Antonia Majaca

Antonia Majaca is an art historian and curator based in Berlin and Graz. She is the research leader of the long-term project ‘The Incomputable’ at the IZK, developed in collaboration with Goldsmiths University in London and the Department of Human and Social Sciences, at the University of Naples, ‘L’Orientale,’ funded by the Austrian National Science Fund (FWF).

‘Feminist Takes,’ her ongoing collaborative investigation, considers the relation between the Non-Western avant-garde cinema, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. Her edited volume ‘Feminist Takes: Early Works by Zelimir Zilnik,’ published by Tranzitdisplay Prague and Sternberg Press, has been released in July 2021.

Recently, she was one of the curators involved in the long-term project ‘Kanon Fragen’ at the HKW—Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), initiated by Anselm Franke. The edited volume ‘Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War’ (co-edited with Anselm Franke, Paz Guevara, and Nida Ghouse) was published in 2021. She has been a lecturer at DAI—Dutch Art Institute from 2018 until 2020. In the context of Documenta 14 in Athens—and in collaboration with Angela Dimitrakaki and Sanja Ivekovi—Majaca instigated a collective aural intervention ‘Art of The Possible: Towards the International Antifascist Feminist Front,’ and co-curated (with Dimitrakaki) the discursive program ‘Women’s Work in Revolt.’ Her curated conferences include ‘Knowledge Forms and Forming Knowledge—Limits and Horizons of Transdisciplinary Art-Based Research’ at the Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz and ‘Memorial For(u)ms—Histories of Possibility’ for DAAD and HAU—Hebel am Ufer Theater, Berlin. Her earlier curatorial work, largely developed in close collaboration with the art historian, theorist and curator Ivana Bago, engaged in discursive, exhibition, and publishing projects at the intersection of art history, political and cultural theory, and the sphere of contemporary art production. Bago and Majaca jointly developed several long-term research and exhibition projects including ‘Exposures’—centered around the anti-essentialist notion of community and the Yugoslav wars—and ‘Removed From the Crowd’—exploring artistic and political practices of historical conceptualism in Socialist Eastern Europe and the Global South. Majaca contributed to books, exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and art magazines including Documenta 14, E-flux Journal, Nervöse Systeme, Documentary Across Disciplines, Was ist Kunst?, among others. She regularly speaks in art and academic contexts such as El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo—MUAC, Mexico City, Museum of Modern Art NYC, E-flux, Apexart, School of Visual Art NYC, Goldsmiths, Dutch Art Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Nottingham Contemporary, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, among others. Majaca studied Art History, Comparative Literature, Art and Politics in Zagreb and London and has been awarded scholarships and research grants from Goldsmiths College, Getty Foundation, Fundacion Cisner, FFAI foundation and others.