Born in 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia
Based in Haarlem, The Netherlands
I grew up in the Slovenian region of Zasavje where relics of the industrial revolution clash against a backdrop of a narrow river valley and lush hills — it is an environment of contrasts.
My initial academic path of becoming an art historian brought me to a basic understanding of the LGBTQIA+ activism. I learned that our resilience as queer people drove us to carve ourselves out a space, disregarding any political system. Through photography I learned how to tell personal stories by visual means. Gradually, I embraced the compelling power of moving image.
In my own work, I rewrite personal stories and observations into fictional narratives and scripts which reveal the inner lives of our personae. Combined with soundscapes and performance, my work triggers mental undercurrents.
The same goes for works I choose as a curator: I believe in the intensity of immersive moving image that can stir up the audience's emotional landscape. 

As a teacher, I strive to create a space in which my students give life to their alter egos, while they learn skills for managing their ambitious moving image projects.
Don't hesitate to send me a message. I am open for conversations, collaborations, contact. I am eager to learn more and give more! 
info@iztokk.com
T: +31 6 1 35 36 30 1
Education
HKU / Didactic skills, part A (BKE Didactische bekwaamheid, deel A) 2020
KABK – Royal Academy of Art / Bachelor of design - Photography 2008 - 2012, The Hague
Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana / University graduate in art history (univ. dipl. um. zgod.) 1998 - 2006
Freie Universität Berlin / Art History (Erasmus exchange) 2004
I. gimnazija v Celju / Grammar school 1994 - 1998, Celje

Work experience
Iztokk - Self-employed filmmaker, photographer, teacher and curator 2012 - present
KABK Academy-wide education - Film and queer film courses 2019 - 2023, The Hague
KABK BA Photography - Moving image tutor 2019 - 2023, The Hague 

HKU BA Fashion Design - Film tutor 2016 - 2021, Utrecht

Lectures and workshops
Royal Conservatoire - DIY Music Video - lecture and workshop 2022, The Hague
KABK BA Fine Arts - Film and photography elective 2020, The Hague
Klub Monokel, Legebitra, Društvo DIH - Photography in the LGBTQ+ scene in Slovenia 2006, Ljubljana, Koper

Community work
The Bookstore Project - BANK artist studios 2016 - 2017, Amsterdam
The Bookstore Project - Host at Homeland community house 2015 - 2016, Amsterdam
Trojka student magazine - Graphic designer 2002 - 2003, Zagorje ob Savi
Klub Šoht - Head coordinator of student events 2002 - 2003, Hrastnik

Grants, prizes and nominations
Fonds Kwadraat / Stories 2021
Honourable Mention – Festival Tresk #12 / PTSD 2021
Project subsidy – AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) / Remembering the Nights in Safe Haven 2020
Stipendium Program for Emerging Artists – Mondriaan fund / Safe Place 2016
1st prize: Different Worlds – Young Contemporary Photography, Photon / Afterlife 2015, Ljubljana
Steenbergen prize nomination, Nederlands Fotomuseum / My Men 2012, Rotterdam
Thesis prize nomination, KABK / I want to have a good year again 2012, The Hague

Catalogues
Eye Filmmuseum / Adonia 2023, Amsterdam
Rencontres Internationales / Remembering the Nights in Safe Haven 2022, Paris, Berlin
Slovenian Film Database / PTSD 2021, Ljubljana 
Eye Filmmuseum / Remembering the Nights in Safe Haven 
2020, Amsterdam
Rencontres Internationales / Safe Place 2018, Paris, Berlin
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision / Healing the Feeling 2016, Hilversum
Eye Filmmuseum / My Men 2013, Amsterdam

Media and published work 
Račka Festival 2022, Based on True Stories. Spaces and Articulations of Sexuality 1990 - 2022, Center for Contemporary Arts 2022, exhibition Catalogue, Celje
Tiffany ARTikulacija, Kulturni center Q 2021, interview, Ljubljana
Uncovering Creatives #9, hosted by Jennifer Muntslag, Pakhuis de Zwijger 2020, interview, Amsterdam
Unlocked Book 2015, photo book, Athens, Paris

Shows, screenings and events
38. LGBT Film Festival 2022, screening, Ljubljana
39. KasselerDokfest 2022, screening, Kassel
Queer in Wonderland, Ekko 2022, screening, Utrecht
Post Pxrn Film Festival 2022, screening, Warsaw
Festival Račka, Center for Contemporary Art 2022, group show and performance, Celje
Satyrs and Maenads 2021, screening, Athens

Museumnacht Amsterdam: Silent Night, Sexyland World 2021, group show, Amsterdam
PFF Vienna 2021, screening, Vienna
Fuck Culture, Descriptive, Raum D 2021, group show, Vienna
Festival Tresk #12 2021, screening, Ljubljana
Eye on Art, Eye Filmmuseum 2021, screening, Amsterdam

Online premiere, Melkweg Expo 2020, screening, Amsterdam
PFF Vienna 2020, screening, Vienna
Street gallery during the epidemic, Fotogank & TAM-TAM 2020, group show, Ljubljana
Mint-Switch Festival, Roodkapje and Burgertrut 2020, screening, Rotterdam
Festival Sonica 2019, music festival, Ljubljana
Gaida Festival 2018, music festival, Vilnius
Mint-Switch festival, Roodkapje 2018, screening, Rotterdam
Sandberg Series 2017, The One Minutes 2017-2018, group show, various locations: 
Sandberg Instituut, Museum Hilversum, Museum de Fundatie, Dortmunder U, Bonnefantenmuseum, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Art Museum of Nanjing University

Cure Park. Art of Care 2017, screening, Amsterdam
Eighteen 29 #4 2017, group show, Amsterdam
Prospects & Concepts – Art Rotterdam 2017, group show, Rotterdam
The One Minutes / Eco vs. Ego 2016, group show, various locations:
Sandberg Instituut, Museum Hilversum, Museum de Fundatie, Dortmunder U, Bonnefantenmuseum, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Art Museum of Nanjing University, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven
Exhibition #2 – BANK 2016, group show, Amsterdam
Different Worlds – Young Contemporary Photography, Photon 2015, group show, Ljubljana
The Bookstore Project Space 2015, solo show, Amsterdam
Trash the house #2 2015, group show and event, The Hague
Undertow, Showroom MAMA 2014, group show, Rotterdam
Close, Het Nutshuis and Acte de présence 2014, group show, The Hague
You Made Me Love You, Derde Wal 2014, group show, Nijmegen
Pop-up Pride 2013, group show, Amsterdam
Plat(t)form 2013, Fotomuseum Winterthur 2013, portfolio review, Winterthur
Now or never #2, GEM 2013, group show, The Hague
Steenbergen prize show, Nederlands Fotomuseum 2012, group show, Rotterdam
Nu, KABK graduation show 2012, group show, The Hague
Bandits-Mages Festival 2011, screening, Bourge
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