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Art historian Suzana Milevska wins the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory

Art historian, curator and theorist of visual art and culture, Suzana Milevska from Skopje, Macedonia, is the recipient of this year’s Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. Initiated and funded by ERSTE Foundation, the biennial award recognises outstanding cultural activities related to the Central and South Eastern European region.


Additionally, grants were given to the Berlin-based Slavicist Sabine Hänsgen; art historian and AICA-UK member Klara Kemp-Welch from London; and the European Roma Cultural Foundation, based in Budapest. The award ceremony was held in Warsaw at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art on 16 November, accompanied by a conference and presentation of the book Igor Zabel: Contemporary Art Theory
Suzana Milevska is honoured for her interdisciplinary approach to both theoretical and curatorial practices. Her work focuses on topics such as art in post-socialist and transitional societies, collaborative and participatory art practices, gender differences and feminist art, and the construction of visual memory in photographic archives, to name just a few areas. One of her most notable recent curatorial projects was The Renaming Machine (2008-2010), which focused on the politics of renaming and overwriting memory in politics, art and visual culture in general. In recent years, she has conducted in-depth research projects and prepared exhibitions, talks and symposiums on Roma issues, working mostly with Roma artists. Milevska also remains active in the local Macedonian art scene as a curator and theorist, where her work plays a vital role for the next generation of artists, theorists and curators. In this respect, the jury views her work as a continuation of the basic premises and principles embodied by the practice of Igor Zabel.


The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory supports the work of art historians and theorists in Central and South Eastern Europe and highlights the notion of arts and culture, encouraging the production of cultural knowledge and exchange between ‘East’ and ‘West.’