Unseen have announced the brilliant news that Marina Paulenka is joining them as Artistic Director. Lots of you will know Marina from FORMAT Festival here in the UK, or as the founder of Organ Vida festival in Croatia, and know that she’s a wonderful advocate for photography. We’re so excited that she’s going to be working in The Netherlands – even more reason to go there!
Unseen are proud to announce that Marina Paulenka, a photographer, independent curator, and founder and Artistic Director of International Photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb, Croatia, has been appointed the position of Artistic Director at Unseen. Marina will oversee all artistic activities, such as the main event Unseen Amsterdam, which takes place in September; Unseen Platform; Unseen Foundation; and the biannual Unseen Magazine.
‘I believe photography has the power to connect and boost international cultural exchange, communication and cooperation. It has the ability to change the way people look at the world and the problems of contemporary society, to shatter stereotypes, to foreground untold and marginalised stories, and to inspire us to observe reality more critically. I will channel my great passion for photography into my position as Artistic Director at Unseen, in contributing to the organisations continued growth, evolution, and further recognition,’ says Marina.
Marina’s professional and personal achievements reveal her commitment to bringing photography to a wider audience and developing the medium. At the age of 22 Marina founded the Photographic Association Organ Vida in Zagreb (HR) with the intention of organising events dedicated to photography, exhibitions and gatherings for artists. These events soon gave birth to the photography festival Organ Vida. Locally oriented at first, the event quickly took on an international character in response to the growing interest of the professional community. In 2019, after being the Artistic Director of Organ Vida for ten years, Marina received the Lucie Award for best curator / exhibition of the year. Marina holds a MA in Photography from the University of Zagreb and brings experience from curating exhibitions, teaching at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, and serving as a jury member, nominator and portfolio reviewer on numerous projects. As an artist working with photography herself, Marina knows the medium inside out.
Marina succeeds Emilia van Lynden who left Unseen after nearly six years to become an independent art consultant. Emilia will remain a valued part of Unseen as a member of the international Advisory Committee.
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