Petja Grafenauer (1976, Ljubljana) is a lecturer, curator and writer on contemporary art.
Her main fields of interest are the discourse and practices of visual in the second half of the twentieth century, focusing on the regional, ex-socialist history of art discourses and practices of the 20th and 21st century.
Since 2005, she is an external lecturer of history of contemporary art at School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica. She is the editor of Art Words magazine, the main periodic publication in the field of visual art and art theory in Slovenia. During 2007-2010, she was the curator of Ganes Pratt Gallery. In 2013, she was the curator at KC Tobačna 001/MGML.
Since 2001 she publishes art-reviews and art historical texts in various media, amongst them Radio Študent, Radio Slovenija, national dailies Delo, Dnevnik, Večer, national weekly Mladina and Art on Paper, Art Words, Borec, Ekran, ISH Monitor, Manifesta Journal, Maska, Revija Fotografija, Zarez and Život umjetnosti magazines.
In 2010 she was the editor of the book Authentic interest, selected texts by the curator and MG+MSUM Ljubljana director Zdenka Badovinac (Maska 2010). In 2013, her curatorial text on the history of Biennial of Graphic Arts was published in the catalogue of the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and her article analysing the work of Jasmina Cibic was part of the catalogue of the Slovene pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial.
She curated group projects and exhibitions, among them: Made in China (2013 - ), The Biennial of Graphic Arts—Serving You Since 1955. (The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Cankarjev dom Gallery, Ljubljana, 2013), New Tendencies (Art Gallery Maribor, Maribor 2010), We want to be free as our fathers were (International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 2010, with Božidar Zrinski), The Matrix: an Unstable Reality: 6 Monkeys, 300 Envelopes and 1 Love: "Imperfect as Always" (The 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana 2009), curator for painting, Territories, Identities, Nets: Slovene art 1995-2005 (Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, 2005).
Amongst others she curated solo exhibitions of Viktor Bernik, Conny Blom, Jasmina Cibic, Igor Eškinja, Ivan Fijolić, Ibro Hasanović, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Sanela Jahić, Jaša, Dejan Kaludjerović, Žiga Kariž, Mark Požlep, Sašo Sedlaček, Nina Slejko, Ignacio Uriarte …
For the period 2012-2014, she is the chairperson of the expert committee for Promotion and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and chairperson of the expert committee for Visual Arts at the City Municipality of Ljubljana.