* 1978, Montreal, CAD. Grew up in Belgrade, RS


2006-2010, BA Photographic Studies (Cum Laude), The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL

1996-2001, BA English Literature (Honours List), University of Guelph, Guelph, CAD

Awards / Nominations

2016, Finalist, Hellerau Portrait Award 2016, DE

2016, Nomination, Photogrvphy Grant 2016, USA

2013, Finalist, Renaissance Photography Prize 2013, UK

2011, Winner, Conscientious Portfolio Competition 2011, USA

2011, Finalist, Vattenfall Fotopreis 2011, DE

2011, Nomination, Nationale Portretprijs 2011, NL

2010, Nomination, Ron Mandos Young Blood Award, NL

2009, Winner 4th Prize, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, UK

Exhibitions (Solo and Group)

2017, Unseen Fotofestival, CO-OP Der Greif, Amsterdam, NL

2017, Off Festival Bratislava, Verses of Emptiness, Bratislava, SK

2017, Istanbul Photobook Festival, My name in 100 Colophons, Istanbul, TR

2016, LhGWR Gallery, My name in 100 Colophons, The Hague, NL

2016, Hellerau Festspielhaus, Hellerau Portrait Award 2016, Dresden, DE

2015, (solo) Dommelhof, Verses of Emptiness, Neerpelt, BE

2014, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstaedter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, DE

2014, Transformer Station, Unknown: Pictures of Strangers, Cleveland, USA

2013, The Wapping Project Bankside, Renaissance Photography Prize 2013, London, UK

2012, Kominek Gallery, Dutch and Belgian Photo Book, Berlin, DE

2012, (solo) Wim van Krimpen Gallery, Verses of Emptiness, Amsterdam, NL

2012, (solo) EXP12 Gallery, Verses of Emptiness, Berlin, DE

2012, Unseen Fotofestival, Wim van Krimpen Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2011, Wim van Krimpen Gallery, No Face, Amsterdam, NL

2011, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield Artist's Book Prize, Sheffield, UK

2011, Galerie Huit Penang, Open Salon, Penang, MY

2011, Galerie Huit, Open Salon, Arles, FR

2011, (solo) Sopot Cultural Center, Sopot, SR

2011, Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie, Talent II, Amsterdam, NL

2011, V8 Verlag Gallery, Labor Ost, Cologne, DE

2011, Art Amsterdam, Wim van Krimpen Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2010, Kasteel Duivenvoorde, Portrait Pavilion, Voorschoten, NL

2010, Fotomuseum Den Haag, Photo Academy Award, The Hague, NL

2010, Ron Mandos Gallery, Young Blood Award 2010, Amsterdam, NL

2010, PhotoOff, Wim van Krimpen Gallery, Paris, FR

2010, ewz-Unterwerk Selnau, LaborOst, Swiss Photo Award, Zurich, CH

2010, The New Art Gallery, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Walsall, UK

2010, The Shipley Art Gallery, Taylor Wessing Photog. Portrait Prize, Gateshead, UK

2009, The National Portrait Gallery, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, London, UK

2009, Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie, Vision, Amsterdam, NL

2008, (solo) Royal Theater, Long Days Journey into Night, The Hague, NL

2008, City Hall The Hague, Huurcomissie Jaarverslag. The Hague, NL

2008, (solo) National Theater, Hedda Gabler, The Hague, NL


Der Greif Magazin für Fotografie, Issue 7, pp. 35 and 65, 2013

Goodrum, Sarah, A New/Old Ethics of the Photographic Portrait: Mirjana Vrbaski’s “Verses of  Emptiness”, AfterImage Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Vol. 40, No. 1, Rochester, July/August 2012

Eva Brunner, Verses of Emptiness, in Brennpunkt Magazin für Fotografie, Berlin, Maerz 2012

Portraits, in FOAM Album 2012, Foam Press, Amsterdam 2012

Verses of Emptiness, on the SIP Shpilman Institute for Photography blog, Jan 9, 2011

Joerg Colberg, A Conversation with CPC 2011 Winner Mirjana Vrbaski, on the Conscientious photography blog, October 12, 2011

Erik Vroons, Verses of Emptiness, in GUP International Photography Magazine, Issue 29, pp.88-95, text by Erik Vroons

Portretten, Het Klokhuis, October 20, 2011, 18:23, NTR

NRC-NEXT, June 25, 2010, No. 71, pp.16-17

Re-Foto, October 2009, No. 63, pp.8


Martin Morgenstern (ed.), Hellerau Portrait Award Catalogue, Dresden, 2016

Henriette Straub (ed.), 125 Years in Silent Pictures: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam 2013

Isabelle Meiffert (ed.), Vattenfall Fotopreis 2011, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld/Berlin 2011

Horst Kloever (ed.). LabOst, pp.236-243, Photeur.net: Berlin 2010

Mane Radmanovic (ed.), Studio Pure Presents 5, pp.36-47, Studio Pure: Belgrade 2010

Verses of Emptiness, self-published, Amsterdam 2010


The National Portrait Gallery (UK)

Het Fries Museum (NL)

Bidwell Projects (US)

Stichting ArtService (NL)

and various private collections


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, FOAM Fotografie Museum, Nederlands Letterenfonds, Fonds Podium Kunsten, Wolkenridder Magazine, The Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague), The Royal Conservatoire (The Hague), National Theater (Het Nationale Toneel), Den Haag Centraal, Via Handelskade/Ministerie van VROM

Teaching & Lectures

Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Photography: Creative Process, Fall 2015, Berlin, DE

Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Photography: Creative Process, Summer 2014, Berlin, DE

The Royal Academy of Art, Guest Lecture: The Silent Portrait, March 11, 2011, The Hague, NL

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