Visegrad Fund
Ksenija Orelj

Ksenija Orelj (Rijeka, 1979) is a curator and occasionally a writer. When she finds time, she creates reviews for Croatian Radio-Televison, Triptih. She earned a master’s degree from the Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig after finishing Art History and German Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She was a curator in residence at Q21 Vienna in 2018 and recently she participated in the intensive course at the Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Archives and Collections at the Royal College of Art. Orelj works as a senior curator at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and as an associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, where she teaches about curatorial methodologies and exhibition practice. She is interested in merging traditional and experimental approaches, curatorial and pedagogical methods in exhibition making, while often working in team. She is a team member of Biennale of Western Balkans and member of the Croatian section of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. Orelj is engaged in projects focusing on issues of labour, hyperproduction, and the lack of free time, that explore possibilities of sensual use of language, capricious appearance of body and humor as a way of contact with otherness. Some of these projects are We’re Off, digital reconstruction of the cancelled exhibition, reader/were-off.html#.Yy1wVXZByUk, 2020, The Münchhausen Effect: On Time in Times of Having No Time, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, 2017 (with Anamarija Batista); Please Empty Your Pockets, MMSU Rijeka and Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, 2016; and From Within the Giant’s Belly, MMSU Rijeka, 2015.