Marta Popivoda (1982, Yugoslavia) is a filmmaker, artist, and researcher living and working between Berlin and Belgrade. The main concerns in her work are the tensions between memory, history, and ideology, as well as the relations between collective and individual bodies. Popivoda approaches them from a feminist and queer perspective. In her recent work, she uses landscape dramaturgy, feminist storytelling, and radical slowness principles to produce verbal-images and scenes of (antifascist) memory.
Her first feature documentary, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, premiered at the 63rd Berlinale and was later screened at many international film festivals. The film is part of the film collection of MoMA New York and is featured in What Is Contemporary Art?, MoMA’s online course about contemporary art from 1980 to the present. Her second feature documentary, Landscapes of Resistance, premiered in the Tiger Competition of the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam, was presented at more than 50 film festivals worldwide, and has won more than ten awards (Jeonju IFF – Best Picture Award; Cinema du Réel – Library Award; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Golden Alexander award; Sarajevo Film Festival – Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary; Sevilla European Film Festival – Best Director of a First or Second European Feature Film, etc.).
Popivoda’s work has been featured in major art galleries, such as Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, MAXXI Rome, M HKA Antwerp, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana, etc. She received the prestigious Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste Berlin and Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists.
This year, her work was presented at the 12th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 14 Biennal, and 59. Belgrade Biennale. She regularly teaches film at SNDO, the University of Arts in Amsterdam, and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Popivoda cherishes collective practice in artmaking and research, and she was part of the Walking Theory collective for many years. Today, she often collaborates with theorist and dramaturge Ana Vujanović in the production of films, video installations, and performances.
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