Dan Perjovschi, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2020, photo by Damir Žižić (detail)

The participants of the third generation of WHW Akademija are Luna Acosta (Medellín/Barcelona), Eva Ďurovec (Berlin/Košice), Teuta Gatolin (Zagreb), Lama El Khatib (Berlin/Beirut), Yulia Krivich (Warsaw), Ghita Skali (Casablanca/Amsterdam) and Raluca Țurcanașu (Bucharest). They are participating in the tutoring program with mentors Marwa Arsanios (Berlin/Beirut), Alex Baczyński-Jenkins and Kasia Wlaszczyk (Kem) (Warsaw/London/Berlin), Vlatka Horvat (London), Pablo Martínez (Barcelona), Aude Christel Mgba (Amsterdam), Dan Perjovschi (Sibiu) and What, How & for Whom / WHW (Zagreb/Vienna).

Engaged in developing a new working model in unpredictable circumstances, the participants of WHW Akademija 2021 were chosen in dialogue with the mentors.

This year’s program will migrate from the premises of the WHW office and Gallery Nova in Zagreb to all the cities in which the participants are based, creating a widespread network despite the fact we cannot travel as we would like to. The program is based on individual encounters, and yet it doesn’t give up on collectivity, rather rethinking possibilities of being together in new and sustainable ways.

In order to navigate this period of immense disruption, we have developed a tripartite program for March to September 2021, comprising one-on-one tutoring, a summer school in collaboration with The Tree School by DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research) and the public program Evenings with WHW Akademija.

As in previous years, the 2021 program remains focused on strategies that take art practices from the Kontakt Collection as the point of departure and as a source of inspiration for bridging divisions between theory and practice, with an emphasis on topics of care, locality, resilience and anti-fragility.