Zoran Poposki (PhD, MFA) is an internationally acclaimed transdisciplinary artist, curator, and art educator based in Hong Kong.
Poposki explores cultural translation, liminality, identity, and public space through painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, performance, video, and publishing.
His work has been shown in 70+ exhibitions, screenings and festivals worldwide, including: Art Basel Hong Kong, 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, SOHOinOttakring and Thyssen-Bornemisza 21 Art Contemporary Vienna, Xi'an Art Museum in China, Asia Contemporary Art Show, Museu da Vila Velha Portugal, The Danish National School of Performing Arts Copenhagen, National Museum of Montenegro, Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center in St. Petersburg in Russia, City Art Museum Ljubljana, Museo de Arte de Ponce San Juan in Puerto Rico, National Gallery of Macedonia, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Art Stays Festival of Contemporary Art Ptuj, University of Sharjah, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, etc. His public art projects have been presented on urban LED screens, video billboards, posters and billboards in NYC, Skopje, Dublin, Hong Kong, etc.
Poposki has exhibited alongside some of the major names in contemporary artistic production, including: Gerhard Richter, Nam Jun Paik, Allora and Calzadilla, Xu Bing, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson, William Eggleston, Thomas Ruff, Robert Cahen, Sebastiao Salgado, etc.
His works have been selected for curated and juried exhibitions by prominent international curators and critics, including: Deborah Cullen (Director and Head Curator, Gallery of the Columbia University New York), Elisabeth Sussman (Curator, Whitney Museum, NYC), Donald Kuspit (Professor Emeritus of art history and philosophy, SUNY), etc.
Poposki's curatorial projects have been shown at: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Osage Gallery Hong Kong, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Manchester, Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery Hong Kong, Videotage Hong Kong, ArtStays International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia, Gallery 3D Mestre, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, etc.
Awards include: CEC Artslink Award (New York), ArtSlant Prize Showcase Juried Winner (Los Angeles), ID+consonni Sondika (Spain), Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, Rise Art Prize Shortlist (London), Global Art Awards Finalist/Painting (Dubai, in association with The Wall Street Journal), etc.
Education: Executive Certificate in International Leadership in Visual Arts Management (New York University, University of Deusto, Guggenheim Bilbao), PhD Cultural Studies (EuroBalkan University Skopje), MFA New Media (Donau Universitat Krems, Austria and Transart Institute NYC).
Artist residencies include: SVA School of Visual Arts (New York), Wooloo (Berlin), PNCA Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), VSC Vermont Studio Center, etc.
Poposki's work is collected in the Luciano Benetton Foundation's Imago Mundi collection (Italy) and in the Videotage Media Art Collection (Hong Kong), featured in Saatchi Art collections, and archived in the AUP archive (a project of e-flux in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery London).
EXHIBITIONS - GROUP
EXHIBITIONS - SOLO
2017 Theoria, National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia
2015 Translating Hong Kong, CCA Art Gallery, HKIEd, Hong Kong
2010 By Way of Introduction, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland (OR)
2010 Portrait of the Artist as a Cultural Worker, public performance, City Square, Skopje, Macedonia
2008 Abstract Politics, Tocka Culture Center, Skopje, Macedonia
2007 The Border, Tocka Culture Center, Skopje, Macedonia
2007 The Border, Il Ramo D’Oro – Napoli, Italy (with Michele D’Alterio, IT)
2007 National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia
2006 Hush, Gallery24, Berlin, Germany
2006 Culture Center Grigor Prlicev, Ohrid, Macedonia
2006 Hush, Gallery Twenty-four, Paris, France
2005 Hush, Tocka Culture Center Skopje, Macedonia
2004 Culture Center Marko Cepenkov, Prilep, Macedonia
2003 Journey of Desire, Tocka Culture Center, Skopje, Macedonia
LECTURES AND TALKS
2017 The Moving Homeland: Reimagining Hong Kong Culture While Translating Macedonian Poetry, Kowloon City Book Fair, Hong Kong (with Marija Todorova and Huang Yu Heidi)
2017 International Forum on Crossing Border | Border Crossing | International Festival of Intermedia 2017, JCCAC, Hong Kong
2016 Artist Talk: Zoran Poposki, Slovenski Trg - Oder, Ptuj, Slovenia
2015 Memento: Visual Memory and Monumental Amnesia, Faculty of Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong
2015 Invited Guest Speaker: Translating Hong Kong, Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong
2015 Visualizing memory and history: a multimedia translation of Dung Kai-cheung's Atlas, English Language and Literature Department, Hong Kong Baptist University
2013 Translation and Transcoding in Contemporary Artistic Practice, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education
2012 Art in Translation (Translation Seminar Series), Centre for Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
2012 Making Public: Civic Art and Public Discourse (OxTalk), Ox Warehouse, Macau, China
2012 Artistic Praxis as the Open Pursuit of Questions (in Place of Conclusions): A Transdisciplinary Colloquium, Institut für künstlerische Forschung, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) "Konrad Wolf," Potsdam - Babelsberg, Germany (with Victoria Hindley)
2011 Spaces of Power, Art Stays Summer Academy of Contemporary Art, Dom Kulture, Ptuj, Slovenia
2011 Working Conversation: Performance Lecture, SOHOinOttakring and Thyssen-Bornemisza 21 Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (with Victoria Hindley)
2011 Architecture of a Divided City, Panel, Museum of the City of Skopje
2010 Art and Social Practice, MFA Art and Social Practice, Portland State University, Portland
2010 Beyond Relational Aesthetics, MFA CAP/Studio, Portland State University, Portland
2010 Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia
2010 Truth-telling: Public Art as Parrhesia, TransartCollective, Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany
2010 Usurpation-Public Space-(Re)Contextualisation, City Museum, Skopje
2009 Art-Text-Discourse, Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Philology, Skopje University
AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES
2018 Rise Art Prize, London, shortlisted [Jury: Audrey Yeo (Founder and Director of Yeo Workshop Gallery, Singapore), Emilya Colliver (Founder and Director of Art Pharmacy Consulting and Art Pharmacy online, Australia), Nathalie Johnston (Founder and Director of Myanm/art, Myanmar), Amelia Abdullahsani (curator, art advisor and collector, CEO of the advisory firm Ameliorate International, UK), Alice Russotti (researcher, Singapore), Mandy d'Abo (Founder and Director of Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong), and Vicky Xu (Founder and CEO of Areteos Art Consultancy, Hong Kong)]
2017 Global Art Awards, Finalist, Painting Award, Armani Dubai, The Middle East Art Collector Association in association with The Wall Street Journal [jury: Mahmood Bin Karam Al Farsi (UAE, Commercial Director Arab Fashion Council, Manager for Abu Dhabi Media. Jury Member of the UAE Government. Film Producer at Keller Edde Studios, Los Angeles, California), Sophie Neuendorf (USA, Artnet Director, Gallery Network & Partnerships), José Ignació Ruiz Caparrós (China, President at Anacart & Caelis Gallery), Cristoph Noe (Hong Kong, LarrysList / Art Collector Society Contributor at Forbes, Art & Culture), Joobin Bekhrad (Toronto, Award-winning writer, Founder and Editor of REORIENT, Guest Editor of Columbia University’s Columbia Journal), Daryl Goh (Singapore, Founding Curator at NPE Art), Jean Minguet (France, ArtPrice Head Economist & Art Market Analyst), Ghada Kunash (UAE, Founder of The Workshop - Dubai. Art Gallery owner Fann - A' - Porter)]
2016 9th Artslant Prize Showcase 2016, Juried Winner, New Media [jury: Chelsea Guerdat (Director of Operations, Apexart), Andrew Lee (Assistant Director, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York), and Agustina Ferreyra (director and owner, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan]
2016 57th Venice Biennale, Macedonian National Pavilion (shortlisted)
2013 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, USA
2011 DAAD/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität ProArt Scholarship, München, Germany
2010 ArtsLink Award, CEC ArtsLink Foundation, New York, USA
2010 DIA Beacon, New York, residency
2009 Young Visual Artist Award DENES 09, Contemporary Art Center Skopje & Civil Society Foundation New York, finalist
2009 iD+consonni Sondika 09, Spain – Special Mention/Z+E+M Collective
2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje Best Young Artist Award, shortlisted
2009 Publication Grant (Monograph), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
2008 WOOLOO, Berlin, Germany, residency
2007/08 Foundation M Scholarship Award, Austria
2007 National Fellowship for Talented Young Artists, Ministry of Culture of R Macedonia
2017 Featured in Saatchi Art's Color Story: Millennial Pink Collection, curated by Jessica McQueen, Associate Curator of Saatchi Art
2017 Featured in The Guardian's Outside the Box, chosen by Tate Modern photography curator Shoair Mavlian
2016 Winner, 1st Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Drawing
2015 The Guardian's Art about human consciousness, chosen by Wellcome Collection curator Emily Sargent
2015 The Guardian's In the flesh, chosen by Tate curator Flavia Frigeri
2015 Winner, 6th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Drawing
2015 Winner, 4th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Abstract, artslant.com
2014 Winner, 6th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Abstract, artslant.com
2014 Winner, 5th Artslant Artist Showcase Competition: Abstract, artslant.com
2012 Winner, Artslant Artist Showcase: Mixed Media, artslant.com
2009 Saatchi Online Top 10 New Media Artists, saatchionline.com
2007 Best of 123Soho 2007 Art Show, 123soho.com
2006 Digital Color Artist of the Month, digitalconsciousness.com