* 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

2022, Stiftung Kunstfonds Neustart Kultur Stipendium, DE

2021, Käthe-Dorsch-und-Agnes-Straub Grant, DE

2020, Käthe-Dorsch-und-Agnes-Straub Grant, DE

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

2023, Day Notes (upcoming), Haus Am Kleistpark, Berlin, DE

2023, Odd Time (upcoming), Literaturhaus Berlin, Berlin, DE

2022, Odd Time, Cultural Center of Belgrade/ARTGET, Belgrade, RS

2019, Innere Orte, Kommunale Galerie Kulturhaus Karlshorst, Berlin, DE

2015, Verses of Emptiness, Kulturdomein Dommelhof, Neerpelt, BE

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022, Art & Nature, 39 Positions from Contemporary Photography, Marsano, Berlin, DE

           with Ingar Krauss, Paul Hutchinson, Anett Stuth, Anna Lehmann-Brauns et al

2021, Women - Photographs, Fuentes Angarita Collection, Miami, US

2020, Genesis Discovery Award, Encontros da Imagem Festival, Braga,  PT

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

            with Nanne Meyer, Joachim Schmid, Stefan Koppelkamm

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

            with Michael Danner, Jessica Backhaus, Göran Gnaudschun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010, Portrait Pavilion, Kasteel Duivenvoorde, Voorschoten, NL 

           with Rineke Dijkstra, Koos Breukel, Hans Aarsman

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

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

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

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

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


Sean O'Hagan, 'Pandemic park life and a secret knitting cult: the best photography books of 2021', The Guardian, December 22, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/dec/22/pandemic-park-life-and-a-secret-knitting-cult-the-best-photography-books-of-2021

Diane Smyth, 'Severed from home, Serbian photographer Mirjana Vrbaski searches again for the familiar', The Calvert Journal, January 5, 2022, https://www.calvertjournal.com/features/show/13381/mirjana-vrbashki-serbia-canada-emigre-photography

Joerg Colberg, 'Odd Time', Conscientious Photography Magazine, July 19, 2021, https://cphmag.com/odd-time/

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

Sarah Goodrum, 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, March 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', Conscientious Photography Magazine, October 12, 2011, http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/a_conversation_with_cpc_2011_winner_mirjana_vrbaski/

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, Ernst Busch Hochschule für Schauspielkunst HfS, FOAM Fotografie Museum, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nederlands Letterenfonds, Fonds Podium Kunsten, The Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague), The Royal Conservatoire (The Hague), National Theater (Het Nationale Toneel), Via Handelskade/Ministerie van VROM

Teaching & Lectures

Studio Vrbaški, Photographic Portrait Workshop, 2016-present (quarterly), Berlin, DE get in touch

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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