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

    Lives and works in Berlin since 2011


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

2019, Nomination, Rabo Photographic Portrait Prize, NL

2018, Finalist, LensCulture Portrait Award 2018, INT'L

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

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Kulturhaus Karlshorst, 'Innere Orte', Curated by Dr. Sylvia Metz, Berlin, DE

2018, Galerie 2Raumwohnung, Verses of Emptiness ('17-'18), Berlin, DE

2015, Dommelhof, Verses of Emptiness, Neerpelt, BE

2012, Wim van Krimpen Gallery, Verses of Emptiness, Amsterdam, NL

2012, EXP12 Gallery, Verses of Emptiness, Berlin, DE

2011, Sopot Cultural Center, Sopot, SR

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

2008, National Theater, Hedda Gabler, The Hague, NL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020, Via Alloro Gallery, Amici di Berlino, Palermo, IT

2019, Collectie De.Groen, Pick Me! We Like Art, Arnhem, NL

2019, aff Galerie, Berlin Gallery Weekend, Keep Your Eyes Peeled, Berlin, DE

2018, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles / Cosmos, Family of No Men, Arles, FR

2018, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles / Cosmos, LensCulture Portrait Award, Arles, FR

2018, Somerset House, Photo London 2018, LensCulture Portrait Award, London, UK

2018, Museum Kranenburgh, B is for Bird, Bergen, NL

2018, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Petersburger Tisch, Berlin, DE 

2018, Provinciehuis Noord Holland, Monumental Landscape, Haarlem, NL

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

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


Der Greif Magazin für Fotografie, Jubilee Issue 10 Years, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL)

Het Fries Museum (NL)

Transformer Station Cleveland (US)

Stichting ArtService (NL)

and various private collections


ZEIT Online, 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

Studio Vrbaški, Photographic Portrait Workshop, 2016-present (quarterly), Berlin, DE please email for more info

University of Applied Sciences Europe, Photographic Portrait, Fall 2019, Berlin, DE

Fine Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee (KHB), Photography: Creative Process, Fall 2015, Berlin, DE

Fine Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee (KHB), Photography: Creative Process, Summer 2014, Berlin, DE

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

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