Vanja Žanko, Founding Art Director
Vanja Zanko (Zagreb, 1980) is contemporary visual arts curator and manager. She organised different projects in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy and Germany. She founded two institutions in Croatia: Lauba House Zagreb (2011) as the largest private project space in the country and Nomad Zagreb (2014) as the pioneering platform for production, presentation and distribution in the field of visual arts. Her activities include: curating corporate collections (e.g. Filip Trade Collection Zagreb, Hotel Adriatic Collection Rovinj), managing solo exhibitions with public institutions (e.g. Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Museum of Fine Arts Osijek, National Gallery of Macedonia Skopje) and directing artist in residency programs with private partners (e.g. AiR Hotel Adriatic Rovinj, Weekend Residency Nomad Zagreb). She was invited to collaborate with the Ministry of Culture of Republic Croatia on different occasions: curator of Honour Guest Country exhibitions at Bologna Fair, jury member for Vladimir Nazor Award and jury member for innovative artistic and cultural practices funding.
Jelena Tamindžija, Art Director
Jelena Tamindžija (Dubrovnik, 1989) is an art historian, curator, project manager, specialised in cultural diplomacy, economics and contemporary art market. She graduated in Art History and Croatian language and literature from the University of Zagreb and Università degli Studi di Verona in Italy. Tamindžija is a recipient of the Rector’s Award for Wikipedia Project of the Art History students at the University of Zagreb, as well as the Embassy of France Scholarship for the Excellence and CEEPUS program scholarships at the University in Vienna. She specialised in cultural diplomacy and international relationships at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. After her internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, she took part in and designed numerous contemporary art exhibitions at private galleries and international art fairs in Shanghai. She currently works as international project manager at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, where she curated Ahmet Ertug’s exhibition “The Vanishing Point” in 2017 and organized an exhibition “Oceans. Imagining a Tidalectic Worldview” in 2018 in cooperation with Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation. She writes extensively about art for numerous Croatian art magazines including the magazine of the auction house Kontura.
Andrea Šarić, Art Director Assistant
Andrea Šarić (Zagreb, 1990) earned her bachelor's degree in Business in 2014 and is currently completing her masters program in Management on Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb. In 2012 she attended Startup Academy in Zagreb. During her studies she was a member of notable student association eSTUDENT and has participated in organizing various student projects. In 2012 she received a Special Rector's Award for the project Golden Index organized at the University of Zagreb. For two years she worked as a student assistant at Marketing department on her faculty and has performed internships as a marketing assistant in Institute for the development of education and as community manager in digital agency Gingernet. As well, she co-organized a few cultural events in Zagreb and international Youth in action projects across Europe.
Antonella Boldrin, Associate
Antonella Boldrin (Rovigo, 1989) earned her bachelor's degree in 2012 in Science and Technology of Cultural Heritage at the University of Padova (Italy) with the thesis “Characterization of pigments from Migdal synagogue wall paints (Tiberias, Israel)”. She attended «Globalization and Cultural Heritage» course at Venice International University (VIU) during the fall semester 2013. She got her master degree in March 2015 in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. During her studies she spent her curricular internships in the cultural field of her hometown: in the restoration laboratory of “Museo dei Grandi Fiumi di Rovigo” and in the theatre offices of ”Teatro Sociale” of Rovigo, Municipality of Rovigo.
Raffaella Mariadriana Matrone, Associate
Raffaella Mariadriana Matrone (Naples, 1994) is currently completing her bachelor's degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Her interest in different cultures encouraged her to study foreign languages and to participate in different exchanging projects in Europe, while her interest in art brought her to volunteer as Tour guide at FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) "Giornate di primavera", together with other small non-profit organizations in Venice.
Francesco Canestrale, Intern
Francesco Canestrale (Gragnano, 1992) earned his bachelor’s degree in 2015 in Political Sciences at the University of Milan, with the thesis: “Globalization and Social Changes: McDonald’s View of the World".
He is attending the master program in Public Enterprising Communication, more specifically the curriculum in Marketing and Communication at the University of Milan.
During his first year of the master program he has done an internship in the human resources at a recruitment agency in Italy.
Alessandra Bellomo, Intern
Alessandra Bellomo (Bari, 1992) completed her bachelor's degree in Visual Arts and Theatre at Università Iuav di Venezia. During this period, she developed a one-year experience of studies abroad, in the city of Lisbon. In 2016, she earned the master degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Her interest in writing and traveling brought her to develop a curricular experience as intern within the editorial department of the Italian website MiSiedo. She currently collaborates with Spotted by Locals website as contributor for the city of Venice.