Who is Nada Prlja, the representative of Pavilion of N. Macedonia at La Biennale Arte 2019?


Nada Prlja graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and previously attained National High School of Fine Art both in Skopje, Macedonia. She obtained an MPhil research degree from the Royal College of Arts in London. She currently lives and works between London and Skopje.

Selected Biennales: 58th La Biennale di Venezia, 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2012), Manifesta 8, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia (2010), 5th Moscow Biennale (Film Program), Moscow (2013), IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo de Arte Contemporáneo, Chile and Argentina (2014 & 2015), 28th International Printmaking Biennale, Ljubljana (2009), etc.

Selected solo exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (2019 forthcoming & 2010), Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, DK (2017), FUTURA, Prague (2013), Lakeside Kunstraum, Klagenfurt (2010), MC Gallery, Zagreb (2009), National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje (2007), etc. Selected group exhibitions: Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (2018); White Cube, London (2013), Calvert 22 Foundation, London (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2013), Szuki Museum, Lodz (2011), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009), Hong-Gah National Museum, Taipei (2008), Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2008), etc.

Selected public presentations: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, ICA, INIVA, Tate Britain, University College of London (UCL), Goldsmith University, all in London; University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, etc.

Prlja’s main interest revolves around art in the public domain. Her recent public art interventions were for the 7th Berlin Biennale, in Berlin; ORF Funkhaus, Vienna; Marble Arch Gate, London, etc. The practice-based research thesis, entitled ‘‘Blurring the Boundaries between the Artist and the Viewer, as Conditioned by the Changing Concept of Art Space’, gained Prlja an MPhil Master of Philosophy of Arts diploma from the Royal College of Art, London.

Prlja initiated SIA gallery (Serious Interests Agency) with Daniel Serafimovski in 2014 in Skopje, with the aim of supporting and promoting creative and theoretical practices that are socially engaged and transformative, reflecting, amongst other themes, on the urban and cultural landscape of the city of Skopje. Prlja has been a senior lecturer and a visiting lecturer at various universities in London (Istituto Marangoni, London Metropolitan University, Cass College of Art, Architecture and Design, etc.) and was a board member of Open Space – Open System in Vienna.

Nada Prlja is also a mother of 20 year old stunning person and she is proud to have a real life partner and a companion.


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