Dubravka Sekulić

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Dubravka speaking at the [BLOK] - Lokalna baza za osvježavanje kulture, Zagreb, in October 2013. Foto: Srdjan Kovačević.

Dubravka Sekulić (1980, Niš) is an architect researching transformations of contemporary cities, at the nexus between production of space, laws and economy. She is an assistant professor at the IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz (since September 2016), after spending three years as a PhD fellow at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She studied at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade and at the Design Department of Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.

From 2003 she worked as a teaching assistant with Ivan Kucina on various programs, most of them cooperations with different schools of architecture from around the world (KTH-The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Parsons-The New School for Design, New York; The University of Technology, Vienna). From 2004-2005 she was part of a group that was running alternative cultural spaces in the former printing factory BIGZ, in Belgrade. In 2007 she collaborated with Platforma 9.81, a collective for architecture and media based in Zagreb, on the project "New spatial strategy for the city of Zagreb", a consultancy study commissioned by the city of Zagreb. She was part of the "Stadium Culture" project that Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss and the NAO developed for the New Media Center_kuda.org.

Research exhibition Three points of Support: Zoran Bojović, the architect that she curated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in 2012, followed by the book in 2013, formed the basis for her PhD project Constructing Nonalignment: The Work of Yugoslav Construction Companies in the Third World 1961-1989. In 2012 Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) published her book ‘'Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch! On Extra-legal Space in Belgrade as well as the book Surfing the Black Yugoslav black cinema and its transgression that she co-edited. Together with Branko Belaćević, Marko Miletić, Srdjan Prodanović and Jelena Stefanović she made a research exhibition Peti Park - A Struggle for Everyday, which was followed by a publication (2009).

Amongst others she was associated with the Post-Master Research Lab “In Search for Common Ground” at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm; Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht; and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2008). She sits at the advisory board of BLOK, Zagreb and is a founding member of Parity Group at ETH Zürich. She often exhibits and lectures on her researches throughout Europe.


  • with Branko Belaćević, Jelena Stefanović, Marko Miletić, and Srđan Prodanović, Peti park - Struggle for Everyday, 2009.
  • Glotzt nicht so Romantisch! On Extralegal Space in Belgrade, Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, 2012, 223 pp, PDF.
  • editor, with Gal Kirn, Žiga Testen, Surfing the Black: Yugoslav Black Wave Cinema and Its Transgressive Moments, Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, 2012, 216 pp, PDF. [1]
  • "Index of Persuasive Technologies", in La Lucha Sin Fin: On Charisma and Its Persuasive Technologies, ed. Amber Frid-Jimenez, Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, 2012. [2] [3] (English)
  • "Constructing a Non-aligned Modernity: the Case of Energoprojekt", in Unfinished Modernisations: Between Utopia and Pragmatism, eds. Maroje Mrduljaš and Vladimir Kulić, Zagreb: Croatian Architects' Association, 2012, pp 122-133. [4] (English)
  • "Constructing Non-Aligned Modernity: Zoran Bojović, the Architect", in Sweet Sixties, eds. Georg Schöllhammer and Ruben Arevshatyan, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2013. (English)
  • editor, with Katarina Krstić and Andrej Dolinka, Zoran Bojović: Tri tačke oslonca / Three Points of Support, Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013, 240 pp. Catalogue. [5] [6] (Serbian)/(English)
  • "Legal hacking and space. What can urban commons learn from the free software hackers?", derive 61 (2015); posted in Eurozine, 4 Nov 2015. (English)
  • "Legitimacy and the Extralegal: Expanding the Thin Line Between Legal and Illegal in the Densification of Post-Yugoslav Cities", in Nadogradnje: Urban Self-Regulation in Post-Yugoslav Cities, Weimar: M Books, 2015, pp 126-139. (English)
  • Izgradnja nesvrstanosti: slucaj Energoprojekta / Constructing Non-Alignment: The Case of Energoprojekt, trans. Dorde Colic, Belgrade: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015, 37 pp. (Serbian)/(English)
  • with Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak, "Taken Literally", in We Need It - We Do It: Croatia at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition / La Biennale di Venezia 2016, eds. Emina Višnić and Miranda Veljačić, Split: Platforma 9.81, 2016, pp 228-235. (English)
  • "Energoprojekt in Nigeria: Yugoslav Construction Companies in the Developing World", Southeastern Europe 41:2, 2017, pp 200-229. [7] (English)