Veronika Zajačiková’s curatorial practice refers to the possibility of an international dialogue through art. Her research is based in virtual reality and the true world, diverting people from an online reception of art to one related to our human nature. Zajačiková believes that without this expansion of experience people are degraded and impoverished in their humanity.
Zajačiková (born 1981 in Prague, Czech Republic) received a BA degree at Faculty of Arts – Theory and History of Art, Philosophical faculty, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. From September 2010 Zajačiková is an MA student in Curatorial Studies, Faculty of Art and Design, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. She is currently preparing an exhibition at Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. In 2010 she curated two solo shows of students from Academy of Fine Arts in Prague: Po druhé (For the Second Time), Klubovna 2.patro, Prague, CZ.
Residents from Czech Republic
Necmi Sönmez (born 1968 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Düsseldorf-based independent curator, art critic and writer. He studied Art History in Mainz, Germany; Paris, France; Newcastle, UK and Frankfurt, Germany where he earned a PhD with a thesis on Wolfgang Laib. From 1994 to 1997, Sönmez worked as an independent curator, initiating and organizing numerous exhibition projects, mainly involving young artists in Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands and France. From 2001 to 2005, he was a Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, where he organized exhibitions and projects with artists including Ayse Erkmen, Renée Levi, Martin Gostner, Reiner Ruthenbeck and Saâdane Hafif. From 2006 to 2008, Sönmez was artisticm director of the Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany, where he presented artists such as Gregor Schneider, Myriam Holme, Florian Bach, Martin Dammann and Anja Cuipka . Sönmez is currently a guest curator for the Lepsien Art Foundation in Düsseldorf and the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul.
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Residents from Turkey
Anton Terziev deals with various contemporary subjects, often with sharp irony. His iconography possesses harsh and critical imagery associated with a specific aestheticization of pain reflecting a common metaphor of governing power relationships in society. Terziev works with painting and objects, as well as in the field of performance. He also has published three books of modern poetry and urban novels. Part of his activity is associated with various actions in the public shere and many of his performances are part of the Ultrafuturo group activities.
Anton Terziev (born 1977) lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated in Ceramics from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. Terziev’s work has been shown atDonumenta, Regensburg, Germany; On difference 2, Stuttgart, Germany; and Presence of the body, Troy, NY.