Vanja Smiljanić (Belgrade, Serbia 1986) is a visual and performance artist living and working between Lisbon and Cologne. She concluded the post-master in Artistic research at A.pass, Brussels (2015), MFA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Arnhem (2012), and Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (2019) and got a degree in Fine Arts at the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa (2009). In her practice she often utilizes the model of performance-lecture as a way to bridge fictitious and experiential universes, comprising technical apparatus, diagrams and sci-fi povera sculptures. Connecting otherwise unparalleled reality systems, Vanja's work attests the foundation of ideologies as alienated regimes, recurring to her own body as a vessel for narration, often shifting between the position of oracle and storyteller.
She has shown her work in various festivals and institutions e.g. HMKV Dortmund; Schauspiel Köln; Drodesera Performance Festival; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea Milano; New Talents Biennale Cologne; Parkour, Lisbon; de Appel, Amsterdam, etc.