BOJANA STAMENKOVIC

My name is Bojana Stamenković, I was born on 2nd April 1986 in Čačak, Serbia and for the past three years I have been working and living in Vienna.

I’m a visual artist, cultural worker, and activist in the field of women's rights and cultural awakening in underdeveloped areas. After an extensive experience in the NGO sector of the Serbian culture scene, I’m currently studying and working in the management team for the post-graduate master program ecm - educating/curating/managing at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 2012 I’m also a PhD student at the University of Arts in Belgrade, focusing on a participatory feminist project in the field of visual arts. One intensive output I got was at the International Summer Academy Salzburg in 2009 with the training in the field of performances and video art, within the workshop-media-installation-performance in the class of prof. Gulsun Karamustafa, where I received a grant from KulturKontakt Austria. Two years after this program I received a scholarship and went to the photography workshop at the Summer Academy program in Traunkirchen with the artist Eva Schlegel.

With my colleague Jelena Fužinato (BiH, Berlin) I founded the artistic group Rouge (http://rouge-artgroup.com) in 2011, in which we examine the issues of gender, the status of women, identity, and the field of labor migration. We both graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, department of painting, with a graduation project in the field of contemporary visual practices, both with very striking feminist themes in ours works, which led to us working together.

Out of the need for activism and changes in society, I also founded the NGO with the name “The Cultural Center Elevator” (http://www.kclift.org) with friends in my hometown Čačak in Serbia. Dealing with culture in a small and underdeveloped town, lead to collaborations with the culture independent sector in the whole country, the platform for it being the Association Independent Culture Scene of Serbia (http://www.nezavisnakultura.net/index.php/en/).

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