As a curator for contemporary art, I always look out for new talents and interesting artists around the globe. Having the opportunity to be introduced to a selection of creatives is always a privilege and an extremely valuable source of knowledge and insight.

Simona Vidmar

Deputy Director & Senior Curator, UGM Maribor Art Gallery (SI)
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Simona Vidmar

“I see a portfolio review as a dialogue among equally equipped parties, with an opportunity to exchange experiences, points of views and working practices. My interest is always concept based practices and art practices dealing within a social-political context.”

Simona Vidmar (b. 1971, Slovenia) is currently employed as Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Umetnostna galerija Maribor/Maribor Art Gallery in Slovenia, where her major responsibility is to curate exhibition of national and international contemporary art and select and purchase art works for the gallery’s Video Art Collection.

After studying in Austria and Italy, she first started her career as Curator at her present institution, where she assisted at major national and international exhibitions and curated exhibitions, dealing mainly with new media, video, installation and sound. While studying Arts Management at City University in London (MA), she gained experience at different London art institutions and after returning back to Maribor Art Gallery, she was appointed her current position.

She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, presenting contemporary Slovene and international artists in Slovenia and abroad as well as produced several exhibition catalogues and contributed to specialized publications. In her projects, she has mainly researched the field of installation art, performance and video art.

In 2011-2012, she worked for European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 and was responsible for selecting, coordinating and managing international visual art projects. In 2015, she was Commissioner of the Pavilion of Slovenia at the 56th Venice Biennale. She regularly publishes articles and reviews in Slovene daily newspapers, art publications and magazines.

Currently, she works with BALTIC’s curator Alessandro Vincentelli on a new edition of EKO 8 International Triennial of Art and Environment (Maribor, 2021).

Photo: Peter Giodani

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