Mária Beňačková Rišková

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Photo: Petra Rjabinin.
Born Dobrá Voda, Slovakia
Lives in Bratislava and Dobrá Voda, Slovakia

Mária Beňačková Rišková (1974, Dobrá Voda) is a curator, editor, and independent expert in the field of design, multimedia, and cultural heritage. From 2016-2020 she worked as head of the Slovak Design Center in Bratislava.

She holds a Master's Degree in History of Art and Culture from Trnava University (1998) where she studied at the Faculty of Humanities in the Department of History of Art and Culture. Mária has coordinated and participated in a number of contemporary art programs, independent spaces and experimental projects across Slovakia and Central Europe. From January 2001 to 2003 she was as a curator, program co-ordinator and manager of the gallery and club Buryzone which she initiated together with STUPIDesign. She coordinated Multiplace festival for new media culture (2002-2004). In 2003, Mária co-started the BURUNDI media lab, and later in 2005 co-founded 13m3 organisation devoted to exploring new modes of cultural presentation. In 2013 she co-founded the Slovak Design Museum in Bratislava which she led until December 2015. From January 2016 to December 2020 she worked as a director of the Slovak Design Center in Bratislava. She has started a reform of the institution and coordinated or curated a number of projects. In 2016 Searching for Beauty (a multimedia exhibition and project by the Slovak Design Center and Ové Pictures representing Slovakia during the presidency of the Council of the European Union, Parlamentarium, Brussels) or in 2019 Velvet Generation exhibition that took place at The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London as a part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of November '89. From 2018 to 2020 she was a leader of the project Design & Innovation. Cross-border Cooperation of Design Institutions in Digital Age, supported by the cooperation program INTERREG V-A Slovakia-Austria 2014 – 2020. The main aim of this project was to create Slovak-Austrian research cooperation, which was focused on the research of the most recent findings in the field of design and search for answers to the question of the use of technical and digital progress to improve the existence of society as a whole and develop sustainable solutions. As a part of the Design & Innovation project, Mária curated the exhibition titled Human by Design, Probing Social and Methodological Innovation in Design. The exhibition presented concepts, methods, model situations, case studies, innovative solutions that express an urgent desire for change and sustainability, as well as examples of practical solutions and ways of thinking of young generations of designers and theorists. The exhibition in Bratislava was realised as a part of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2019. Mária taught the history of new media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and history of multimedia art at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the University of Technology, Brno. She has edited publications for a number of projects. She lives in Bratislava and Dobrá Voda.


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