Founding Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska Berlin
Marina Paulenka is the founding director of exhibitions at Fotografiska Berlin, where she is responsible for the museum’s exhibition strategy, artistic vision and affairs. With 15 years of experience in artistic direction, curating, education, leadership, management and development in culture and art institutions and organisations, but also in her artistic practice, Paulenka was the Artistic Director of UNSEEN Foundation and UNSEEN, an Amsterdam-based platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists. Before her role at Unseen, she worked as Director and Chief Curator of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia.
She is a member of the Creative Committee at the Bristol Photo Festival, a guest curator at FUTURES Photography, and a keynote curator for the FORMAT21 International Photography Festival. She is the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for the best curator/exhibition of the year for the “Engaged, Active, Aware: Women Perspectives Now” exhibition.
Paulenka nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, and 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, Hamburg Triennial, Plat(t)form Winterthur, Robert Capa Prize and FORMAT.