Tijana Stepanovic, Italy | UK
As part of the International Cultural Policy Team, I help cultural professionals seeking to work in or with Italy and the UK. And luckily there are many: according to DutchCulture’s database, the UK is fourth and Italy is sixth on the list of the most popular countries for Dutch cultural activities. Besides working with artists, I work closely with the Dutch embassies in London and Rome and the consulate general in Milan to ensure the best possible advice and help.
Working with different cultures comes naturally to me, I have done so ever since I was born. I inherited from my Hungarian mother and Serbian father the best of their respective cultural backgrounds, and my Dutch husband helps me to further discove and appreciate the beauty and complexity of various cultures. Perhaps this early exposure to the richness of diversity was my motive to study social and cultural psychology, art theory and literature in Budapest. Later I worked as a contemporary art curator and cultural advisor for different organisations: the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts (head of the international department), the acb Gallery (artistic director) and the OFF-Biennale Budapest (curator and board member). OFF-Biennale Budapest is one of the nine organisations invited to develop further documenta fifteen.
I have lived in the Netherlands since 2015. When not working at DutchCulture, I try to educate our two little sons to become passionate art lovers.