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Renata Poljak (b. 1974) graduated from the School of Fine Arts, Split and later spent a year in international post-diplome at the E.R.B.A.N. in France. In 2002 she was a visiting artist at San Francisco Art Institute, and in 2008 she was selected for Art In General’s residency program in New York. She was a resident in Cité des Arts and in Recollets in Paris. Poljak’s work has been exhibited widely, through solo or group shows, biennials, and film festivals. She received several awards, such as the Golden Black Box for a best short film at Berlin Black Box Festival in Cinema Babylon in 2006, and the THT award - one of the most important contemporary art awards in Croatia in 2012. In 2010 she had a retrospective of her films in the program of Prospective Cinema (Prospectif Cinéma) at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and in October 2012 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her 2013 solo exhibition Uncertain Memories in New York City was selected as Best in Show by the Village Voice. In 2014, a retrospective of her work was presented in Montreal as two parallel solo exhibitions in two art centers, Occurence and Optica. Recent group shows include Prophetia at Fundazio Joan Miro in Barcelona and Stories from the Edge at Kunsthaus Graz. In 2016, she had two major museum shows in Croatia and one at the Danubiana Art Museum in Bratislava.