Marina Paulenka is an independent curator, art consultant, and educator in photography.

She was Artistic Director of UNSEEN Foundation and UNSEEN, a platform for

contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of

photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists. Prior to her role at

Unseen, she worked as a curator and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International

Photography Festival and the non-for- profit Organ Vida Photography Organization, the

leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. So far she has curated

numerous exhibitions and work with artists such as Tabita Rezaire, Dana Lixenberg,

Zanele Muholi, Hannah Starkey, Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo, Nina Berman, Amalia Ulman,

Laia Abril, Katrin Koenning and many others. Paulenka is the recipient of the Lucie

Awards 2018 for best curator/exhibition of the year for the exhibition “Engaged, Active,

Aware: Women Perspectives Now”. Paulenka nominates photographers for The Joop

Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and

she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and

festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennial, Robert Capa

Prize, FORMAT.



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