Velimir Žernovski

Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.
Currently, he is postgraduate student at the Department of Cultural Studies at "Euro-Balkan" Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research in Skopje.

He realized solo exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad: New York (2010, 2012), Paris (2011), Vienna (2009, 2011), Freiburg (2009), Skopje (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012); he took part in group exhibitions in Slovenia, Kosovo, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Macedonia, Turkey and USA. He curated and co-curated several projects and exhibitions and participated in many international projects and collaborations.

He was working as a curatorial assistant at press to exit project space-special project of the Swiss Cultural Program in Macedonia, currently working as a researcher at University Euro-Balkan and actively participating in the program of The Coalition "Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities".
From 2008 Zernovski is co-founder and president of FRIK Cultural Initiatives development Formation, organization which is working on motivation of socially engaged art production and society democratization, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.

Through the media of drawings, videos, installations, object installations in public space, writing and publishing artist books he is exploring notions of identity, urbanity and popular culture as well as sexuality and gender identity.Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.
Currently, he is postgraduate student at the Department of Cultural Studies at “Euro-Balkan” Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research in Skopje.

He realized solo exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad: New York (2010, 2012), Paris (2011), Vienna (2009, 2011), Freiburg (2009), Skopje (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012); he took part in group exhibitions in Slovenia, Kosovo, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Macedonia, Turkey and USA. He curated and co-curated several projects and exhibitions and participated in many international projects and collaborations.

He was working as a curatorial assistant at press to exit project space-special project of the Swiss Cultural Program in Macedonia, currently working as a researcher at University Euro-Balkan and actively participating in the program of The Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities”.
From 2008 Zernovski is co-founder and president of FRIK Cultural Initiatives development Formation, organization which is working on motivation of socially engaged art production and society democratization, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.

Through the media of drawings, videos, installations, object installations in public space, writing and publishing artist books he is exploring notions of identity, urbanity and popular culture as well as sexuality and gender identity.Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.

Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.
Currently, he is postgraduate student at the Department of Cultural Studies at "Euro-Balkan" Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research in Skopje.

He realized solo exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad: New York (2010, 2012), Paris (2011), Vienna (2009, 2011), Freiburg (2009), Skopje (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012); he took part in group exhibitions in Slovenia, Kosovo, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Macedonia, Turkey and USA. He curated and co-curated several projects and exhibitions and participated in many international projects and collaborations.

He was working as a curatorial assistant at press to exit project space-special project of the Swiss Cultural Program in Macedonia, currently working as a researcher at University Euro-Balkan and actively participating in the program of The Coalition "Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities".
From 2008 Zernovski is co-founder and president of FRIK Cultural Initiatives development Formation, organization which is working on motivation of socially engaged art production and society democratization, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.

Through the media of drawings, videos, installations, object installations in public space, writing and publishing artist books he is exploring notions of identity, urbanity and popular culture as well as sexuality and gender identity.Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.
Currently, he is postgraduate student at the Department of Cultural Studies at “Euro-Balkan” Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research in Skopje.

He realized solo exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad: New York (2010, 2012), Paris (2011), Vienna (2009, 2011), Freiburg (2009), Skopje (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012); he took part in group exhibitions in Slovenia, Kosovo, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Macedonia, Turkey and USA. He curated and co-curated several projects and exhibitions and participated in many international projects and collaborations.

He was working as a curatorial assistant at press to exit project space-special project of the Swiss Cultural Program in Macedonia, currently working as a researcher at University Euro-Balkan and actively participating in the program of The Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities”.
From 2008 Zernovski is co-founder and president of FRIK Cultural Initiatives development Formation, organization which is working on motivation of socially engaged art production and society democratization, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.

Through the media of drawings, videos, installations, object installations in public space, writing and publishing artist books he is exploring notions of identity, urbanity and popular culture as well as sexuality and gender identity.Graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje.

Education

CURENT, Master Studies / Department of Cultural Studies at “Euro-Balkan” Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Skopje, Macedonia http://www.euba.edu.mk/department-for-postgraduate-studies-419.html

2005 May, B.F.A. Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, Macedonia http://www.ukim.edu.mk/en_struktura_contact.php?inst=20

1996 - 2000, School of Applied Arts, Skopje, Macedonia

Residences

2010, Kultur kontakt, Vienna, Austria

2013, International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP, New York, New York

Awards

2009,Biennale of Young Artists, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Skopje, Macedonia 

2012, DENES award, Skopje, Macedonia

Workshops / Non-formal education

2009 – 2010, DESCHOOLING CLASSROOM (o^o) / TkH Belgrade & Kontrapunkt, Skopje http://tkh-generator.net / http://kontrapunkt-mk.org

2009 May, Urban space and memory, Cultural Center “Tocka”, Skopje, Macedonia (workshop)

2008 September, Remapping Skopje, Cultural Center “Tocka”, supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Germany, Skopje (workshop)

2007 September,  Curatorial translations, Visual and Research Centre, Euro Balkan Institute, project initiated by Suzana Milevska (Curator and theoretician) Skopje, Macedonia (workshop) http://www.curatorialtranslation.blogspot.com/

Solo exhibitions

2013 September, All Beauty Must Die, Project on billboards in public space on the occasion of The Macedonian Independence day 8th of September. Supported by Coalition SHRMC and Open Societies Foundation New York.http://coalition.org.mk/2013/09/proekt-seta-ubavina-mora-da-umre-velimir-zernovski-2013/?lang=en   

2012 November, Exhibition at Open Studios, International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP New York, New York

2012 Jun, The Distitled, (awarded exhibition with DENES award), Suli An, Skopje, Macedonia

2010 April, Alice, Remixed? – MC Gallery, New York, USA

2010 December, Alice, What Else is Out There? – Museum of Contemporary Arts Skopje, Macedonia (curated by Mira Gakina) http://www.msuskopje.org.mk/msu.php?mode=exh&mid=1&id=1&exhid=92

2010 November, Transformemories – Art`est gallery, Paris, France

2010 May, Welcome to Skopje #2 - open performance and building of artist book at Mala Galerija, Skopje, Macedonia

2010 January, In the Third Picture, ARTPOINT Gallery, Vienna

2009 June, ECDC 2009, for the project Skopje - Freiburg 009, E – Werk, Freiburg, Germany (Curated by Ksenija Cockova)

2009 May, Launch of the artist book “Full color in black and white” and textual installation together with Slavco Dimitrov, Cultural Center CK, Skopje, Macedonia http://www.cdathouse.org.mk

2008 June, Launch of the “Book of love and similar things” and exhibition, Museum of the city of Skopje, Macedonia

2007 December, Waiting for the night, Cultural Centre CK, Skopje, Macedonia http://www.cdathouse.org.mk

2006 August, EDEN 2006, press to exit project space, (site specific) office and residency space, for the long term project Lost Highway Expedition initiated by Marjetica Potrc and Kyong Park, Skopje, Macedonia http://www.presstoexit.org.mk

Group exhibitions (selection)

2011 June, Comics Make Art - Art Makes Comics Künstler machen Comics - Comics werden Kunst, Gallery Erns Hilger, Vienna, Austria http://www.hilger.at/827_DE.61479256b61b8db10c996e6a08d649a61bc09f036

2011 May, 255 804 km² Young art from the former Yugoslavia, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria (Curated by Alenka Gregoric and Mateja Podlesnik) http://www.brotkunsthalle.com/

2011 April, The Invisible Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Skopje, Macedonia (curated by Marika Bocvarova Plavevska) http://www.msuskopje.org.mk/msu.php?mode=exh&mid=1&id=1&exhid=98

2010 September, Synoptic Visionaudial Art Meeting 15-30 September, Pécs, Hungary (curatede by Szolga Hajnal)

2010 July, 255 804 km2 at Mestna Galerija Ljubljana (Curated by Alenka Gregorič / Co-curated by Mateja Podlesnik) Ljubljana, Slovenia http://www.mestna-galerija.si/razstava.asp?st=435

2009 September, Project Indigo Drawings, for the exhibition Sinestezija, Vienne, Austria / Rim, Italy / Belgrade, Serbia (curated by Viktorija Vaseva Dimeska, MOCA Skopje) http://www.msuskopje.org.mk/msu.php?mode=exh&mid=1&id=1&exhid=65

2009 September, Project Time Rhapsody – Instalation for the exhibition Climate Change = Culture Change, Skopje / The Embassy of Switzerland in Macedonia and World Bank

2009 July, Transforma, project of the seven curators from the Robert Bosch Foundation, "kulturmanager aus suedosteuropa" in collaboration with Thalia theatre, Hale, Germany

2009 February, (first prize) at the Biennale of Young Artists, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Skopje, Macedonia

2008 October, Independent Drawing Gig 4, alternative space, Skopje, Macedonia (curated by Velimir Zernovski)

2008 August, AKTO – Contemporary Art Festival, Bitola, Macedonia

2008 February, Project (or) Art fair, Platform for Contemporary Art Spaces, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2007 September, Independent Drawing Gig 3, Den Haag, Zuid Holland, Netherlands

2007 August, Lost Highway Exhibition, Skuc gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (curated by Alenka Gregoric)

2007 January, Happy people (video,15 min), ATITUDE festival for short and experimental film, Center for Contemporary Public Art – ELEMENTI & International Art Expo (Italy), Magaza gallery, Bitola, Macedonia

2007 May, Denes - Nomination for Best Young Visual Artist, Museum of contemporary art, Center for Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia

2007 May, Drunk on Dreams, Fruehsorge - Galerie für Zeichnung, Berlin, Germany, (curated by Bjorn Hegardt and Yane Calovski)

2006 October, Independent Drawing Gig vol.2 Museum of contemporary art, Skopje, Macedonia, (curated by Linas Jablonskis and Yane Calovski)

2005 January, 25th Anniversary Exhibition of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chifte amam - National gallery of Macedonia, Skopje

2005 October, Welcome to Skopje - White Nights Festival, Youth-Cultural Center, Skopje, Macedonia

Presentations / Lectures

2012 May, Panel discussion at the SUBVERSIVE FESTIVAL (Queer movement at the beginning of the 90`s), Zagreb, Croatia

2012 April, Art is possible only when it speaks, CULBURB Conference, Museum of  Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenija

2011 June, ART AS VOICE, presentation at the Summer School Ohrid 2011 on Dialectical interdependences of theory and practice in feminism, Euro Balkan Institute, Ohrid, Macedonia

2010 June, Presentation on Macedonian Queer art and activism at the Summer Colloquia 2010 on Epistemologies in Social Sceinces and Humanities for the Gender Studies, Euro Balkan Institute, Ohrid, Macedonia ( (together with Slavco Dimitrov)

2010 March, Lecture on Macedonian contemporary art scene at Höhere Bundeslehranstalt für wirtschaftliche Berufe, Vienna, Austria

2007 September, Translational Relations between Curatorial Concepts and Art Works, presentation in Mala Stanica, National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje (together with Elena Veljanovska, Svetlana Kuyumjieva, Vladimir Jancevski )

2007 March, Travel Research on Contemporary Art Scene in the Netherlands, presentation in press to exit project space, Skopje, Macedonia (together with Aleksandra Petrusevska and Liljana Pesovska)

Publications and magazines

2010 December, Turning Macedonia’s Fearful World Into Art, BALKANINSIGHT, http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/turning-macedonia-s-fearful-world-into-art

2010 December, Identifications (artist portrait) text by Dejan Budjevac, Porta 3, Skopje, Macedonia

2010 March, On cities, light and identity, text by Alexander Lass for Art Magazine Kunst- Informationsgesellschaft m.b.H. Breite Gasse 17/4, 1070 Wien

2010 March, Kulturkontakt magazine, Director Gerhard Kowar, Print REMAprint Austria

2010 March, Gay Art!? On line issue by Nebojsha Vilic, published by 359º Skopje, Macedonia

2009 June, Geschichlchten der Enge critique for the work ECDC 2009, for the project Skopje - Freiburg 009, E – Werk, Freiburg, by Urlike Duwell for the Badische Zeitung, Freiburg

2009 May, Full color in black and white, Artist Book by Velimir Zernovski, printing 2-ri Avgust S, Stip, Macedonia, published by the artist

2008 May, Book of love and similar things, Artist Book by Velimir Zernovski, printing Libris Grafika, Skopje, Macedonia, published by the artist

2007, Lost Highway Expedition - Photobook

2007 May, FUKT & D, D is for drawing and FUKT a magazine for contemporary drawing, collaborative issue by Yane Calovski and Bjorn Hegardt, Data Pons

2006 October, From Kosovo to Kaliningrad: Part 1, Aaron Moulton, FLESH ART

2006 September, Welcome to Skopje - post cards edition, AGREGAT/ KONTRAPUNCT, Kliment Ohridski 15, Skopje, Macedonia

Other professional activities

2011 April, Logo design for the Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized communities” Skopje, Macedonia

2011 March, Creating of a Balkan Artists Data Base, for the “Euro-Balkan” Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Skopje, Macedonia

2009 October, curator of the project Skopje is not a Thriller (exhibition and publication on new development of the city of Skopje) in frames of the project "On the public table, wall, floor: Artistic and curatorial collaborative investigations"

2008 October, curator for: Independent Drawing Gig 4 (Skopje edition), www.indiedrawingsgig.com alternative space, Skopje, Macedonia

2008 June (to present), Co - founder and President of F.R.I.K. Cultural Initiatives Development Formation, www.myspace.com/frikaktion; www.frik.mk Skopje, Macedonia

2008 March, logo design for PIRASTRO, organization for performing arts, Skopje, Macedonia

2007 October, design for the poster for Love is Love festival, (Queer Square Skopje 2007)

2006 August – 2008 January, curatorial and gallery assistant at press to exit project space, special project of Swiss Cultural Program Prohelvetia, www.presstoexit.org.mk Skopje, Macedonia

2007 May, design for the book edition “Pregled” published by MASSO – Macedonian Association for Free Sexual Orientation

2007 January, Travel Research on Contemporary Art Scene in the Netherlands, supported by European Cultural Foundation

2006 December, logo design for MASSO – Macedonian Association for Free Sexual Orientation

2006 October, design for the poster for Independent drawing gig vol.2 for press to exit project space

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