Petra Mrsa

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Petra Mrsa


(1985, Rijeka) graduated Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Psychology at the UniversityDepartment of Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb. Her artworks are included in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, Rigo Galery, and the City Museum of Zagreb, and were exhibited at numerous solo and group shows. She has published artist books New School (Pazzini Editore) and Rehearsing family (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka). She worked as an assistant at the Hoxton Gallery in London and for the last five years has been employed as an assistant at the Department for photography at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. She was taking part in the postgraduate international art program  WHW Akademija run by curatorial collective What, How & for Whom/WHW in Zagreb. The primary field of her artistic work lies in researching the ways in which social norms shape the lives of individuals. Through direct experience and representation, she questions the mechanisms of socialization in the physical and virtual environment.


Selection of solo shows

2019 Are you sure you want to leave the game? Gallery Prozori, Zagreb, HR
2019 Killing, arranging, walking, Gallery Flora, Dubrovnik, HR
2019 Killing, arranging, walking, Gallery Spot, Zagreb, HR
2017 Changing conditions, changing minds, Expanded Media Gallery, Zagreb, HR
2017 Rehearsing family, Gradska galerija Labin, Labin, HR
2015 Rehearsing family, Art Workshop Lazareti, HR
2015 Rehearsing family, MKC Split, Split, HR
2015 Rehearsing family, Mali salon,  Museum of modern and contemporary art, Rijeka, HR
2014 Rehearsing family, Gallery Kranjčar, Zagreb, HR
2015 What do you see when you close your eyes?, Photo Gallery Lang, HR
2014 Balkans brides project, Petra Mrša, OKO i Martina Miholić,  Hoxton Gallery, London, UK
2013 Controlled displacement- photographic experiments, Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, HR
2013 New school, Savignano Immagini festival, Savignano sul Rubicone, IT
2012 New school, Gallery VN, Zagreb, HR
2012 Visual identities, Centralna postaja, Maribor, SI
2012 (Ir)replaceable, Gallery Waldinger, Osijek, HR
2012 (Ir)replaceable, Gallery KIC, Zagreb 

Selection of group shows

35. Salon mladih, Dom HDLU, Zagreb, HR
2020 Ganz nove perforacije Noć performansa, Zagreb, HR
2020 Finalisti Radoslav Putar award, Salon Galić, Split, HR
2020 11. Arterija – Međunarodni festival vizualnih umjetnosti, Spasimo ugrožene vrste, Muzej–Museo Lapidarium, Novigrad, HR
2020 La ville au second regard, Gallery Window, Paris, FR
019 What about the body? Gallery VN, Zagreb, HR
2019 United in Diversity Rijeka HR/Århus DK, DeltaLab, Rijeka, HR
2019 Women, (Be)coming, UGM Studio, Maribor, SI
2019 Open Nova, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, HR
2019 AIR, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT
2019 Midterm, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, HR
2018 Traces of Water, Galerija  Prsten, Zagreb, HR
2018 Museum Kunst+Wissen, Museum Kunst+Wissen, Diessenhofen, CH
2017 Last one out turn off the lights, Galerie L’inlassable, Paris, FR
2017 Fine del nuovo: Compra, vendi, compra, vendi…,Villa Di Toppo Florio, Udine, IT
2016 Meer teilen: share more, Shedhalle in Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld, CH
2016 VIG SPECIAL INVITATION, Ringturm, Vienna, AT
2016 There is something about my family, FOTODOK, Utrecht, NL
2016 Different Worlds:Young Contemporary Photography, Foton- Center for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, SI
2015 Grad na drugi pogled, Museum of modern and contemporary art, Rijeka, HR
2014 24. Slavonski bijenale, Museum of  visual arts, Osijek, HR
2014 IS_land 2, Gallery Forum, Zagreb, Gliptoteka HAZU, Zagreb, MMC Luka, Pula, POGON Jedinstvo, Zagreb, HR
2014 Otočka karta 2, Zavičajni muzej, Zlarin, HR
2013 ESSL Art award, Museum of contemporary art, Zagreb, HR
2012 Un anno di portfolio, Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore di Bibbiena (CIFA), IT
2012 Ispit, Gallery SC, Zagreb, HR
2012 Fotografija industrije, Zagreb city museum, Zagreb, HR
2012 A personal gaze in a mutual splace, Savignano Immagini fest, Monte della Pieta, Savignano sul Rubicone, IT
2011 Kvartovska slika, Zagreb city museum, Zagreb, HR
2010 Rovinj Photodays – Finalisti, Museum of arts and crafts, Zagreb, HR

Awards/grants/residencies/professional experience

2018/ 2019 Postgraduate international art program WHW Akademija with the grant, HR
2018 Artist residency Factoria Cultural Aviles, Wom@arts project, ES
2018 Residency Kuberton, Museum Lapidarium and Galerie Krinzinger, HR, AT
2018 Residency, CreArt AiR Bluecoat Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, UK
2017 Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, FR
2017 Residency Spaces between land and water, organized by Silvia Maria Grossmann (Künstlerhaus, Vienna) and HDLU Zagreb, Lošinj, HR
2017 Initiator and organizer of international art workshop with public presentation “The island is our gallery”, HR
2016 Residency and grant for Buen vivir project curated by Harm Lux, CH
2014 – 2017 Author and realization of art workshops, talks and events taking place in: Hoxton gallery London, International school of Paris, Organ vida 2017- Open show Zagreb,
Museum of modern and contemporary art Rijeka, Foto klub Rijeka, Foto galerija Lang Samobor, Arhiv Tošo Dabac Zagreb, Academy of applied art Rijeka, Academy of Dramatic Arts Zagreb, Meštrović Pavilion Ring Gallery, HR
2014 – 2016 Assistant of Photography at Academy of applied art, HR
2014 – 2016 Couch for Art Photography in Private art gymnasium, HR
2015 Winner of the VIG special invitation, ESSL art award, HR
2014 Winner of the Ex aequo, 24. Slavonski biennale, HR
2014 Residency Punta arta – Otočka karta 2, curated by Marina Viculin, Zlarin, HR
2013 Residency and grant for realizing exhibition, IS_land II, curated by Saša Božić and Petra Hraščanec, HR
2013 Assistant at Hoxton gallery, London, UK
2012 Winner of the Best portfolio at Savignano Immagini Festival, IT
2012 Winner of the Special award for young authors at Rovinj Photodays, HR
2011 Winner of the Special award for young authors at Rovinj Photodays, HR
2005/2006 Winner of the Chancellor’s Award, University of Zagreb, HR



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