photo by Dan Perjovschi, CAA Bucharest, Oct 2008.

Ana Devic


Ana Devic received a B.A. in Art History and Comparative Literature, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Since 1997 she has been working as an art critic and curator. She has contributed to many cultural magazines and numerous exhibition catalogues.

She is one of the founding members of an independent curatorial collective What, How & for Whom/WHW (with Ivet Curlin, Natasa Ilic and Sabina Sabolovic and designer and publicist Dejan Krsic) based in Zagreb, Croatia. WHW's activities are exploring the potentials of critical curatorial practice capable of generating innovative models of self-representation and self-organization within the realm of contemporary art. Since May 2003 WHW has been running the program of Gallery Nova - non-profit city owned gallery in the center of Zagreb.

Ana Devic had also worked for the Gallery of Modern Art, Zagreb as a coordinator of an exhibition program of Studio Josip Racic in Zagreb where she curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions.

Ana Devic was guest of workshop and lecture series The Producers organized by Kunsthalle Budapest in cooperation with ACAX.

'What, How & for Whom' (WHW) is a non-profit organization for visual culture and curators’ collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb, Croatia. Its members are curators Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. Since May 2003 WHW has been directing the program of Gallery Nova - non-profit, city owned gallery in Zagreb. WHW is currently curating the 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009).

Among WHW's international shows are: "What, How & for Whom, on the occasion of 152nd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto", Association of Croatian Artists, Zagreb, Croatia, 2000; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, 2001; "Broadcasting project, dedicated to Nikola Tesla", Technical Museum, Zagreb, Croatia, 2002; "START" City gallery Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 and Gallery Karas Zagreb, Croatia, 2003; "Looking Awry" Apexart, New York, 2003; "Repetition: Pride and Prejudice", Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia, 2003; "Side-effects", Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2004; "Collective Creativity", Kunsthalle Fridericianum, 2005; "Final Exhibition", Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2005; "Normalization, dedicated to Nikola Tesla", Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2006; "Here and Now Real, Not Yet Concrete", Mala Galerija, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, 2006; "Ground Lost", Forum Stadtpark, Graz & Gallery Nova, Zagreb, 2007; "All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go", Gallery TranzitDisplay, Prag, 2007.

WHW published several books ("Against Indifference" selected essays by Renata Salecl, "Hieroglyphs of the Future" selected essays by Brian Holmes, "Zagreb, 16/6/01" book of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Croatian artists, reader for the "What, How and for Whom" exhibition with essays by Slavoj Žižek, Richard Barbrook, Boris Buden, Fredric Jameson, Charles Esche...) and regularly publishes Gallery Nova newspapers.