About me

Josip Zanki, PhD was born in Zadar on 14th March 1969. He grew up in the village of Privlaka, North West of Zadar. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1994 (class of Professor Miroslav Šutej) with a thesis entitled “Mysticism in the Artistic Practice of J. Beuys” and an experimental series of etchings New Machines, a remake of the research conducted by the Croatian renaissance scientist Faust Vrančić. Postgraduate Studies from the Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Zagreb he finished 2016, and presented doctoral thesis entitled “Anthropological Conceptualisation of the Space in Thangka Painting and Contemporary Art Practices“. Since 1986 he has been working on installations, performances, experimental film and video, research into graphic media and cultural anthropology. He received numerous prizes for his work. His involvement in archaeology has resulted in a collection of 200 prehistoric and mediaeval objects. He has realized numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. He taught in University of Zadar 2009 to 2016 and Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas 2016. Since December 2007 he is president of Croatian Artist Association, oldest association in Croatia and region, established 1868. Since 2011 he is member of European Cultural Parliament. Since 2017 he is teaching in Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He lives and works in Zagreb.

Selected group exhibition:

Memories, New Space Art Foundation, Hue, Vietnam, 2016
Sold Out, billboard art, Graz, 2016
Tramontana, Archivio Carlo Montanaro, Venezia – Galerija sveti Toma, Rovinj, 2016
Lithomania, Schau Fenster Gallery, Berlin, 2016
The Artist as Curator’s Art Vol. V, Schau Fenster Gallery, Berlin, 2015
Art Metamedia, Studentski centar – Zagreb, Kreuzberg Pavillon – Berlin, 2015
Nepokorena šuma i Radovan Ivšić, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, 2015
Räume zwischen Land und Wasser, Künstlerhaus, Wien, 2014
Beautiful Days 1914 – Or the Face of Poverty, Novi Sad, Graz, Zagreb, 2014
Gegensatze, Staatsministerium der Justiz und fur Europa, Dresden, 2013
Mirila: Nematerijalna kulturna baština, Galerija Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb, 2013
Incident II / Accident, Częstochowa Muzeum, Częstochowa, 2012
Osmoza, Halle 14 Spinneri, Leipzig, 2012
City 4 minute, designHalle, Graz, 2012
A Gift for Somerset, The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Somerset, 2012
Seventh Seal, St. Andra, Graz, 2011
My Grave, Coed hills rural art space, Cowbridge, 2010
Dogma, Galerija Bačva, Dom HDLU, Zagreb, 2009
Narančasti pas i druge priče, PSI, Studentski centar, Zagreb, 2009
11th Cairo Biennale, Horizon One Gallery, Cairo, 2008
Suvremena hrvatska umjetnost, Lighthouse gallery, Jaffa, 2007
Wegstrecken: Standpunkte – Arten des Bewegens, St. Lambrecht, 2006
Erben – eroberen, Inovation park, Graz, 2004
Pilot 04, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, 2004
Digging the Channel, Mobius Centre for Experimental Art, Boston, 2002
Superdownload, Mittelfest, Cividale, 2002
Calendar, Studio Tomasseo, Trst, 2002
Mutamenti / inganni, Scardavilla, Forli, 2001
Trace di grafica Croata, Galleria d arte contemporanea, Torre Pellice, 1995
Guernica Croatica, Arengario, Milano, 1991

Selected Solo Exhibition

University of the West of Scotland, Campus Paisley, Glasgow, 2016
Hero with Thousand Faces, with Ivan Fijolić and Martina Miholić, Galerie allerArt, Bludenz, 2016
Wittgenstein Mantra, Gallery 101, Kaunas, 2016
Between the Lines, with Angela Dwyer and Martin Raabenstein, Schau Fenster Gallery, Berlin, 2014
Gliptoteka HAZU, Zagreb, 2010
Galerija Kosača, Mostar, 2008
Chopor horda, Pečuh, 2007
Violin factory, London, 2004
Galerie sur Cour, Paris, 2004
Il gioco fiorentino, Studio Tomasseo, Trieste, 2003
Mirila (with Bojan Gagić), Galeria Neon, Bologna, Studio Tomasseo, Trieste, 2001
Galerija 36, Kiev, 1999
Museum of eastern and western art, Odessa, 1998
Galerija Gradec, Zagreb, 1998

Residential Programs

Sold Out – Antipropaganda Labor, Quartier Leech, Graz, 2015
Internacionalna umjetnička kolonija Počitelj, Počitelj, 2013.
1st International Confrotations of Academic Artistic Ateliers, Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, Hucisko, 2012
Form of Creation, Jan Długosz University in Czestohowa, Hucisko, 2012
One-sided Story, Halle 14 Spinneri, Leipzig, 2012
Dosegnute utopije, Dhramshala, 2011
Heimat – As tide, Austria, 2008
Cite international des arts, Paris, 2004

Conference and Lecture

„The Consecration of Space and Ritual Practice in Contemporary Art“, Faculty of Art & Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2016
Department of Contemporary Art, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, 2016
„Spatiality and Consecration of the Space: Ritual Practice in Contemporary Art“, meer teilen : share more, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Kartause Ittingen, Warth, 2016.
„Ritual Practice in Contemporary Art“, Interstices II: Image/Sound, keynote speaker, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 2016
„Embodiment and Gender: Constructing Balkan Masculinities“, Ritual Year 10, Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, 2014
Institute of Fine Arts, Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, Częstochowa, 2014
„Mirila“, Interstices, keynote speaker, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 2014
„The Stone Flower in Pannonia“, War in Visual Art, University College Cork, Cork, 2013
„Individual Utopia II, Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, 2013
„Rebellion, the Secret Society Dinner and Theory of the Other“, Knowing Ways, North Edinburgh Art Centre, Amnesty international, Edinburgh, 2011

Published Books and Essays

Coding Follies: Ruins and the Thirdspace, Katarzyna Kosmala and josip Zanki, ed. Folie projekt, Zagreb, 2016
Slika i mit: Umjetnička djela u postindustrijskom dobu, Sveučilište u Zadru, Zadar, 2015
„Embodiment and Gender: Constructing Balkan Masculinities“, Ritual Year 10: Magic in Rituals and Ritual in Magic, Tatiana Minniyakhmetova and Kamila Velkoborská, ed. ELM Scholarly Press, Innsbruck, Tartu, 2015, pp. 422–430.
„De/constructing Balkan Masculinities: Local Tradition and Gender Representation in Video Installation Art in the Region“, Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe, Katarzyna Kosmala, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne. 2014, pp. 55–85.
“The Stone Flower in Pannonia: Collective Trauma, Memory, and War“, Art Inquiry, 15/24, 2013, pp. 107–123.
“Individual utopia”, Every Curator’s Handbook, Anne Klontz, Karen MacDonald and Yulia Usova, ed. CD, Perfect Art Institution, 2012, pp. 64–67.
Velebit , Alps, Black Mountains. Organization of the Society Organization of the Mountains, project authors Josip Zanki and Luise Kloos, next – Verein für Blidende Kunst, Graz – Arternativa, Zagreb, 2011.
Mirila: Dokumentacija performansa 2001. – 2008., Bojan Gagić and Josip Zanki, Fraktura, Zaprešić, 2009
Grafike i crteži, Profil, Zagreb, 2005
Mirila, Muzej Mimara, Zagreb, 2002