Marina Paulenka is an artist and independed curator, the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for best curator/exhibition of the year. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the Organ Vida Photography Organisation, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. Organ Vida Festival promotes the work of international contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known ones and reflects upon the medium of photography in a wider social context.
Paulenka nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, 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, UNSEEN, Hamburg Triennial, Robert Capa Prize, FORMAT. So far she has curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists such as Nina Berman, Katrin Koenning and group exhibitions such as Vigilance, Struggle, Pride: Through Her Eyes. Paulenka is interested in contemporary practices, new approches to medium and showcasing, and in works dealing with feminism and socio-political issues of our everyday life.