Breda Beban was an artist, filmmaker, and curator/creative producer whose work deals with contemporary notions of subjectivity and emotion that occur on the margins of big stories about geography, politics and love. Breda Beban’s films and photographs are recognized as unique expressions of intimacy, vulnerability and authenticity.
Born in Novi Sad, ex-Yugoslavia in 1952, Breda Beban was raised in Macedonia and Croatia. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Starting her career as a painter and performance artist, she began to work with film, video, and photography after meeting her partner and collaborator Hrvoje Horvatić in the mid-eighties. Exiled together in 1991 after outbreak of the war in former Yugoslavia, they travelled from place to place before eventually settling in London, where they continued their collaboration until Horvatić‘s untimely death in 1997. Working independently and/or in collaboration with other artists or filmmaker, her work have been exhibited at major museums of contemporary art in Europe and the U.S. Permanent collections including Tate (UK), Speed Art Museum, Louisville (USA), Weltkunst Foundation (Zurich), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (Croatia), Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (Serbia), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (Canada), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK) and Arts Council of England.
Breda Beban lived in London and Sheffield, where she was Professor of Media Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. She passed away in 2012, leaving various projects unrealized.