Ana Dević

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Ana Dević is a curator based in Zagreb. She is interested in possibilities of the exhibition genre, educational collaborative processes and various cultural situations, in which as T. J. Clark defines it - “art and politics could not escape each other”. She is a doctoral candidate in history of art at University of Zadar with the topic of partisan artistic production and antifascist resistance during WWII. At Ma program in Visual Art and Curatorial studies at NABA, Milan she has been teaching a course on the history of exhibitions.

She is a member of curatorial collective What, how and from Whom/WHW formed in 1999. Its members are curators Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić, Sabina Sabolović and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić.  Since 2003 WHW collective has been running the program of Gallery Nova, a city-owned gallery in Zagreb. WHW launched in 2018 a new international study program for emerging artists WHW Akademija based in Zagreb. 

In 2019 members of WHW Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović were appointed as artistic directors of Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, WHW collective activities continue in Zagreb coordinated by Ana Dević.

With WHW she co-curated numerous exhibitions, such as: Collective Creativity, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, 2005; What keeps mankind alive?; 11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2009, One Needs to Live Self-Confidently…Watching, Croatian pavilion at 54th Venice Biennial, 2011; and in recent years Everything we see could also be otherwise (My Sweet Little Lamb), The Showroom, London, (co-curated with Kathrin Rhomberg and Emily Pethick), 2017; On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants, 2nd Industrial Art Biennial, Istria region, Želimir Žilnik: Shadow Citizens, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, 2018.