Vanja Žanko, founding director
Vanja Zanko (Zagreb, 1980) is a cultural manager with over ten years of experience working in non-profit cultural organizations and artist studios, having gained extensive experience in cross-disciplinary collaborations and inter-sector partnerships. She has always gravitated towards the challenge of complexity on a mission of advocating for, and effectively linking, the worlds of art, education and philanthropy.
Art institutions that she has collaborated with include Tate Modern, Fondation Beyeler, Kunsthaus Zürich, Museum of Modern Art Zagreb, and the Venice Biennial. Non-profit partnerships include United Nations, Croatian Association of Artists, Little Sun Foundation, and Bloomberg Philantropies. Universities include International University of Architecture Venice, Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, and Columbia University.
For the last five years, she has been working as a relationship manager to Olafur Eliasson. Interacting effectively with a diverse network of policy makers, business leaders, educators and engaged citizens is one of my main responsibilities, in her role as a critical information gateway between Eliasson and external stakeholders.
Jelena Tamindžija Donnart, art director
Jelena Tamindžija Donnart (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, associate director
Andrea Šarić (Zagreb, 1990) is a creative director and arts manager specializing in branding, storytelling, campaigns, and project strategy. She got her Master’s degree in Management of Creative Business Processes from Copenhagen Business School and a Master’s degree in Management and Organization at the University of Zagreb. In 2012 she was granted a Special Rector’s Award at the University of Zagreb.
With almost ten years of experience, Andrea worked both on local and international projects within the creative industries, visual arts, and culture. In 2019 she co-founded creative studio Lightwork offering integrated custom solutions for selected clients and started a multidisciplinary environmental art project Crystal Clean. Previously, Andrea built her professional practice as an independent consultant and as an associate director at the art association Nomad. She is one of the founding members behind Zagreb-based startup art school Škola 358.
Her work is deeply inspired by contemporary art, nature, trends that disrupt the status quo, collaborative leadership, and authentic creative processes.
Antonella Boldrin, project assistant
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, project assistant
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.