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Neja Tomšič is a visual artist, poet and writer from Ljubljana.
Since graduating in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, she has been part of several group and solo exhibitions, performing and publishing poetry and prose, among other. She completed the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper (SI), and is finishing her dissertation on documentary cinema and related practices in contemporary art context, focusing on Belgian post-colonialism.
As the youngest author, her drawing work was included in the Drawing in Slovenia 1945-2005 overview exhibition that toured in Ljubljana, Maribor and Zagreb. Her drawings were part of the Femicomix travelling exhibition (Ljubljana, Zagreb, Rome, Rijeka), and the International Comix Festival in Belgrade, as well as the Biennial of Independent Illustration. Her latest exhibitions include the Street Gallery by Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, and the Young Artist overview exhibition at the Gallery Veno Pilon in Ajdovscina. She was also part of several group exhibitions, for example the Biennial of Young Art in Moscow and the Freedom Koeficient curated by Andrey Parshikov at the MGM Gallery in Moscow.
She has performed her recent project Tea for Five. Opium Ships in Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Sofia and Madalena on Pico Island.
In 2014, she was awarded an ArtsLink Fellowship, during which she started an artistic collaboration with Baltimore artists Lisa Moren and Jaimes Mayhew, monumentalising erased histories in public space - the Nonument project. The following year, she also received the ArtsLink individual projects grant for Nonument01: McKeldin Fountain project, realised at the Transmodern festival in Baltimore. The project recently received the Saul Zaentz grant for Innovation in Film and Media Studies.
She is also a co-founder of MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art, a research and production platform devoted to transitory art and its project space in Ljubljana, formerly the MoTA Point, now the MoTA LAB. Since 2008, she has produced and curated solo exhibitions and projects (Marina Rosenfeld, Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, Lexa Walsh, Baraga etc), group exhibitions (the Ghostwriter Project, Arte/Facts, Cartographies of Transitions, etc), Sonica and Sonica Classics concert series (with Charlemagne Palestine, Hildur Gudnadottir, Jozef van Wissem, Valerio Tricoli, Jason Lescalleet, etc), the Sonica Festival (from 2009 in different venues and public spaces in Ljubljana), symposia (Cartographies of Transition in Nicosia, Cyprus; Third Culture in Ljubljana). She edited the RoboVox.Your Voice reader monuments and robotos, published at rx:tx; Outerviews. Conversations with artists and TRIBE – Excercises in Transitory Art, published by MoTA.
Performance is becoming an important element in her work. Her performance experience includes the 2014-15 theatre play Škrip Inc, directed by Jelena Rusjan, and the Screech Orchestra group (2011-2013) which toured widely, in New York City among other.
She is also one half of the magmaalaska duo with singer Katja Šulc, an ongoing visual poetry platform created for improvisation, experiments and joy. They performed at festivals Azores Fringe, Druga Godba, Lent, Festival Sanje and at the Recollets Center in Paris, among other.