heart, Gallery Kranjcar, 2019

Key Facts







recommending institution / ERSTE Stiftung

time period

October 2021 - November 2021


2018 - 2019
POST-MA I Marvels and Catastrophes: Architecture and Cities and the Force of Nature I
Royal Institute of Art I Stockholm, Sweden
2017 - 2018
POST-MA I Critical Images I Royal Institute of Art I Stockholm, Sweden
2010 - 2014
MA I Fashion Theory I University of Zagreb, Croatia
2006 - 2013
BA and MA I History of Art and Cultural Anthropology I University of Zagreb, Croatia

Projects (Selection)

curatorial project - group exhibition I Tiger in Space I EKKM I Tallinn, Estonia I with Vanina Saracino and Marten Esko
curatorial project I Behzad Khosravi Noori and Magnus Bartas - Brioni: A Necromantic Attempt I Gallery Nova I Zagreb, Croatia I with Ana Kovacic
curator - solo exhibition I Meriem Bennani - Mission Teens I Museum of Contemporary art I Zagreb, Croatia
ethnographer I Babel Between Us I Stockholm, Sweden
curatorial project I Young Girl Reading Group - YGRG14X: Reading with a single hand I Gallery Karas I Zagreb, Croatia I with Barbara Gregov
curator - solo exhibition I Ren Hang - Walk Straight into my Heart I Gallery Kranjcar I Zagreb, Croatia
curatorial project - group exhibition I Paralell Intersection I Hala 5 I Zagreb, Croatia
curatorial project - group exhibition I Engaged, Active, Aware - Women’s Perspectives Now I Museum of Contemporary art I Zagreb, Croatia I with Marina Paulenka and Lovro Japundzic
curatorial assistant I 2nd Industrial Art Biennial On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants I curators WHW collective I Labin, Pula, Rijeka, Rasa, Vodnjan, Croatia
conference organizer and moderator I Beyond the Documentary I Museum of Contemporary art I Zagreb, Croatia I with Marija Borovickic
curator - solo exhibition I Anouk Kruithof - Ego, Eco, Crescendo I French Pavilion I Zagreb, Croatia
curator - solo exhibition I Emanuel Mathias - On Choosing the Appropriate Distance I The gallery of st. Thomas, Rovinj I GMK, Zagreb, Croatia
curatorial project - group exhibition I InterCity SwitchCity I POGON, Zagreb, Croatia I KKW, Leipzig, Germany
online exhibition I Vanished Reality - DIS MAGAZINE I USA I with Ana Kovacic and Sanja Sekelj
curatorial project, exhibition and publication I Liquidation I Zagreb, Croatia I with Ana Kovacic and Sanja Sekelj in collaboration with Sarah Lookofsky and Albert Heta

Photo: Marina Paulenka


I have several curatorial focuses in 2021 and I would include them in this residency. Firstly I’m interested in developing programs that intertwine artists and ecologists, botanists and environmental activists. I would be interested in exploring similar practices during the residency and potentially connect with artists/curators/researchers that I can invite to do the residency in Zagreb and join future projects related to seed politics I’m curating together with ZMAG (Green activist network). Secondly I am interested in connecting with the photography scene in Vienna and artists/curators working in that field. I’m one of the curators of the international photography festival Organ Vida and during 2021 I will be planning a new festival edition (2022) so I’d like to meet potential collaborators and open new possible festival partnerships. My third curatorial focus for next year are contemporary art practices that explore textile and related materials as an artistic medium. I’m a researcher at CIMO (Centre for research of fashion and clothing) and for the past two years we were developing a project titled Briefing on Soft Arts. We embrace the traditional link with the field of textile art, but at the same time we attempt to abolish or expand it so as to consider and challenge it within contemporary art practices. During the residency I would be interested in exploring artists working with textile and related materials and connect with similar initiatives in the context of Vienna.

Lea Vene in conversation with Sabine Winkler

In October and November 2021, Lea Vene is Q21 Curator-in-Residence in cooperation with / ERSTE Stiftung. In conversation with Sabine Winkler she talks about her curatorial practice.

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