Sandra Križić Roban PhD
Sandra Križić Roban graduated from the Departments of Art History and Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She holds a PhD in art history and is a critic, curator, and writer. She has been working at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb since 1992 and she acted as the editor-in-chief of the art journal Život umjetnosti (2000–2017).
Her research topics are contemporary art, history and theory of photography, post-war architecture, public space discourse, and contemporary war memorials in Croatia.
She was the Head of the project Postmedia and Non-institutional Art Practices from 1960s financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, within which she has organised two international conferences on contemporay arts, in collaboration with Leonida Kovač (Postmedia and Non-institutional Art Practices from the 60s Onwards, 2014; Constructions of Memory, 2015). In 2015, she organised an international conference on contemporay photography Methaphor of Baggage, as a part of the Rendez-vous Festival of French Culture in Croatia.
She has been teaching elective course “Culture of Memory – Memorial Sites, Monuments, Anti-monuments and Counter-monuments” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb from 2018. She has been teaching two elective courses for doctoral candidates at the Art History Postgraduate Studies, Department of Art History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split from 2010. From 2010 until 2018, she was teaching a core course “Modern Visual Art” at the Dutch Studies unit of the Department of German Language and Literature of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She was given the scientific-educational title of the Assistant Professor.
Together with her colleagues, she established Office for Photography in 2013, a non-profit association dedicated to contemporary photography. As a Head of the Office, she is responsible for the programe of Gallery Spot from 2014, curating several solo shows each year, and for the publishing projects. Her continuous research and addressing contemporary photography gave her an opportunity to be a partner on the project Forgotten Heritage – European Avant-Garde Art Online funded by the European Commission – the Creative Europe program (2016-2018), in collaboration with the Arton Foundation, Warsaw, KUMU Tallinn and Luca School of Art, Brussels.
Member of the Croatian Section of AICA. She received the Award of the Croatian Section of the AICA for Art Criticism (2006) and the Charter of the Croatian Society of Art Historians (2011).
She is the author of the only two comprehensive studies on contemporary photography and contemporary painting in Croatia: At Second Glance. The Positions of Contemporary Croatian Photography (2010), and Croatian Painting from 1945 until Today. Responsibility of Image at the Time of Impatient Look (2013). Recently she published two artists monographs Vlado Martek – Preparing for Photography (2018) and Hana Miletić – Street Photography (2016). She edited numerous books published by the Institute of Art History, Zagreb (most recently Postmedia and Non-institutional Art Practices from 1960s, with Leonida Kovač, 2017), and a few by the Office for Photography and Križić Roban Gallery.
In addition to the aforemetioned publications, she has published several comprehensive book chapters, scientific papers and catalogue essays, which include the following selection:
“Learning from Graz”, in: Christine Frisinghelli, Christiane Kuhlmann, Christina Penetsdorfer (eds.), Camera Austria International. Labor für Fotografie und Theorie, Specor Books, Leipzig & Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2019
“Protocol of Laugh. Elements of Humor in Proto- and Conceptual Croatian Photography”, in: Liesbeth Decan, Mieke Bleyen (eds.), Photography Performing Humor, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2019
“Text in Tension”, in: Vesna Mažuran (ed.), Anabel Zanze, Gliptotheque HAZU, Zagreb, 2019
“Nezaobilazan vizualni krajolik”, in: Irena Kraševac (ed.), 150 godina Hrvtaskog društva likovnih umjetnika, Zagreb: IPU & HDLU, 2018
“A Slit Through Photography. Innovative Strategies in Crotian Photography during the 1960s and 1970s”, in Photographies, 11 (2018)
“A Lost State of Plenitude. Commemorating the Homeland War in Public Spaces in Croatia”, in: Ann Murray (ed.), Constructing the Memory of War in Visual Culture since 1914. The Eye on War, New York: Routledge, 2018
“Displacement in the Art Space”, in: Juraj Belaj, Marijana Belaj, Siniša Krznar, Tajana Sekelj Ivančan, Tatjana Tkalčec (eds.), Sacralization of Landscape and Sacred Places, Zagreb: Institut za arheologiju, 2018
“Discontinuity and/or shelter? Monuments of the Homeland War in public space”, in: Željko Heimer, Marin Sabolović (eds.), Znanstveno-stručni skup Simbol, identitet i Domovinski rat : zbornik radova, Zagreb: Hrvatsko grboslovno i zastavoslovno društvo, 2016
“Attempting a Survey”, Archives, Re-Assemblances, and Surveys, Reinhard Braun (ed.), Camera Austria, Graz & Hrvatski fotosavez, Zagreb, 2014
“Placed on the Scale of History”, in: Elizabeth Vandeweghe, Gautier Platteau, Liz Wells (eds.), European Landscape Photography / Europäische Landschaftsfotografie, Bruxelles – München, Prestel Verlag, 2012
“Characteristics of Modernity in the Architecture, Urbanism, and Interior Design after the Second World War”, Socialism and Modernity. Art, Culture, Politics 1950–1974, Ljiljana Kolešnik (ed.), IPU&MSU, Zagreb, 2012 (co-author of the book and exhibition concept)
“Complex structures of contemporary artistic practice from the 80's until today”; Hrvatska umjetnost. Povijest i spomenici, Milan Pelc (ed.), IPU – Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 2010
She hosted a number of retrospective exhibitions, as well as extensive thematic exhibitions, both at home and abroad. Her active work as an art critic from 1986 to this day has resulted with more than a thousand two hundert critics, views, reviews, essays, and professional and scientific papers; in printed media as well as broadcasted on radio and television.
Selection of recent curatorial projects includes:
Anabel Zanze (Split, 2019; Zagreb, 2019); Jochen Lempert (with Maren Lübbke-Tidow, Zagreb, Beč, 2018); The Most Beautiful Place in the World – Contemporary Slovenian Photography (Zagreb, 2016; Osijek, 2017), Archives, Re-Assemblances, and Surveys – Contemporary Photography in Austria (with Reinhard Braun, Zagreb, 2014), and Zero Point of Meaning. Non-functional, Non-representational, Elementary, Experimental and Conceptual Photography in Croatia (Zagreb, 2011; Camera Austria, Graz, 2013).
“Prolonging Trauma: The Homeland War and Contemporary Croatian Photography”, Photographies and Conflict: Archiving & Consuming Images of Strife, 5th International Conference of Photography and Theory ICPT2018, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus, November 22–24, 2018
“Box, Suitcase, Museum – Photographic Records of Croatian Immigrants to the USA”, Photography, Migration and Cultural Encounters in America, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire – Dublin, June 20–22, 2018
“Not only on Women's Day – Women in Croatian Photography after the 1950'”, Revisiting Heritage, Warsaw National Museum & Fondacja Arton, Warsaw, 7 – 8 June 2018
“Experiments and Innovative Strategies in Croatian Photography during the 1960s and 1970s”, CAA Getty International Program, Los Angeles, February 19–23, 2018
“Experiment, concept, quest – three stories from Southeast Europe”, Fast Forward: Women in Photography, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 3-4, 2017
“A cut through photography. Innovative strategies in Croatian photography during the 1960s and 1970s”, Photographies Conference, London, May 18-19, 2017
“Counter-Monument to a Monument”, War, Revolution and Memory, Zagreb, February 17-18, 2017
“Elements of Humor in Proto- and Conceptual Photography in Croatia”, Photography Performing Humor, LUCA School of Arts, Brussel, April 13-14, 2016
“Betrayal of the Painting”, Neverending Painting, MSU, Zagreb, October 3-4, 2015
“The Age of Monuments: Sculptural, Architectural, Urbanistic, and Other Ways of Commemorating the Homeland War in Croatia”, War in Visual Arts, University Cork, Ireland, September 12-14, 2013
- Berlin, October–December 2000 (Goethe Institute, Akademie der Künste – Bauarchiv)
- Vienna, September–October 2003 (AICA – MuseumQuartier)
- Paris, November–December 2003 (Fondation Le Corbusier – as part of the Courant du monde program)
- Graz, November–December 2009 (Cultural studies scholarship by Styrian Provincial Government)
- Berlin, November 2013–January 2014 – DAAD, Akademie der Künste – Bauarchiv
- Paris, March 2015 (Maison de la photographie, Bibliotheque Kandinsky)
- Warsaw, Krakov, Łodz (May 2015)
- CAA Getty International Program, Los Angeles, February 2018.