Balkanising Taxonomy - A symposium & an exhibition supported by the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles and Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London
_Nada Prlja
MPhil Fine Arts, Royal College of Art

Nada Prlja was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina (1971), moving to Macedonia in 1981, now she is living and working in London since 1998. She graduated from the National School of Fine Art (A Levels) and from the Academy of Fine Arts, Skopje, Macedonia and consequently received an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) research degree from the Royal College of Arts, London, UK.

Nada Prlja’s work deals with the complex political and sociological situations of the contemporary world. Her work has been shown at INIVA – Institute of International Visual Art, London; Contemporary Art Platform, London; OPTICA 2007, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art and National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje; Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almati, Kazahstan, Varna International Biennale, etc.

At the moment her work can be seen at the group exhibition ‘Tit for Tat’, Counter Images for ‘Transcultural’ at <rotor> gallery in Graz, Austria. From December to February 2009 in 198 Contemporary Art London, UK. Her videos could be seen until November 2008 as a part of Tina B - Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague and in New York, USA as a part of exhibition ‘Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding’ in Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Prlja works in installation and video medium. Also public art is one of the art forms that Prlja frequently works with, starting with her first solo show Walking on Cold Water According to Dr.Knaipp (1997), which was the first ever public project in Macedonia to be realised in an institution other than an arts institution. In 2006 she realised her project ‘Advanced Science of Morphology’ in Marble Arch Park, London, which provoked a great deal of interest and debate, and the subsequent publication of the project on the front cover of daily newspapers. This project has been shown in Rijeka, Croatia and in Zagreb, Croatia in 2007, provoking similar kind of fruitful reaction by the public and the media. This project was displayed for the last time in Vienna in April 2008, realised in collaboration with the art collection of Erste Collection. Prlja’s public projects have been always followed by the media and have been published widely.

Prlja recently initiated Serious Interest Agency (SIA), a series of curated art projects and events, that explore and question notions of the New European identity – focusing specifically on the interpretation of South Eastern Europe within a global context of Europe.

Her work has been reviewed in Artreview, Time Out, Art News, Third Text, etc. Prlja has been lecturing in various London colleges since 2003 and is currently on an artist’s research residency at CRIR in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Nada Prlja: SLAV.E, 2007, Installation, MDF wood, colour, 1.8 x 8 x 0.6m

Nada Prlja: SLAV.E, 2007, Installation, MDF wood, colour, 1.8 x 8 x 0.6m