Suzana Mileveska talks about Sworn Virgins


Suzana Milevska will be our guest for the next lecture – that will take place on December 5th.
This week’s program includes the screening of a short movie about the “Sworn Virgins” followed by a discussion of how women in northern Albania take an oath of celibacy and assume the position of the man in their families.

Suzana Milevska is a visual culture theorist and curator. She holds a Ph.D. in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College in London. She taught art history and analysis of styles at the Accademia Italiana Skopje and she was its Dean. She was the Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Research at the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje (2006 – 2008).

Suzana Milevska was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2004) and P. Getty Curatorial Research Fellow (2001). Her academic researching and curating interests include postcolonial critique of hegemonic power in art, the complex relations between gender theory and feminism(s) in art practices, socially engaged and participatory projects.
Since 1992 she curated over 70 international exhibitions, mostly committed to searching for new curatorial formats and models of presenting critical curatorial discourses and socially and politically engaged art practices. She was a national curator for the Macedonian artists’ participation at the Istanbul Biennale (1995, 1997 and 1999) and for the exhibition Cosmopolis – Thessaloniki Biennale (2004). She was a member of the Advisory Board at the Contemporary Art Museum in Kumamoto, Japan (2004/2005). In 2005, she curated the project ‘The Workers’ Club’ at the International Contemporary Art Biennial at the National Gallery in Prague. In 2008-2010 she curated the interdisciplinary curatorial project ‘The Renaming Machine’ that encompassed a series of exhibitions, discursive events, archives and a book. Her texts about the construction of national identity and gender difference in arts and visual culture of the Balkans have been included in many publications.
In 2012 she was awarded the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory by ERSTE Foundation. She is currently Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria.


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