The Estate of Breda Beban

Complicity of Gestures - Curated by Eline van der Vlist

9 June – 1 October 2011

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Breda Beban was an artist, filmmaker and curator. Born in Serbia, she lived and worked in London and Sheffield where she was a Professor of Media Arts at Sheffield Hallam University.


Recent symposium:

April 2017

“Breda's lesson. A symposium on the art and life of Breda Beban. Trieste, Studio Tommaseo.




Film (curated by Maxa Zoller), Art Basel, Kalfayan Galleries. Retrospective: 13 June 2017.


‘Let’s Call it Love’, MSURS, Bajna LuKa.

‘Let’s Call it Love’, The Cultural Centre of Belgrade and Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.


‘The Adventure of the Real’ (curated by Branko Francheschi), Galerija Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia.

‘Lovely Days’, Bol, island of Brač, Croatia.

‘BREDA BEBAN: The Adventure of the Real’, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, and Galerija Kazamat, Osijek, Croatia.

‘Musical for the Senses’, Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


‘Complicity of Gestures’ (curator: Eline van der Vlist), Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.


‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Gucha - Part One’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.

‘My Funeral Song’, Camden Art Centre, London, UK.


‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Gucha - Part Two’, Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris, France.

‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Gucha - Part One’, Lightbox, Tate Britain, London, UK.

‘Things to do in Buenos Aires’, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy.

‘Breda Beban Nights’, Visninsrommet USF, Bergen, Norway.


Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris, France.

New Centre of Contemporary Art, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Nuova Icona, Venice Biennial.

Salon Galic, Split, Croatia.


Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia.


Mario Flecha Gallery, Jafre, Spain.


‘For One Night Only’, 38 Langham St. Gallery, London, UK.

‘Touchdown’, Peer at St. Augustine’s Tower, London, UK.

‘Little Films to Cry To’, Peer, London, UK.

‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and touring to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton; Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK.


‘Still’, Site Gallery, Sheffield and touring Lux Gallery, London, UK and Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland.




‘HIPS DON’T LIE, Center Pompidou, Paris.


‘HIPS DON’T LIE, Center Pompidou, Malaga, Spain.


Faces of Disappearance” (curated by Thomas Elsen), H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartkunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg, Germany.


“Zipped Worlds: Photography in Public Domain”, Inaugural event for the Month of Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

‘Subdued Existence – Cargo East’, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, China.


‘This is All Film!’, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Tatton Park Biennial, UK.


4th Baku Biennial, Azerbaijan.

‘Contemporary Video Art’, Pennsylvanian Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, USA.

‘How to Change Your Life in a Day’, Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris, France.


‘Borders and Beyond’, Taidehalli Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland.


Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia.


3rd International Biennial, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Zoo Art Fair, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.

Video DUMBO, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Centre, New York, USA.

III Biennial de Jafre, Girona, Spain.


The British Art Show, touring exhibition, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, UK.


‘Insert’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

‘Premieres’, Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA.


‘Strangers to Ourselves’, 201 St John Street, London, UK.


Artists’ Film and Video, Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain, London, UK.

‘VideoLisboa’, Galeria Ze Dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal.

‘A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain’, Tate Britain, London, UK.


‘Gevaltbilder’, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria and Touring Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland.


‘Konverzacija’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.




Film and Video Umbrella, Project: ’25 Frames’, Peer & Picture House, London, UK.


I Mille Occhi International Film Festival, Trieste, Italy.


Cinema Tuskanac, Zagreb, Croatia.

Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy.


Cinemateque, Split, Croatia.


National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.


National Film Theatre, London, UK.

Cinema Zuid, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


VideoLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. 

London Film Festival, London, UK.

Rex Cinema, Belgrade, Serbia.

Lux Cinema, London, UK.



World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts, UK.

Golden Sphinx, International Video Festival Medea, Novi Sad, Serbia.



Silver Award for Performance in Music Film & Video, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, USA.


BIBLIOGRAPHY  (Selection from year 2000)

‘Breda Beban: My Funeral Song’, Denise Robinson, Camera Austria, no. 111, pp. 81–82, September 2010, Austria.

‘Artist of the week: Breda Beban’, Skye Sherwin, The Guardian, 25 August 2010, UK.

‘Breda Beban: My Funeral Song’, Irene Revell, The Wire, August 2010, UK.

‘Breda Beban: My Funeral Song’, Sophy Rickett, HotShoe, August 2010, UK.

‘Breda Beban’, Coline Milliard,, July 2010, UK.

‘Breda Beban: Funeral Song’, Jon Morse, Fallyrag Magazine, May 2010, UK.

‘The Body in Contemporary Art’, Sally O'Reilly, Thames & Hudson, pp. 184–185, 2009, UK.

‘On Gypsies and Orgasm’, Louise Back, Toro Magazine, 19 Aug 2008, Canada.

‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Gucha: Breda Beban in conversation with Mia Jankowicz’, Untitled, pp. 4-9, Spring 2008, UK.

‘Breda Beban’, Marcha Morrison, Art Papers, p. 60, Jan/Feb 2008, UK.

‘Short Film Seductive’, Diane Heilenman, Courier Journal, p. 9, 11 November 2007, USA.

‘imagine art after’, Helen Holtom, ArtRabbit, 24 October 2007, UK.

‘Breda Beban’, Eline van der Vlist, Modern Painters, p. 99, October 2007, USA.

‘imagine art after’, Letezia Rittatore, Amica, p. 677, November 2007, Italy.

‘Helen Holtom talks to artist and curator Breda Beban’, ArtRabbit, 11 November 2007, UK.

‘imagine art after’, Antonia Carver, Bidoun, Fall 2007, USA.

‘Venice Takes Flight’, Adrian Searle, The Guardian, pp. 24-28, 12 June 2007, UK.

‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Gucha’, Branko Franceschi, Nuova Icona catalogue, 2007, Venice, Italy.

‘Breda, L’anima dei Balkani’, Tiziana Benedetti, Zeno magazine, pp. 38-39, March 2007, Italy.

‘Breda Beban; emozioni in forma d’arte visiva’, Ivana Godnik, Piccolo, p. 3, 2 March 2007, Italy.

‘Breda Beban iziva custva in sproza reakcije’, Ivana Godnik, Primorski Dnevnik, p.5, 2 March 2007, Italy.

‘New Art on View: the Challenge of Collecting’, Sheila Mc Gregor, Scala Publishers, pp. 18, 144, 150-154, 2006, UK.

‘Istrazivanje mogucnosti zaljubjivanja’, Branko Franceschi, Kontura Magazine, pp. 14-15, December 2006, Croatia.

‘Novo lice nakon nove slike’, Ksenija Orelj, Vijenac, p. 7, 7 December 2006, Croatia.

Meditearn, Novi List, ‘Vizualna komunikacija postala jaca od komunikacije abecedom’, Nadezda Elezovic, pp. 8-9, 26 November 2006, Croatia.

‘Publiku opcinili kadrovi filma’, Nadezda Elezovic, Novi List, p. 6, 10 November 2006, Croatia.

‘Breda Beban’, Branko Franceschi, Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Rijeka catalogue, November 2006, Croatia.

‘Sate of the art’, Adrian Searle, The Guardian, pp. 18-19, 27 September 2005, UK.

‘Home is Where the Art is’, Virginia Matthews, The Guardian, Diversity supplement, p. 5, 11 August 2005, UK.

‘British Art Show 6’, Hayward Gallery catalogue, pp. 146–152; pp. 186–189, 2005, UK.

‘Themes in Contemporary Art’, edited by Gill Perry and Paul Wood, Yale University Press, p. 36, 2005, USA.

‘The Photograph as Contemporary Art’, Charlotte Cotton, Thames and Hudson, pp. 164–165, 2004, UK.

‘Beyond the Multiplex’, Geoffrey Macnab, The Guardian, p. 28, 12 November 2003, UK.

‘Spaces of Memory: Photographic Practices of Home and Exile in the work of Breda Beban’, Rosemary Betterton, N.Paradoxa vol.13, pp. 22–28, 2004, UK.

‘Breda Beban at Saint Augustine’s Tower and 99 Hoxton Street’, Sinisa Mitrovic,

Circa 106, pp. 89-90, Winter 2003, Ireland.

‘Breda Beban: I Can’t Make You Love Me’, MB, Modern Painters, pp. 117–118, Autumn 2003, UK.

 ‘Imaginary Balkans’, Martin Vincent, Art Monthly, no. 265, pp. 28–29, April 2003, UK.

‘Breda Beban’, Martin Herbert, Art Monthly No. 266, pp. 28-29, March 2003, UK.

‘Breda Beban in Conversation with Chris Darke’, Imaginary Balkans catalogue,

pp. 23–26, Site Gallery, 2002, UK.

‘Transmission: Speaking & Listening’ vol. 1, edited by Sharon Kivland and Lesley Sanderson, pp.96–100, Sheffield Hallam Univesity and Site Gallery, 2002, UK.

‘Zwishen Faszination und Denunzation’, Peter Stohler, Gewaltbilder exhibition catalogue, 2002, pp. 28-41, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland.

‘Stilvoll sterben’, M.D., Neue Zuricher Zeitung, 18 March 2002, p. 5, Switzerland.

‘Still’, Madeleine Schuply, Still solo exhibition catalogue, 2001, pp. 2-6, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland.

‘Breda Beban im Kunstmuseum Thun’, Elisabeth Gerbert, Kunst-Bulletin, November 2001, p. 46, Switzerland.

‘Breda Beban: Zimmer mit Aussichten’, Thierry Greub, Basler Magazin, Basler Zeitung, no. 239, 13 October 2001, pp. 7-9, Switzerland.

‘Sparsame Bilder spiegeln Odyssee’, Marcel Henry, Berner Zeitung, p. 27, 22/23 September 2001, Switzerland.

‘Das Erbe von Novi Sad eingefangen’, Barbara Basting, Tages-Anzeiger, p. 6, 27 September 2001, Switzerland.

‘Stills, Stille und Unruhe’, Peter Anliker, Fueilleton, 26 September 2001, p. 6, Switzerland.

‘Das Visuelle Tagebuch einer Flucht’, Murielle Schlup, Berner Woche. no. 219, September 2001, Switzerland.

‘Someone Slept Oblivious’, Adrian Searle, Still solo exhibition catalogue, 2000, pp. 2-4, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK.

‘After Effect’, Chris Darke, Still solo exhibition catalogue, 2000, pp. 37-40, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK.

‘Richard Cork’s Five Best London Exhibitions’, Richard Cork, The Times, 27 January 2001, p. 17, UK.

‘Acting on Instinct’, Ann Donald, The Herald, 28 September 2000, p. 22, UK.

‘Breda Beban’, David Briers, Art Monthly, no. 238, Jull-Aug 2000, pp. 35-36, UK.



Tate, UK

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, USA

Weltkunst Foundation, Zurich

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

Arts Council of England, UK