About us

Born in 1974, in Split. She graduated in 1997, in Split, as a professor of visual arts, and attended a postgraduate study at the Arts Academy E.R.B.A.N. in Nantes, France, obtaining a degree in 1999. She also won the 2002 Artslink scholarship at the San Francisco Art Institute, USA, and the Artist in Residency, Vienna, Museum Quartier, 2004.


  • Great expectations (2005)
  • Ruta and the Monument (2008)
  • Suppression (2010)
  • No Title (2010)


  • 2006
    All One Knows, video installation, commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
  • 2005
    Great Expectations, super 16mm, 17min, color, produced by Camera Lucida - Paris and HFS (Croatian Club’s Association) – Zagreb, supported by CNC ( France), France 2 and Croatian Ministry of Culture
  • 2002
    The video installation Wonderland produced with help of SCCA (Sarajevo Contemporary Art Center). Sound collaboration with Broccolichi Pascal.
  • 2000
    Sans titre (No Title), 40 sec. on loop, color, prod. by Renata Poljak and help of Art radionica Lazareti, Dubrovnik
  • 2000
    Skok / Jump, 4min, color, prod. by Renata Poljak
  • 2000
    Until the End of the World... ( jusqu’au boût du monde... ), 2 x 1min30sec. video installation produced by BIG Torino, Biennale Arte Emergente, Torino, Italy
  • 1999
    Souvenirs, 7min30sec, color, prod. by E.R.B.A.N. Art Academy in Nantes, France
  • 1997
    The Consolation (Borders and Frames), 2min30sec, prod. by Renata Poljak
  • 1996
    I, the Housewife!, 5min30sec, color, produced with support of Ivo Dekovic


  • 2006 “Great Expectations”, BalkanBlackBox, festival fur film und kultur aus sudosteuropa, Best Short Film, Berlin
  • 2006 “Great Expectations”, second award on 7th Mediterranean festival of documentary films in Siroki Brijeg, BiH.
  • 2006 “Great Expectations” Best film in domestic competition, Tabor 2006, 4th International Short Film Festival, Tabor, Croatia
  • 2000 “Souvenirs (Memories)”, Public Award, Balkan Video Federation, Beograd, Yugoslavia
  • 2000 “Skok/Jump”, VideoMedeja Award, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
  • 1999 “Souvenirs (Memories)”, VideoMedeja Award, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
  • 1997 “I, the Housewife!”, Annual Award of Women`s Art Center Electra, Zagreb, Croatia

Individual exhibitions

  • 2007 All One Knows, Gallery Kraljevic, Zagreb
  • 2006 All One Knows, Vukovar City Museum, (Kuba project) Vukovar, Croatia
  • 2005 The View, Galery SC, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2003 Emergency Tensions, (with D.Figarella), Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, Florida
  • 2002 Wonderland, Galerie Soardi, Nice, France
  • 2001 Did she Fall or was She Pushed?, Extended Media Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia (cat.)
  • 2000 Renata Poljak, Galerie Soardi, Nice, France
  • 1998 Noise / Criteria, Gallery Otok, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 1998 Noise / Criteria, Architects` Club, Zagreb, Croatia

Collective exhibitions and video projections (selection)

  • 2007
    Woman at the crossroad of ideologies, international art and science event / exhibition, screenings,lectures, debates with edited book, HULU, Split,Croatia
  • 2006
    Sigmund's Stories - Perception as Spatial Transgression, gallery SC, Zagreb, Croatia
    L’usage du monde, Mali Salon, Rijeka, Croatia
    Cooling Out, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland Kuba: Journey Against the Current, Nestroyhof, Vienna
    Normalization, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden
    ARCO-Contemporary art fair, Madrid, by Gallery Hilger/Vienna
    Insert, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
  • 2005
    Landscape in Contemporary Visual Art and Culture Between Fetishes and Ideology,- 34th Split Salon, Split, Croatia
    Insert, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
    Binder, Milunovic, Poljak, gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria
  • 2004
    Passage d’Europe, Musée d’Art Moderne de St-Etienne, France
    Cetinje Biennial V, Cetinje, MonteNegro
    Rivage, Saint-Brieuc, France
  • 2003
    First View, gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria
    High Hills, public space project, Krems, Austria
    C’est(-)à(-)dire!, Palais de Papes, Avignon, France
    Rest Assured, CCS Museum, Bard College, New York
    Sharks In The Morning, Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, Florida
  • 2002
    Here Tomorrow, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, c. R. Marcoci
  • 2001
    Central, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Quartier 21, Vienna, Austria, c. K. Aligner and L. Hegyi
    Höchstleistung, Le Centre d’Art Shed im Eisenwerk de Frauenfeld, Switzerland
    Freedom and Violence, National Museum-Krolikarnia, Varsovie, Poland
    Provisoirement / Provizorno, La Station, Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Dare to be different, Fier, Albania
    Adriatico: le due sponde, Michetti Museum, Francavilla a Mare, Italie
    To tell a story, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2000
    BIG TORINO 2 000, Biennal of emerging artists, com. R. Fleck, Torino, Italy
    A Small Country for a Big Vacation, Galerie SKUC, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Actif-Réactif-la création vivante à Nantes, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
    12 Positionen zeitgenossischer Kunst, Palais Harrach et Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna
    What, How & For Whom, dom HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1999
    A Girl Like You, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
    Post Diplome, Glassbox, Paris, France
    Estatic memory, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
    Post Diplome, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, ZOO Galerie, Nantes, France
    10 Artists/ 8 Months/ Nantes, Centro de Arte Joven, Madrid, Spain
  • 1998
    Utopia, Chateau de Beaumanoir, Le Leslay, Quintin, France, com. R. Fleck
    33 Zagreb Salon, Zagreb, com. I. Zabel, Croatia
    Messages (Public Art Project), Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1997
    As large as life, Raum fur Kunst, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
    Biennale of Young Artists/Artisti del Mediterraneo, Rijeka/Fiume, Croatia
    Exchange Art Festival, Split, Croatia
  • 1996
    Visual Arts Section of the International Festival of New Film and Video, Split, Croatia
    Museum of Split, Split, Croatia

film & video projections (selection)

  • 2006 “Great Expectations”:
    Challenging the East West Art Map, Royal Danish Art Academy, Copenhagen, U-Turn Quadrennial of Contemporary Art
    VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia
    BalkanBlackBox, festival fur film und kultur aus sudosteuropa, Berlin
    7th Mediterranean festival of documentary films in Siroki Brijeg, BiH.
    Analog, Kultiviranje Arhitektonske vrste, Drustvo Arhitekata Zagreba, Zagreb
    4th International Short Film Festival, Tabor, Croatia
    4th Liburnia Film Festival, Icici, Croatia
    22nd International Short Film Festival, Hamburg Germany
    “A Room (With a View)” , fst forward , Arenbergschouwburg, Antwerpen
    ”Home, Sweet Home”, TV France 2
    Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival, Vienna, Austria
    AsterFest, Strumica, Macedonia, 2006
    EXcroissance 3, galerie SoiXante, Saint-Denis, Paris
    Focus Balkan, TOP Kino, Vienna, Austria
    L'urbanisation galopante, l'Antenne-espace pédagogique du Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France
    Zagreb Calling, à la Maison populaire de Montreuil, Paris
    International Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art,
    Central European University Budapest
  • 2005
    Great Expectations, cinema of Multimedia Centar, Zagreb
    Great Expectations, gallery Hilger Vienna
    (Great Expectations) Serial Cases_1 Acquaintance, Novi Sad, Iasi, Zagreb, Holon, Istanbul, Prag, Sofija, Graz
    (video: Skok/Jump)“Naissance et renaissance de l'art vidéo dans les balkans" musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg : programme vidéo curated by Diane Amiel
  • 2004
    Brooklyn EUphoria, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2003, Gulbenkian Foundation Modern Art Centre in Lisbon
    Zero Visibility, Genazzano, Italy, com. Sergio Edelzstein
    5th Annual Video Marathon, Galery Art in General, New York, com. Sergio Edelzstein
    Red Dawn Festival, Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Remediation Variants, WRO 03 Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland
  • 2002
    Video-Zone, 1st International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Tel Aviv
    “Trieste Contemporanea'”, Trieste, Italy
    Café Video, Saint-Brieuc, France
    “Frame by Frame”: Galleri Trafo, Budimpest, Hungary, Galerija O.K. MMC Rijeka, Project
    Intermuros, Zadar, The International Festival of New Film and Video, Split, Laznia
    Centre for Contemporary Art/University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow,
    Ujazdowski Castle, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lab Cinema program, Warsaw
  • 2001
    “video / je vois” La création vidéo en France, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
    WRO 01 Media Art Biennale, selection Katherine Carl, Wroclaw, Poland
    Third Annual 12 to 12 Video Marathon, Galery Art in General, New York
    VideoFormes, Clermont-Ferrand, France
    3 Bangkok Video Festival, Bangkok
    Transports en commun, La Station, MAMAC, Nice
  • 2000
    Recreating Human Beings, IFU’s open space, Hannover, Germany
    Dreamcatcher, International Video and Short Films Festival, Kyiv, Pologne
    Balkan Video Federation, Beograd, Yugoslavia
    VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
  • 1999
    up-and-coming Film Festival, Hannover, Germany
    12èmes Instants Vidéo, Manosque, France
    VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
  • 1998
    VIPER 1998 - Project Video Gallery, projections at video festivals in Lucern, Osnabruck, Palermo and Split
    Retina '98, Szigetvar, Hungary
  • 1997
    The International Electronic Media Forum Ostranenie, Bauhouse-Dessau, Germany
    The International Festival of New Film and Video, Split, Croatia
    Videoformes 97, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Bibliography (selection)

  • N. Ilic, in cat. Kuba – Journey Against the Current: “All One Knows”, 2006.
  • Z. Godec, “Renata Poljak”, Cosmopolitan, 09/2006,
  • L.Topic in cat.The View, Renata Poljak, “At the Court of the Transition King”, 2005
  • R. Ratkovic “Arhitektonsko nasilje kao paradigma obiteljskih odnosa”, Covjek i prostor, br.09-10, 2005
  • M.Golub “Renata Poljak u Galeriji SC”, radio 101, likovnost, studeni 2005
  • R. Ratkovic, “Arhitektonsko nasilje kao paradigma obiteljskih odnosa”, Zarez, br.167, 2005
  • R. Marcoci in cat. Here Tomorrow, Here Tomorrow, 2002
  • Georges Bertolino, Renata Poljak, Nice Matin, 01.03.2002
  • Fabienne Fulcheri, Le Journal des Arts, n.144, du 8 au 21 mars 2002
  • N. Ilic, cat. did she fall or was she pushed ?, Falling into Circularity, Zagreb, 2001
  • Rosana Ratkovic, Kako donijeti odluku?, Zarez, 29.03.2001
  • A. Devic, in cat. Adriatico, Le Due Sponde, Croatia, Young Art, 2001
  • M.Mercier, Video indépendante en Croatie, BREF- le magazine du court métrage, n°43, hiver 99/2000
  • J.VukmirRenata Poljak-Issues of Intimacy and Femininity, SIKSI - The Nordic Art Review, vol.12/no.4, winter 1997
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Director and Screenwriter
NO TITLE producer
NO TITLE director
director and screenwriter
Biočić Mandić;Ivona
Galeta;Ivan Ladislav
Gotovac a.k.a. Antonio G. Lauer;Tomislav
Ratković Vidaković;Marija

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