Irena Pejovic (maiden: Kojkova, b. 1981, Gevgelija, Macedonia; lives and works in Cranford, NJ) received her BFA and MFA from Montclair State University. Pejovic makes events that go beyond the visual realm, choreographing movements that turn the audience into an explorer of a world that is active and becoming—as a set of unfolding relationships—in a way that they have not before. In her work, the audience is moving-sensing, using vision, sound, navigation, feeling texture, color, scale, being both mobile and immobile. The work, the space and the viewer take an equal part in the making of the events.
Recent solo exhibitions include Galerija AMAM, Gevgelija, Macedonia; Galerija Karas, Zagreb, Croatia; Gallery MC, New York, NY; and Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Selected group exhibitions include: 2016 Filmideo, Index Art Center and Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; 2015. Forms of Repetition, Glasshouse Artlifelab, Brooklyn, NY, an evening dedicated to durational performances.; dirt-e, Central Booking, New York City, curated by Ben Davis; 2014. Sliver, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, USA; 2013. Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand, curated by Jayson Keeling, Lower East Side Printshop, New York City; New Print Show, Bushwick Print Lab, Brooklyn, NY; 2012. Legacy Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ.
Irena Pejovic was part of SWIM, a theatre piece by Robert Whitman. Recent residencies include 2015 and 2016 self-funded research on Lefkada and Milos Island in Greece; 2012 Artist in Residence at London Print Studio, London, UK. In 2012, she served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Her work is included in the Contemporary Print Collection of the Museum of Arts and Crafts (Muzej za Umjetnost i Obrt), in Zagreb, Croatia. Pejovic was awarded the 2013 Step Beyond Travel Grant from the European Cultural Foundation, the 2014, 2015 Exhibition Grant and 2016 Publishing Grant from the City of Gevgelija, Macedonia. She is the recipient of the 2014 UMD John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship Award.
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