Jovana Komnenić

Jovana Komnenić is artist and art educator, born in 1981 in Pančevo, Serbia. Since 2009 she lives and works in Berlin and Pančevo.
She practices art in a variety of media, and her research focusses on the subject of the ‘invisible yet present’. She works on the translation between different media or different perceptual perspectives, individually or in groups with art professionals and amateurs, those of different backgrounds and diverse (perceptual) abilities esp. visually-impaired people, rethinking the ways of perceiving, exchanging, connecting and creating on a personal and social level.
Her activities also include participatory art mediation and inclusion within the artistic field, having worked with museums, galleries, societies and educational centres, amongst others NGBK, Berlin Biennale, Akademie der Künste, National Museums in Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Machmit Museum für Kinder and Faculty of Fine Arts Ljubljana.

Since 2013 | PhD Program at the Institute of History and Theory of Design on the University of Arts Berlin, in the field of Aesthetic Theory
2011 | Master of Art in Context from the University of Arts Berlin
2005 | Diploma in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade
2003/2004 | guest student of Painting and multimedia arts at Academy of Fine Arts in Venice

Grants and Scholarships
2016 | Artist residency, New Media Society, Teheran
2014 | KunstKommunikation artist residency grant at Denkmal Atelier Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst for the project Die Auflösung des Sehens, collaboration with Dirk Sorge
2014 | Project grant by Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) for production of a tactile map with audio output, collaboration with Dirk Sorge
2009-2011 | Heinrich-Böll Stiftung 
2003/2004 | Italian Government Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions
2014 | Die Auflösung des Sehens (The Resolution of Sight) collaboration with Dirk Sorge, Project grant KunstKommunikation 14, DA - Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst
2009 | You haven't seen all my darkness yet! MkM, Belgrade
2008 | The Book of Dreams, Gallery DKSG, Belgrade
2008 | The Book of Dreams, Elektrika Gallery, Pančevo
2005 | Ich sah das trotzdem ich blind war, Dvorište Gallery, Pančevo
2002 | An Offering to Memory, Aprilski susreti, SKC (Studentenkulturzentrum), Belgrade

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 | All Other Passports, New Media Society, Teheran
2016 | All Other Passports, Platforms Project at Art-Athina, Parkingalery Teheran
2016 | Full House, DA - Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst
2016 | World is on fire, Neurotitan, Berlin
2015 | Sinn Licht, Schillerpalais, Berlin 
2014 | 16. Art Biennal, Cultural Center Pančevo
2013 | The October Salon, Cultural Centre of Belgrade
2012 | Arrivi e partenze, Galerie Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona
2012 | Bring In Take Out Living Archive, Gallery Alkatraz, Metelkova mesto, Ljubljana
2011 | Landinstitut, Finnland Institut Berlin
2011 | Aus dem Kontext, University of Arts Berlin
2010 | Captures, Cultural Center Pančevo
2010 | Construct – Constructed / Selbstgemacht – Hausgemacht - Fremdgemacht, Universal Cube, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
2010 | décothèque, Besançon
2009 | Amsterdam Biennale, Mediamatic BANK, Amsterdam
2009 | Balkanic Art Inspirations, Melenia Art Gallery, Bukarest
2008 | 13. Art Biennal, Cultural Center Pančevo
2008 | Night of the Museums, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pančevo
2008 | Fantom Fest, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pančevo
2007 | Fondazione Nenad Andrić, A+A Gallery, Venice
2006 | Small Works, Gallery 402, New York City
2006 | Pinned to the Wall, Gallery 402, New York City
2006 | Lighthouses, Public Space, Old Greenwich
2005 | Subject 5 vol. 2, BIGZ, Belgrade, Serbia

Educational and Inclusive Projects
2016 | Art teacher, Nahariya-Grundschule, Berlin
2016 | Presentation at the conference Neue Perspektiven und nun? Umsetzungsstrategien für ein inklusives Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, The National Museums in Berlin, Förderband e.V.
2015-16 | Research assistant, The National Museums in Berlin, conception and organization of the conference Inklusion ist schön
2015-16 | Direction of workshops on inclusive gallery education in Machmit Museum für Kinder, Berlinische Galerie and The National Museums in Berlin, project Neue Perspektiven 	gewinnen, Förderband e.V.
2015 | Presentation at the conference Inklusion ist schön, Hamburger Bahnhof, The National Museums in Berlin
2015 | Development of inclusive exhibition formats, working group The Art of Inclusion, Insider Art e.V. Berlin
2015 | Art teacher, Walter-Gropius-Schule, Berlin
2014 | Art teacher, Askanier-Grundschule, Berlin
2014 | Guided tour for blind and visually impaired people NACHTUNDNEBEL Art and Culture Festival, Berlin
2014 | Direction of the workshop for visually impaired and sighted participants Travel through the Surface of Things, Schillerpalais, Berlin
2014 | Development of an inclusive art educational format and direction of inclusive workshop for the exhibition lens-based sculpture. The transformation of sculpture through photography, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2014 | Moderation of discussion Who Is the Other? at AKTIV International Symposium, Ljubljana
2014 | Assistance on preparing guided tour for blind and visually impaired people for the exhibition of  Renée Sintenis in Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
2014 | Assistance on preparing guided tour for blind and visually impaired people for Villa Oppenheim - Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin
2013 | Workshop leader How to get involved with Art? 2, project AKTIV, International Centre of 	Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
2013 | Body ↔ Bilder workshop direction and exhibition between dimensions of touchable and visible for visually impaired and sighted participants, Schillerpalais, Berlin
2013 | Guided tour for blind and visually impaired people NACHTUNDNEBEL Art and Culture Festival, Berlin
2013 | Lesen! Mit uns von Anfang an dabei! Kunstworkshops with themes from children literature, ALEP e.V. Institut für außerschulisches Lernen und Erlebnispädagogik, Berlin
2012 | Workshop How to get involved with Art? in the project Cooperate, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana; 	Blindness and Visual Impairment Society, Maribor
2012 | Lecture about inclusive and participatory art education Perception as a tool - What’s this? at Faculty of Fine Arts Ljubljana; European Capital of Culture 2012, Maribor
2011 | Part of the curatorial group Spaceship Yugoslvia, The Suspension of Time Research- and exhibition project, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin
2010 | Werkzeug Wahrnehmung / Perception as a Tool, Art educational project with visually impaired colleagues on 6. Berlin Biennale for contemporary art
2010 | Moderation of the talk Werkzeug Wahrnehmung, event as a part of art educational program Rückkopplungen, 6. Berlin Biennale for contemporary art
2009 | Andersview, Workshop and exhibition curation with people with special needs, Galerie Art Cru Berlin