Zoran Poposki (PhD, MFA) is a transdisciplinary artist, art educator, and researcher. He explores cultural translation, liminality, identity, and public space through printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, performance, video, and publishing.
Work shown in 70 exhibitions, screenings and festivals in USA, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and China. Public art projects on urban LED screens, video billboards, posters and billboards in NYC, Skopje, Dublin, Hong Kong, etc. He has exhibited alongside some of the major names in contemporary artistic production, including Gerhard Richter, Nam Jun Paik, Allora and Calzadilla, Xu Bing, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson, William Eggleston, Thomas Ruff, Sebastiao Salgado, etc. His works have been selected for juried and curated exhibitions by prominent international curators and critics, including Donald Kuspit (Professor Emeritus of art history and philosophy, SUNY), Elisabeth Sussman (Curator, Whitney Museum, NYC), Deborah Cullen (Director and Head Curator, Gallery of the Columbia University New York), etc. Education: MFA New Media (Donau Universitat Krems, Austria and Transart Institute NYC), PhD Cultural Studies (EUBA Skopje). Artist residencies include: School of Visual Arts (New York), Wooloo (Berlin), Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), Vermont Studio Center, etc.
Awards: CEC Artslink Award (NYC), Artslant Prize Juried Winner, VSC Artist Grant, iD+Consonni Special Mention, etc. Collected in the Luciano Benetton Foundation's Imago Mundi collection (Italy) and Videotage Media Art Collection (Hong Kong), archived in the AUP archive (a project of e-flux in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery London), and featured in Saatchi Art collection. Author of a book on artist interventions in public space. Researcher in the fields of visual semiotics, practice-based research, civic art, and immaterial artistic practice.
EXHIBITIONS - GROUP 2017 Film Focus: Translation(s) III; Bodies in Transit, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK 15 Art Stays Festival of Contemporary Art, Ptuj, Slovenia Face to Face: Imago Mundi Exhibition, Bosnian Cultural Centre, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Woolloomooloo/Moonshiner, Taipei, Taiwan (as part of Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers) Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Exeter Phoenix, Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre Leicester, and Fabrica, Brighton, UK (curated by Isaac Leung and Jamie Wyld) Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers, Boom, Hong Kong (curated by Isaac Leung and Jamie Wyld) Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong 14 Art Stays Festival of Contemporary Art, Ptuj, Slovenia Making Art with the Community, Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, Hong Kong (curated by Zoran Poposki) Videotage Media Art Collection, Art Basel Hong Kong US, Them and You, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT, USA 2015 DMZ Pilgrimage International Art Festival, South Korea In the First Person, Museum Bitola, Bitola, Macedonia (curated by Maja Cankulovska Mihajlovska) 13th Festival of Contemporary Art ARTSTAYS, Ptuj, Slovenia Translating the City, Videotage, Hong Kong (curated by Zoran Poposki and Laurence Wood) In the First Person, National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje (curated by Maja Cankulovska Mihajlovska)
2012 No-Festival of Video-art and Animation, Ufa, Russia Urban Dreams, Centre for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria NOT Festival, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark 10th International Festival of Contemporary Art ART STAYS, Ptuj, Slovenia (part of European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012) Connecting the Dots, Kamloops Art Gallery and Thompson Rivers University Gallery, Kamloops BC, Canada (curated by Tricia Sellmer and Craig Willms) Video in Progress 3: Fields of the Performative, Koroska galerija likovnih umetnosti (Koroska Art Gallery), Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia (curated by Kolektiva) 2011 Hacked Places / Hacked Faces, City Museum/Open Graphic Studio, Skopje (curated by Ivana Vaseva and Jovanka Popova) Interference-Schaduwspel, Breda, Netherlands Not so Distant Memory, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington DE, USA (curated by Bosko Boskovic) CYBERFEST 11 International Cyber Art Festival, Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center, St. Petersburg, Russia (curated by Bosko Boskovic) 6 AKTO Festival of Contemporary Art, Bitola, Macedonia 9 Art Stays Festival of Contemporary Art, Ptuj, Slovenia (curated by Jernej Fabrici and Marika Vicari) Festival Internacional de Videoarte Proyector, Off Limits, Madrid, Spain Skopje: between science and fiction, Open Graphic Studio/City Museum, Skopje, Macedonia (curated by Jovanka Popova) The Joy of Living, Art Pavilion, Podgorica, Montenegro The Joy of Living, City Museum, Skopje, Macedonia Brief Histories, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (curated by Fawz Cabra and Isak Berbic) Upstart public art campaign, Dublin, Ireland College Art Association CAA 2011 Annual Conference Media Lounge, New York, USA (curated by Bosko Boskovic) Not So Distant Memory, Center for Book Arts, New York, USA (curated by Bosko Boskovic) MYSELF: A Survey of Contemporary Portraiture, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, USA (curated by Marjorie Vecchio) 2010 III Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Camaguey, Cuba SpecifyOthers, Sanctioned Array/Big Screen Project (public screening on 30 ft. x 16.5 ft. HD Format LED screen, 6th Ave and 29th Street), NYC (curated by SpecifyOthers) Curatorial Workshop, City Art Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia (curatorial project by Goran Gjorgievski) Spaces In-between, ConcentArt, Berlin, Germany Proyector 2010, Espacio Menosuno, Madrid, Spain DLUM Biennial: Winter Salon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia (curated by Tomur Atagok) 2009 Video in Progress 3, Center for Urban Culture Kino Siska and Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia (curated by Kolektiva) The beautiful city will rise again, DLUM/Skopje Summer Festival, public installation, City Square, Skopje, Macedonia (curated by Maja Cankulovska) Open Call, Brina Thurston for Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (curated by Filipa Oliveira + Miguel Amado) Refresh: Projections of new media at MAP, Museo de Arte de Ponce, San Juan, Puerto Rico (curated by Maria Arlette de la Serna) Contemporary Macedonian Artists, Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria Young Visual Artist Award YVAA Denes, City Museum, Skopje, Macedonia Identitetet, Kosovo Art Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo Identities, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (curated by Mira Gacina) 2008 DLUM Annual Exhibition, City Museum, Skopje, Macedonia MFA Exhibition, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, USA Kargart Uluslararasi Video Festivali, Istanbul, Turkey Borderlands, South Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle, USA Trajectories, WooLoo New Life Gallery, Berlin, Germany (curated by Sixten Kai Nielsen and Martin Rosengaard) 2007 30 Macedonian artists, Culture Center Ohrid, Macedonia 2006 Alpan International, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, Long Island, NY (Juror: Donald Kuspit, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Art History, Philosophy, State University of New York, USA) Open Studio, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, USA Multimedia Cultural Center Dialma Ruggiero, La Spezia, Italy EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES - SOLO 2017 Theoria, National Gallery, Skopje, Macedonia 2015 Translating Hong Kong, CCA Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China SAR 2011 Working Conversation:Performance Lecture, SOHOinOttakring and Thyssen-Bornemisza 21 Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (with Victoria Hindley) 2010 By Way of Introduction, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland (OR) 2010 Portrait of the Artist as a Cultural Worker, public performance, City Square, Skopje, Macedonia 2008 Abstract Politics, Tocka Culture Center, Skopje, Macedonia 2007 The Border, Tocka Culture Center, Skopje, Macedonia 2007 The Border, Il Ramo D’Oro – Napoli, Italy (with Michele D’Alterio, IT) 2007 National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia 2006 Hush, Gallery24, Berlin, Germany 2006 Culture Center Grigor Prlicev, Ohrid, Macedonia 2006 Hush, Gallery Twenty-four, Paris, France 2005 Hush, Tocka Culture Center Skopje, Macedonia 2004 Culture Center Marko Cepenkov, Prilep, Macedonia 2003Journey of Desire, Tocka Culture Center, Skopje, Macedonia LECTURES AND TALKS 2016 Artist Talk: Zoran Poposki, Slovenski Trg - Oder, Ptuj, Slovenia 2015 Memento: Visual Memory and Monumental Amnesia, Faculty of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong 2015 Invited Guest Speaker: Translating Hong Kong, Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong 2015 Visualizing memory and history: a multimedia translation of Dung Kai-cheung's Atlas, English Language and Literature Department, Hong Kong Baptist University 2013 Translation and Transcoding in Contemporary Artistic Practice, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education 2012 Art in Translation (Translation Seminar Series), Centre for Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 2012 Making Public: Civic Art and Public Discourse (OxTalk), Ox Warehouse, Macau, China 2012Artistic Praxis as the Open Pursuit of Questions (in Place of Conclusions): A Transdisciplinary Colloquium, Institut für künstlerische Forschung, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) "Konrad Wolf," Potsdam - Babelsberg, Germany (with Victoria Hindley) 2011 Spaces of Power, Art Stays Summer Academy of Contemporary Art, Dom Kulture, Ptuj, Slovenia 2011 Architecture of a Divided City, Panel, Museum of the City of Skopje 2010 Art and Social Practice, MFA Art and Social Practice, Portland State University, Portland 2010 Beyond Relational Aesthetics, MFA CAP/Studio, Portland State University, Portland 2010 Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia 2010 Truth-telling: Public Art as Parrhesia, TransartCollective, Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany 2010 Usurpation-Public Space-(Re)Contextualisation, City Museum, Skopje 2009 Art-Text-Discourse,Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Philology, Skopje University AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES 2016 Juried winner: ArtSlant 9th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase [jury: Chelsea Guerdat (Director of Operations, Apexart), Andrew Lee (Assistant Director, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York), and Agustina Ferreyra (director and owner, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan] 2016 57th Venice Biennale, Macedonian National Pavilion (shortlisted) 2013 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, USA 2011 DAAD/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität ProArt Scholarship, München, Germany 2010 CEC ArtsLink Award, New York 2010 DIA Beacon, New York, USA, residency 2009 Young Visual Artist Award DENES 09, Contemporary Art Center Skopje & Civil Society Foundation New York (finalist) 2009 iD+consonni Sondika 09, Spain – Special Mention/Z+E+M Collective 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje Best Young Artist Award (shortlisted) 2009 Publication Grant (Monograph), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia 2008 WOOLOO, Berlin, Germany, residency 2007/08 Foundation M Scholarship Award, Austria 2007 National Fellowship for Talented Young Artists, Ministry of Culture of R Macedonia OTHER 2017 Featured in The Guardian's Outside the Box, chosen by Tate Modern photography curator Shoair Mavlian 2016 Winner, 1st Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Drawing 2015 Featured in The Guardian's Art about Human Consciousness, chosen by Wellcome Collection curator Emily Sargent 2015 Featured in The Guardian's In the flesh, chosen by Tate curator Flavia Frigeri 2015 Winner, 6th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Drawing 2015 Winner, 4th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Abstract 2014 Winner, 6th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Abstract 2014 Winner, 5th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Abstract 2012 Winner, Artslant Artist Showcase: Mixed Media 2009 Saatchi Online Top 10 New Media Artists 2007 Best of 123Soho 2007 Art Show, 123soho.com 2006 Digital Color Artist of the Month, digitalconsciousness.com