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					Short biographies of the twelve artists | One Year After Anca Benera ROMANIA Born 1977 in Constanta Studied painting at the Bucharest University of Art. Lives and works in Bucharest. Grants (selection): 2003 Solomon Guggenheim Foundation New York 2002 Peggy Guggenheim Foundation Venice 2001 Sea Elephant Travel Agency Istanbul Individual exhibitions (selection): 2006 Bétonsalon, Museumsquartier Vienna 2005 Mie Lefever Gallery, Gent, Belgium 2004 Siemens_artlab Vienna, H`art Gallery Budapest 2001 International Center for Contemporary Art Bucharest Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2006 “Fluidic” project Berlin, “Kulturkiosk” Halle, Germany 2005 “Central – New art from New Europe” Vienna 2004 “New Balkans” Thessaloniki 2002 “Free Biennial” New York Quote: My stay in Vienna was a very creative and productive time. I started my project “Collecting Collectors”, which I further developed during the following year. The KulturKontakt Artists in Residence Programme really does open up many new perspectives and opportunities. Uršula Berlot SLOVENIA Born 1973 in Ljubljana Studied philosophy at Ljubljana University and art at the Ljubljana Academy of Art and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Paris (DNSAP). Lives and works in Ljubljana. Grants and awards (selection) 2005 Pollock-Krasner Foundation New York 2004 Henkel CEE Young Artists’ Prize 2003 Artist in Residence New York/Slovenian Ministry of Culture Individual exhibitions (selection): 2005 Miklova Hisa Gallery Ribnica, Slovenia 2004 Loza Gallery Koper, Slovenia 2003 “Crystal shade”, Ljubljana Castle 2001 Equrna Gallery Ljubljana Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2006 Living Art Museum Reykjavik, Iceland 2005 Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana 2004 Gallery Skuc Ljubljana Quote: Intense and effective creativity

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Goran Bertok SLOVENIA Born 1963 in Koper Studied political science and journalism at Ljubljana University. Lives and works in Ljubljana. Individual exhibitions (selection): 1999 “999” Maribor Art Gallery, Slovenia 1998 Gabriel Gallery Sarajevo Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2003 “Blood and Honey” Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria 2002 Arte contemporanea Triest 2001 Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana 2000 Marino Cettina Gallery Umag, Croatia Oskar Dawicki POLAND Born 1971 in Gdynia Studied fine art at the Nikolaus Kopernikus University Torun, Poland Since 2001 member of the “Azorro” group of artists. Lives and works in Warsaw. Individual exhibitions (selection): 2005 Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw 2004 Potocka Gallery Krakow 2003 Zacheta National Gallery Warsaw 2002 Raster Gallery Warsaw Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2006 House of Art Brno, Czech Republic 2005 Prague Biennial 2 2004 Forum Kunst&Architektur Essen, Germany 2003 Kunsthall Bergen, Norway Quote: Far away, so close Soňa Goldová CZECH REPUBLIC Born 1979 in Hustopece near Brno Studied fine art at the Technical University Brno Lives and works in Velke Pavlovice. Grants (selection): 2004 Grant from the Czech Ministry of Education for Barcelona 2003 Grant from the Czech Ministry of Education for Bilbao 2002 CEEPUS grant from the Zagreb Academy of Art, Croatia 2000 Erasmus grant from the University of Cuenca, Spain Individual exhibitions (selection): 2002: virtual gallery www.galeriemagda.cz 2001: “Maroko” Beroun, CZ

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Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2005 Galerie am Park, Vienna 2004 Kiritku Gallery Prague 2003 House of Lords of Kunstat, Brno, Czech Republic 2001 Velke Pavlovice Quote: It was the first time that I felt it’s worth being an artist. Driton Hajredini KOSOVO Born 1970 in Prishtina/Kosovo UNMIK Studied painting at the Prishtina Academy of Art and at the Münster Academy of Art, Germany Currently lives and works in Prishtina. Awards (selection): 2005 1st prize EmergeandSee Budapest 2003 1st prize Prishtina Video Festival Exhibitions (selection): 2006 Manifesta Nicosia/Cyprus 2005 Münster Film Festival ´05; Art Film Biennial Cologne; PS122 New York 2004 Video Festival Dubrovnik, Croatia, Instant Video Festival Manosque, France 2003 “In the Ravines of the Balkans” Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany Vanja Hamzić BOSNIA&HERZEGOVINA Born in Sarajevo Studied at the Sarajevo Academy of Art; further studies in Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and in France. Lives and works in Sarajevo. Awards: 2001 Grant of the Alliance Francais, Paris 2000 “Karim Zaimovic” grant, Bosnia-Herzegovina Individual exhibitions (selection): 2005 FIAP Jean Monnet Paris 2003 Galerie Green Eggs & Ham, Berlin Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2005 Bunkier Sztuky Gallery, Krakow, Poland 2004 Moonbow Festival, Stockholm 2002 “Ars Bosnae” Berlin 2001 Biennial of Contemporary Art Cairo (jointly with Boris Majstorovic) 2000 Biennial Sao Paolo Quote: I lived my art to the fullest.

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Aleksander Komarov BELARUS Born 1971 in Grodno Studied painting and conceptual art in Poznan/Poland and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam Founder of the artists’ initiative “Kunst&Complex” and the artists’ group “Aliens” Lives and works in Minsk and Rotterdam. Grants (selection): 2002 Künstlerhaus Boswil 2000 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam 1999 Grant of the “President’s Fund” Minsk Exhibitions (selection): 2006 Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen 2005 Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam 2004 Museum of Contemporary Arts Minsk 2002 K3 Zürich 2001 CSW Zamek Ujasdowski Warsaw Daniel Pitín CZECH REPUBLIC Born 1977 in Prague Studied art and conceptual art at the Prague Academy of Art AVU Lives and works in Prague. Awards (selection): 2004 Henkel Art.Award Vienna 2001 Grant of the Nuova Academia Milano Individual exhibitions (selection): 2003 FUTURA Gallery Prague 1999 AVU Gallery Prague Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2006 Galerie Charim Vienna 2005 Art Cologne; viennaFair 2003 HAMU Gallery Prague 2001 Manés Gallery Prague 1999 Art gallery U prstenu Prague Quote: Enjoyed. Petra Ruzickova CZECH REPUBLIC Born 1963 in Prague Studied social sciences at Charles University in Prague Self-taught photographer, extends her abilities by designing numerous books and art calendars, among other things Lives and works in Prague.

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Grants and awards (selection) 2005 Best Literary Book Illustration from the Czech Photography Magazine 2002 The Best Calendar of the Year (Czech Republic) 2001 European Prize for Photography/European Union of Arts 2000 Czech Press Photo 2000 (best art series) Individual exhibitions (selection): 2004 Jilove u Prahy Regional Museum Prague 2003 Czech Center New York 2001 MIRO Gallery Prague 1999 Letnany Exhibition Rooms Prague Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2005 Biennale Internazionale dell´Arte Contemporanea Florence 2004 Photo District Gallery New York 2003 Le Carrousel du Louvre/Leica Gallery Paris 2002 Czech Center for Photography Prague 2001 June Bateman Gallery New York Quote: I thought it would be fun for once to go out and take photographs in a city, as I see myself as more of a nature and landscape photographer. But in three stimulating months in Vienna, the Austrian metropolis became surprisingly beautiful, enriching and photogenic for me. Dorota Sadovská SLOVAKIA Born 1973 in Bratislava Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (VSVU) Bratislava as well as at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France Lives and works in Bratislava. Individual exhibitions (selection): 2005 4th International Photography Festival Lodz, Poland 2004 PiroschkaRev (KKA) Museumsquartier Vienna 2002 Belltable Arts Centre Limerick, Ireland Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2005 Month of Photography El Castillo Espacio Cultural Tenerife 2004 Galerie Fotohof Salzburg 2003 Month of Photography Bratislava 2001 6th Herten International Photo Days, Germany 1999 “Slovak art for free”, Venice Biennial Veronika Tzekova BULGARIA Born 1973 in Sofia Studied painting at the Jules Piscine Academy of Art in Sofia as well as multimedia and mixed media at the Dutch Art Institute in Enschede. Lives and works in Sofia. Grants (selection): 2006 Backyard Residencies Programme Istanbul 2004 Bauhaus Kolleg Dessau, Germany

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Individual exhibitions (selection): 2006 City Gallery Sofia 2004 Cultural Center Tocka Skopje, Macedonia 2003 “In the Ravines of the Balkans” Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany 2001 Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Center Sofia 1999 MEG Gallery Toronto Participation in exhibitions (selection): 2006 Sofia City Gallery; Kunsvlaai 6 Amsterdam 2005 Daohaus Sofia 2004 Cultural Center Tocka Skopje, Macedonia 2003 Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Quote: Lipsmackin' Thirstquenchin' Acetastin' Motivatin' Goodbuzzin' Cooltalkin' Highwalkin' Fastlivin' Evergivin' Coolfizzin' Sloganizing and Outsourcing.

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