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 at an executive level as the right-hand person for artist 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. Before joining the studio, she co-founded and directed two pioneering NGOs in Zagreb, Lauba House and Nomad, committed to the long-term support for artists in their education, production and presentation.

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) 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, 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.