On November 1st 2013, Julia Draganović – the curator of the last Outdoor Gallery symposium in Gdansk and a jury member of the Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk competition – will become Director of the Kunsthalle Osnabruck in Germany.
“The Kunsthalle Osnabruck is a highly inspiring place for contemporary art. In the past twenty years the current Director André Lindhorst has done a successful job of planning and organizing exhibitions. This has positioned the Kunsthalle Osnabruck among the important and ground breaking places for contemporary art in Germany. I’m looking forward to working in this extraordinary but also challenging environment”, says incoming Director Draganović.
Draganović is interested in contemporary art’s potential to express and reflect today’s life and society. On the other hand, she emphasizes the value of artistic views of the alien and the unknown which sometimes turn out to be visionary. For Osnabruck, she will focus on a program that places local issues in a broader context. She wants to start her research with topics that connect characteristics and the history of Osnabruck with up-to-date debates in the international art world. Draganović will foster an international exchange of art production in Osnabruck. Being a member of the curatorial platform LaRete Art Projects will support her attempt to try out innovative methods of cooperation, knowledge production and exchange.
Julia Draganović is a German born curator for contemporary art whose interest is focused on social practices, new artistic strategies and new media art. She has curated shows in Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA and Taiwan. Her thematic shows include “The Enterprise of Art” at PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli 2008; “Footsteps into the Furture” at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan 2008 and “In What We Trust?” at Art Miami 2010. Draganović is member of the committee of the Outdoor Gallery in Gdansk (Poland), board member of No Longer Empty, New York, member of the Scientific Committee of Mudam, Luxembourg and together with Claudia Löffelholz founding member of the collective LaRete Art Projects. She conceptually developed and is currently curating the second edition of the International Award for Participatory Art launched by the Legislative Assembly of the Italian Region Emilia-Romagna. Institutional positions covered by Julia Draganović include Curator of the European Studio Program of the ACC Galerie and the City of Weimar, Germany (1999 -2003), Artistic Director of the Chelsea Art Museum New York (2005-2006) and of PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (2007-2009), curator for curatorial projects at Arte Fiera Art First Bologna 2010 -2012. Draganović is regularly lecturing on public art at the Curatorial Study Department of IED (European Design Institute) in Rome and at IULM (Free University of Languages and Communication) in Milan, Italy. On November 1st 2013, Julia Draganović will become Director of the Kunsthalle Osnabruck in Germany.