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May 17, 2024
2.30 pm – 7 pm

SPEAKERS: Tjaša Pogačar (SI), Michal Stolarik (SK), Natalija Paunić (RS), Una Mathiesen Gjerde (NO), Mijoo Park (KR)

Moderators: Lovro Japundžić and Jelena Šimundić Bendić

The seminar, supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union, within the CreArt 3.0 project, gathers international curators and artists from the exhibition programs of the 37th Youth Salon. Through lectures and panel discussions, seminar participants of “Great Expectations” will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of professionalizing their artistic practice. Key points covered in this seminar include the presentation of the international art scene and different areas of activity within institutional, independent, or commercial contexts, as well as the importance of the relationship between artists, curators, and professionals in the creative sector. Professionalizing artistic practice also involves career guidance for young artists, which will also take place through lectures and discussions on developing one’s own style, the importance of choosing the right places for exhibition, and maintaining successful relationships with various institutions, collectors, and other actors in the art systems. Our aim is to provide free access to knowledge that they could not acquire during formal education, which is crucial for strengthening their business skills. The all-day program ends with a portfolio review where artists have the opportunity to discuss their work with a team of international curators.


14:30-16:30 / Seminar ‘Great Expectations’
16:30-17:00/ Break
17:00-19:00/ Portfolio reviews

[The program is conducted in English]

Una Mathiesen Gjerde (NO) (b. 1993 in Trondheim) is a producer, critic, editor and curator based in Oslo, Norway. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in cultural entrepreneurship from the University of Uppsala. Her curatorial interest is centered around feminism, biology, queerness and witches. Aside from her own practice, Mathiesen Gjerde is the Art Editor of the cultural online journal Subjekt, and former Head of Production and Administration at Fotogalleriet, Oslo. In 2020 she curated the exhibition SYKLUS exhibited first at Telemark Kunstsenter, and later, in a smaller edition, at Coast Contemporary. Mathiesen Gjerde is a co-founder of, a digital queer platform for young artists in the Nordic region.

Mijoo Park (KR) is an independent curator and researcher based in Seoul, South Korea. She’s been organizing the discursive platform the Bul-teok in Korea. Previously she managed the RAT school of ART, a self-directed artist-run school(2014-2021). Her main curatorial practice investigates modes of institutionality and the roles of different institutions in sustainable artistic practices. She curated exhibitions and projects including Endless Summer (2020-2021, Seoul and Jeju),  Neither Dark Nor Black (Weekend, Seoul, 2020), Anyang Public Art Project (APAP6, Anyang/assistant curator, 2019), Omni-presence (ONE AND J. +1, Seoul, 2018), and Wishy-washy Bodies (Centre A, Vancouver, 2017) and work as associate curator for Frequencies of Tradition (Incheon Art Platform, 2021-2022), grandmothers (Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul, 2022). She participated in the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course (2016), Salzburg Summer Academy(2017), ARKO Creative Academy for Curator (2017), and Mountain School of Arts (2019).

Natalija Paunić (RS) is a contemporary art curator and writer from Belgrade, Serbia. She got her Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017, after a master’s degree (MArch) in architecture from the University of Belgrade in 2015. She works as a director at Eugster || Belgrade gallery in Belgrade and she also runs a nomadic project space called Voždovačka Galerija, which operates in response to the architecture of different spaces. Natalija is interested in non-canonical approaches to writing, curating and architecture, as well as how critical thinking, art and theory affect our personal lives. With her curatorial group Voždovačka Galerija, as well as independently and through collaboration with Eugster || Belgrade, she supports and develops projects that are concerned with ecology, luxury, waste, capitalism, accelerationism, feminism and love. She collaborated with organisations such as British Council, documenta 14, Goethe Institute in Belgrade, LUX Moving Image foundation, Visegrad Fund, Q21 in MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Enclave Projects in London, European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) in Denmark, Public School for Architecture Brussels, ICA in London (as part of ICA Young), among others.

Tjaša Pogačar (SI) is a curator, co-founder, and editor-in-chief of Šum, a Ljubljana-based magazine and platform for art and theory-fiction. She worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Škuc Gallery and Aksioma Project Space in Ljubljana, among others, curating solo and group shows and collaborating mainly with the younger generation of artists. In 2019/20 she curated two editions of IFCA – International Festival of Computer Arts in Maribor, titled “Automated Ecologies” and “Infrastructure Complex: Altered Earth” that focused on questions arising from the intertwining of technology and planetary ecologies. In addition, Pogačar works as a curator and producer of new media art at the Projekt Atol Institute in Ljubljana and is the curator of ISKRA DELTA – 34th Ljubljana Graphic Biennale (2021). In September 2022, she curated the ZONE1 of viennacontemporary at Kursalon Vienna. (2021, 2022)


Michal Stolarik (SK), born in 1988 and based in Bratislava, Slovakia, is an independent curator, art critic and art writer. He graduated from the Department of History of Visual Arts at Comenius University, Bratislava particularly exploring contemporary art after 1989. Throughout his career, he has worked with various galleries and institutions, including the Jan Koniarek Gallery, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Zahorian & Van Espen Gallery and others. Stolárik’s curatorial endeavours encompass a diverse range of exhibitions, showcasing the work of both emerging and established artists hailing mainly from CEE countries. Working in the context of private galleries, state institutions or project spaces in Slovakia, Czechia, Italy and Austria, he is focusing on a broader range of media connected to the themes of expended forms of reality.


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