Manca is a researcher, and artist whose interdisciplinary work is situated in the realm of socio-politics. She currently teaches several BA modules: Contemporaneities, Curating and the Curatorial, Curatorial Events and Affects, Link, and the core module for the Graduate Diploma.
- PhD Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London 2019
- MA Sculpture, Academy of Art and Design, Ljubljana 2016
- MA Curating, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 2011
- BA • BA Visual Arts and Disciplines of Performance, Academy of Fine Art, Venice 2007
As an artist, writer and researcher my interdisciplinary work concerns and is formed through the creation of a particular language which is employed to observe constructions of national histories and memories, politics. My practice is inspired by my work as a scenographer and curator, engaging with particular shifts in society. The work often interacts with a variety of fields of study and interweaves many mediums usually engaging through an appropriated form of theatricality. My doctoral work [described in further detail below] examines methods of public commemoration and structures of historical revisionism in post conflict areas, in doing so also instigating how culture and art are appropriated by nation states in order to form national identities and develop soft power. The thesis positions the state of the monument today, and more specifically in societies existing in a state of unresolved conflict. In doing so, questioning the artwork as a counter-monumental form and as an approach to unravelling issues of a resistance which exist in sites where monument-building is contested.
Currently, I am exploring how the nature of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's (SFRY) position as a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the migration of its citizens, and the development of its diplomatic identities, has affected the current status of refugees and asylum seekers in the region.
Further profile content
Proto-Immersive States: Impacts of Tourism on the Adriatic Seas and Coasts
An interview with artist Robertina Sebjanic
There are walls in front of all my windows in Living and Dying with COVID-19. Revealing Health, Social, and Political Inequalities in the UK
Excerpt of script in edited publication
‘Effects of Europeanised memory in “artworks as monuments”’ in Europeanisation and Memory Politics in the former Yugoslavia
Chapter in edited publication
'Monumenting Our Past' in Post-conflict Memorialization: Missing memorials, Absent bodies. Palgrave
Chapter in edited publication
Pause, Fervour. Reflections on a Pandemic.
Edited publication in collaboration with Journal of Visual Culture & Harun Farocki Institut.
Arts Consultant/Researcher /Producer
Oct. 2012 – present
Past Clients include: Artquest, Jasmina Cibic, Smadar Dreyfus, Nayan Kulkarni, Royal Holloway University, Firoz Lalji Center for Africa and Institute of Inequality at London School of Economics, ART: I: CURATE, Biennial Foundation, Holiday Inn Museum Sarajevo, Škuc Gallery Ljubljana, Project Atol Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, DHC/ART Montreal; Invisible Threads Films; Ministry of Culture, Slovenia
Conferences and talks
Memory, monuments, and former Yugoslavia
Guest lecture at University of the Arts
Memory and Artistic Practices in the western Balkans
Guest lecture at School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen
'Memorialisation in former Yugoslav region'
Guest lecture at European Language, Culture, and Society department, UCL
Aesthetic mechanisms: Assessing IR through artistic practice
Paper on panel (Concepts and Methods for an International Political Design) at International Studies Conference (ISA)
Grants and awards
European Commission Grant
Awarded by Creative Europe
British Academy Special Research Grants
Royal Holloway University, Department of Global Politics
2019: British Council Artist Residency
2019: Andrew W Mellon Travel Grant