Neža Knez

Born in 1990, Ljubljana (SI)
Lives and works between Ljubljana (SI) and Zagreb (CRO)

Neža Knez (1990) graduated and obtained her Master’s degree in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana. In recent years, she has largely dealt with (motion) picture and space beyond it. Seeing film as an incomplete whole, she focuses on creating situations with sculptural cinematographic elements, sounds, text/voice, and participants in these choreographies. She probes the materiality of light, pixels, sound, volume, skin, and bodies, which she also explores in cohabitation with her long standing (canine) teacher Niki. She has participated in a number of independent and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad, and received several awards, including the award of the Ministry of Culture, the ALUO Recognition, and the ALUO Award for Exceptional Student Achievements, the Golden Press Award for Innovative Approach to Graphic Art, the Prešeren Prize for Students conferred by the University of Ljubljana, and the OHO Group Award. Since 2020, Neža Knez has lived and worked between Ljubljana and Zagreb, where she moved, among others, to attend the WHW Academy. In 2021, she pursued further education in experimental film at RESTART (Zagreb).


2019, 2020
WHW Academy, Zagreb (CRO)

MFA in Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (SI)


BFA in Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (SI)


Studio from Gallery GMK, Zagreb (CRO)
Working grant (City of Ljubljana), Ljubljana (SI)
Residency student at WHW Academy, Zagreb (CRO)

I-Portunus (Goethe institut), Mobile gran
One of the 9 artist on WHW one year collaboration program (SI)
Working Grant, Slovenian Ministry of Culture (SI)
Nomination and WINNER for the award YVAA OHO (SI)
Hekler, NYC (USA)

RU Residency Unlimited artist (2 months), NYC (USA)
Two-year residency in creative center Švicarija (SI)
MLADIKE 2018, Municipality of Ljubljana (SI)
Two-year residence in a creative center Švicarija (International Centre of Graphic Art MGLC)

Summa Cum-laude for Master’s disertation
A nomination for YVAA award OHO

Camp in Germany, Regensburg (DE)
Residency in Rome, Viterbo, Ljubliana, Milan with exhibition in Tirana, Milano and Viterbo (IT, SI, AL), How do landscapes shape human imagination

Award for an innovative approach to the graphic arts (SI)
Prešern’s award of Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana  (SI)
Award for outstanding academic achievements, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana (SI)
Recognition for outstanding academic achievements, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana (SI)

Residency in Berlin (with curator Maja Škerbot), Berlin (DE)


Call Me Series, Cukrarna Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)
Miklova Hiša Gallery, Ribnica (SI)
Tobačna Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)
Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)
Gallery HišaKulture, Pivka (SI)

City Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)
Gallery VN, Zagreb (SI)
Residency in gallery GMK, Zagreb (CRO)
Y Project, Kino Šiška, Ljubljana (SI)
Projection of documentary film on DOKUCOC, Maribor (SI)

Two public intervention in Zagreb (CRO)

Gallery Hekler, NYC (NYC)
SCCA (Center for contemporary art), Ljubljana (SI) 
MGLC (International Centre of Graphic Art), performans during the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts
Švicarija, Public intervention, Ljubljana (SI)
Festival City of Women, Ljubljana (SI)
Public intervention on festival, Celje (SI) Gallery AŽ, Zagreb (CRO)
Likovni salon Celje, Celje (SI)Gallery P74, Ljubljana (SI)

RU Space, Broadway square: with Nadežda Kirčanski (Osman Can Yerebakan), NYC (USA)
22 day public intervention on Broadway (Brooklyn/Buschwick), NYC (USA)
SCCA (Center for contemporary arts), Ljubljana (SI)
House of Culture Pivka, Pivka (SI)
Gallery Zelenica (ROG), Walking research with Martina Jurak, Ljubljana (SI)

Kunst off-Space/Narrenkastl, The love (T)Act, Frohnleiten (AT)
Gallery Vetrinjski dvor, The love (T)Act, Maribor (SI)
Gallery Sira, Dis-communication, Zagreb (CRO)
Gallery Zelenica – ROG factory, Missing link, Ljubljana (SI)
Gallery SKC, Communication, Rijeka (CRO)

Gallery SKC, Missing link, Rijeka (CRO)
Gallery Sira, Dis-communication, Zagreb (CRO)
Gallery Zelenica – ROG factory, Missing link, Ljubljana (SI)
Gallery SKC, Communication, Rijeka (CRO)
Gallery SKC, Missing link, Rijeka (CRO)
(ON THE) EDGES OF EXPERIENCE, performance (Reading) – library, Milano (IT)
Three day action/performance For-nothing in Regensburg (DE)
Gallery MediaNox, No – Visibility, Maribor (SI)

Public intervention – guided graffiti: Graffiti, Ljubljana, Slovenia (SI)


Art Quarter, Budapest (HU)

MMSU Reka (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), David Maljković with the Collection, Rijeka (CRO)
Gallery Nova (WHW Collective gallery), Zagreb (CRO)

Gallery Hiša culture, Pivka (SI)
Gallery Mohsen, Tehran (IN)
ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)

MLZ art dep, Trieste (IT)
Center For Contemporary Arts Celje (SI)
Gallery Kunsthalle, Thinking about images, Graz (AT)
P74 Gallery, OHO Young Visual Artist Award 2018, Deus ex machina, Ljubljana (SI)
Center For Contemporary Arts, Celje (SI) Likovni salon, Rol the sleeves, Celje (SI)
Gallery Kortil, Thinking (about) images, Imag(in)e Ka-mize, Rijeka (CRO)

GalleryGallery and Gallery KinoSiska, Bodies on pedestals, Ljubljana (SI)
Mediterranea 18 Young Artist Biennale, Under the hayrack, Tirana (AL)
Gallery Equrna, Difference between two bodies, Ljubljana (SI)
Gallery Zelenica, Exhibition of Slovenian contemporary art, Ljubljana (SI)

Gallery Bianca Volta – La Ville Ouverte/Mediterranean Landscape; Reading, Viterbo (IT)
Gallery KastellWindsor European Creative Camp 016 – Live
for today/tomorrow, Human, Germany (Rettenbach)
Gallery BiancaVolta, performance, Missing link, Viterbo (IT)
Gallery ŠKUC, Personal, Ljubljana (SI)
Gallery UGM – OHO exhibition, This is (not) a walking piece, Maribor (SI)
ALUO LXX. Past, The present, Future, with artwork The other view and The story, Gallery Jakopič, Ljubljana (SI)