Jasmina Založnik, dramaturge, writer and producer / 

Paz Ponze, independent curator, writer & researcher of contemporary artistic creation /

Jovanka Popova curator in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje /

Mira Gakjina, senior curator at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Skopje  


Moderators: Biljana Tanurovska – Kjulavkovski and Slavco Dimitrov 



Jasmina Založnik is a dramaturge, publicist and producer primarily engaged in the field of contemporary dance. Over the last years, she has focused on recent histories of contemporary performing art and choreography, and their multiple relations to everyday life. She is interested in strategies of social politicization and emancipation. Her work is mainly developed in a dialogue with various colleagues, most often in close collaboration with Rok Vevar whit whom they are not only part of curatorial team of CoFestival, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia and its wider regional network but are coauthors of number of articles, and initiations of various forms of work. Založnik is also a member of the Dialogi and Maska editorial board and a steering committee of the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia. She holds a PhD in film and visual culture from the University of Aberdeen.


Jovanka Popova (1980, Skopje) is a curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje and curator and program coordinator at press to exit project space, organization for contemporary art and curatorial practices in Skopje. She is PHD candidate at Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University in Belgrade, Serbia. She completed her B.A. and M.A. at the Faculty of Philosophy, Institute for History of Art in Skopje, where she was a Teaching Assistant for the subject Macedonian Contemporary Art. She has curated exhibitions in the contemporary art field in Macedonia and worked on international curatorial projects. She was the curator of the North Macedonian Pavillion at 58 Venice Biennale in 2019. She has also presented her work at the Humboldt University, Central European University Budapest, Goethe University Frankfurt, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Kunst Historisches Institut, Florence, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts and other institutions. She was executive director of JADRO Association of the independent cultural scene, Macedonia and she is a president of the Macedonian Section of the AICA International Association of Art Critics.


Mira Gakjina (Skopje) is an art historian, art critic and senior curator at Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy (2010) and she received her PhD in Art Management on the subject “Management of the cultural institutions – case study MoCA Skopje” (2017). From 2006 till 2009 she was teaching assistant at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje on the subject „History and Theory of Art“. She has curated a number of exhibitions in the country and abroad and presented her work in New York, Chengdu, Taipei, Texas, Stockholm, Warsaw, Thessaloniki, Athens, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Pristina etc. She has published her writings  in publications, catalogues and art and culture books and magazines as “Large Glass”, “Art Republic”, “Brooklyn Rail”, “Plasticity of the Planet: On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions”, “From Consideration to Commitment: Art in Critical Confrontation to Society” among others.  She was curator in residence as part of the Prohelvetia Cultural program in Zurich, Bern and Geneva; Limiditi Temporary Art Project, Morocco; “Close connection”, curatorial program in Amsterdam; International Partnership among Museums program organized by the American Association of Museums at Weil Gallery – Texas etc.; She is the commissioner of the North Macedonian Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2019. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practices "Project Space Press Exit Skopje"; From 2013 till 2017 she served as a President of AICA Macedonia. From 2017 Gakjina is a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje.


Paz Ponce (Cádiz, 1985, Spain) is an independent curator, writer & researcher of contemporary artistic creation, actively involved in culture exchange networks between Asia, Europe and Latin America. With a background in art history (Universidad Complutense, Madrid / Freie Universität, Berlin), she investigates the collective context in which art is produced and mediated, with a special focus on self-organization, culture of cooperativism and biographical research. She specializes in the development of process-oriented formats such as archival and research exhibition projects, public events programs, art in residency projects, learning platforms and professional networks, collaborating with: NON Gallery, Galerie Wedding, Agora Collective e.V., ZK/U, 48 Neukölln, Uferstudios, nGbK Berlin — in Berlin; Casa Tomada (São Paulo, BR), B-Tours Festival (Tel Aviv, IR), Cinema Lumbardhi (Prizren, KV), Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín (LASA) & Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam (Havana, CU), Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay (Singapore, SG), Academy of the Arts (Szczecin, PL). Artistically she works with with Club Real devising participatory dramaturgies within contextual art projects (13 Havana Biennial, CU; Impulse Theater Festival, DE). She is an external research consultant for the Erasmus + program “Curating in Context (2019-21), and has published on contextual artistic practices in Cuba. Currently she is founder & co-director of neue häute e.V. project space at Uferstudios (Berlin-Wedding).


About the school:

International summer school Curating in Context is developed in order to respond to the challenges that the growing influence of the concepts of curating and curatorial posed in the contemporary art field, beyond the sphere of visual arts. It is related to the question of the curatorial and its extended understanding which goes beyond black or white box presentation and representation politics.

The program includes lectures, seminars, artists and curators’ talks, discussions and interviews, as well as production of curatorial works and co-curatorial publication.


The summer school is intended for:

Practitioners who would like to pursue their career as curators in the contemporary performing arts or through interdisciplinary approach, and who would like to critically address representation politics and develop curatorial methods related to practices of activism, self-organization and critical reflection.

Curating in Context began as an activity developed as part of the Erasmus + project Curating in context and its partners Tanzfabrik Berlin, Stockholm University of the Arts and University of Zagreb.



This year, the Summer School Curating in Context/2021 is part of a collaboration with Brain Store Project in frame of Performance Situation Room activity of Life Long Burning project, and it is supported by the Ministry of culture, City of Skopje and Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

Curating in Context is co-curated by Biljana Tanurovska–Kjulavkovski and Slavcho Dimitrov.

Lokomotiva team: program director Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, project manager Blagica Petrovska, program coordinators are Zorica Zafirovska and Kristina Todoroska Petreska, administrator Gjurgjica Hristovska and PR Dino Chupovski.


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