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A collaboration between Geert Wachtelaer and Daniela Ratkajec


A creative platform to conceive audiovisual art projects with a relationship

to visual inspiration which is conceived from photography and an inner life.

Non Unexpected Encounters


Daniela Ratkajec

The work of Daniela Ratkajec is mostly focused on researching of different inner states and awarenesses, different relations, layered states and tensions between subjects and the unknown. She captures time, space and some appearances through possible visual identity's - mostly inspired by a metaphysical point of view, also observing transition of different states and forms, exploring and studying the relationships of matter and spirit. As her work consists of layered structures, she mostly do interventions in the field of mixed media, often using photography as a an essential element. 


Born in Baden (Swiss) on March 9, 1973. Graduated graphic and history of art in 1999. at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, (class of prof. D. Babić). Exhibited on several solo and group exhibition at home and abroad. Since 1999. - member of artistic fondation Romualdo del Bianco from Firenze. Member of the fencing club Rapir, (organizing many actions and performances which include fencers - since 2002). Participated in two months residency program in 2010, Cité Internationale des Arts-Paris.

Solo exhibitions


Bookshop Moderna vremena, (drawings), Zagreb


Nova Gallery, (two installations in space), Zagreb


SC Gallery, Marko Polo - (objects and drawings), Zagreb


Ex – magazzini Gallery, (installation White, with A. Pedišić), Rome

Bjelovar city museum ;installation "Transit", (with A. Kadoić)


Galženica Gallery,(space installation), Velika Gorica


Zagreb fair; Sport & boat fair; - video (subject: fencing, with members of Croatian fencing alliance) 

Gallery of Matica hrvatska, Time break through, ( installation with members of Croatian fencing alliance : O.Debić, B.Jovanović, M.Briški and A. Popovčić),Zagreb 


Vladimir Nazor Gallery, multymedia project OS II , (fencers in action, video and photographs)

(with members of Croatian fencing alliance : M.Briški, M. Zmaić, A. Popovčić and M. Kadoić), Zagreb

City of Zagreb – actions on the streets, in the shops, restorants and in the tramways, ( fencers under full-equipment appearing in public places /acting as ordinary people, photo – documentation)


Club Fanatic, program Art on Tuesday, Absence, ( photo-objects), Zagreb 


CEKAO Gallery, photo-objects


NANO Gallery, 'Transitions' -b&w photography 


Varazdin City Museum, 'Prijelazi /Transitions', photographs Paris cycle 

Group exhibitions 


Salon I.Kršnjavi, Scholl of applied arts, (graphics), Zagreb 


Old Townhall, Paunovac 93., (graphics), Zagreb 


Croatian scholl museum, Paunovac 94.,(graphics), Zagreb 


Institute of Croatian association of artists, 24. Youth Salon, (multy-media project 

Quadrofolium, with musicians: M.Elezović and M.Sedak Benčić, and A. Pedišić), Zagreb 


Gemeinderaum der Kirche St.Lucas, Exhibition of students from Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Graz 


SC Gallery, exhibition of graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Zagreb 

Gallery Filodrammatica, Young artists from Rijeka and their guests, Rijeka 

Home of I.G. Kovačić, 25.Zilik, (paintings and drawings), Karlovac


Vivahotel Alexander, Project Collage, (drawings and collages),international project of the Fondation R. del Bianco; (with A.Horvat, K. Lenard, I. Zafranović and D. Sušac), Florence 

Museum of Town Karlovac, international mail-art exhibition, Karlovac 


Institute of Croatian association of artists, 36. Zagreb Salon, 7 gazes,(in concept Inner spaces of selector B. Valušek)


Academia Cravatica, The challenge of the Cravat, international project, (3 photographs-fencers wearing cravats 


Institute of Croatian association of artists , 39. Zagreb Salon, OP I, (selector M.Lučić); (3 black 

and white photographs, performing actions with fencers M. Borošak and A. Maravić and M.Kadoić on camera) 

Gallery of Matica hrvatska, Identity, (with S. Bezinović, M. Crnobrnja, S. Juranić, I. B.Mandić, D.NAZOR)Zagreb


Kino Europa, Jewish Film Festival London-Zagreb; exhibition of photographs "Ttraces of Jewish Culture" 


Institute of Croatian association of artists , 45. Zagreb Salon "Market"


Tošo Dabac Archive , 3. Photography days, exhibition of the workshops participants


HDLU 6. Croatian Triennial of Graphic Art, Zagreb

Student award from Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and Romualdo del Bianco Fondation; 1999.;

participation on Project Collage, international art-project in Florence,(with A.Horvat, K.Lenard, I. Zafranović and D. Sušac) 

Residency: Cité Internationale des Arts,Paris, 5.,6. /2010. 

Participation in the workshop "Shooting without viewfinder and focusing" - by Marko Ercergović,

26. i 27. 4. 2011., Archive Tošo Dabac


The description of the structure called "normal," "normative," "central," "ideal,"this possibility of transgression must be integrated as an essential possibility. The possibility of transgression cannot be treated as though it were a simple accident-marginal or parasitic. It cannot be, and hence ought not to be, and this passage from can to ought reflects the entire difficulty. In the analysis of so-called normal cases, one neither can nor ought, in all theoretical rigor, to exclude the possibility of transgression. Not even provisionally, or out of allegedly methodological considerations. It would be a poor method, since this possibility of transgression tells us immediately and indispensably about the structure of the act said to be normal as well as about the structure of law in general.


The ways in which Suzanne Langer failed to teach us. Imagine somehow who was blind all of his/her life and suddenly they can see ... can one connect images to a sound ? Or recto verso ? Do they fit ?



Geert Wachtelaer

Born: Aalst, Belgium 1964
Lives: Zagreb, Croatia
Education: 1988 BA at the Rits, school for audiovisual and performing arts - techniques, Brussels 

Solo exhibitions(selection)


'Waiting for Freud', Galerija Nano, Zagreb (Croatia) curator Martina Mezak 


'Art in Antwerp (ANINA)', Internationaal Pershuis, Antwerpen (Belgium)

Exhibitons (selection)


'Mediage' ,De Werf, Aalst (Belgium)


Salon 08, Aalst (Belgium)
Nieuw Amsterdam, New York (USA)
Kunstevenement De drempel, Wevelgem (Belgium)


CITYPULSE Lowell, 119 Gallery, Lowell (USA)
Patagonia Electrónica Festival, Punta Arenas (Chili)
'Beyond', Moka Gallery, Chicago (USA) Moka Gallery curator Jhonmar Castillo 
Danscamdanse festival, Film-plateau, Gent (Belgium)
'Facing the river', East Art Center, Chicago (USA) curator Aldo Castillo
Loop Festival, Barcelona (Spain)
ART Santa Fe, El Museo de Cultural, New Mexico (USA)Moka Gallery
Videominuto PopTV 2007, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy)
Art Now Fair Miami, Miami (USA) Moka Gallery
'Diva', video art fair, Paris (France) Moka Gallery (now Moka productions)
'If I Can't Dance', MuKHA, Antwerpen (Belgium)


'Semantikon, ARCANA', New York (USA)
City hall, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)
Augustinus Muziekcentrum, Antwerpen (Belgium)
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (Belgium
OLV-ter-Potterie, Brugge (Belgium)
Flagey, Brussel (Belgium)
Metu Video Festival, Ankara (Turky)
Synch Festival, Athene (Griekenland)
Videominuto, Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Arts of Prato (Italy)
Europian film festival 'For the first five', Neubrandenburg (Germany)
'PI performance & intermedia' festival, National Museum, Szczecin (Poland)
Les instants video, l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence, Text and Texture (France)
CITYPULSE 4, santiago media art festival, Santiago (Chili) 
Biennale 3000, Sao paulo (Brazilia)


Les inattendus, contempory art evenement, Parijs (France)
Detroit International Film and Video Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Detroit (USA)
Art in your Face, Malmö (Sweden)
Cortodrome, short filmfestival, Bari (Italy)
Optica2005, Video-art and Contemporary Photography, Gijón (Spain)
bac!05 - international festival of contemporary art, Barcelona (Spain)
'Nuit Blanche', M°Bibliothèque, Parijs (France) 
Videohm, OHM Lounge Syracuse, New York (USA)curator Coutney Rile


Norapolis 2004, International festival of multimedia, Metz (France)
Festival International cinema nouvelles générations, Lyon (France)
'The Drake Hotel: notes from the underground with Steve Reinke', s.l., Toronto (Canada)
Heaven Gallery, Chicago (USA)
PLAY III - International Video Art Festival -Museo de Arte "Ángel M. De Rosa", Junìn, Buenos Aires (Argentinia)
Biennale Internazionale di Ferrara, Castello Estense, Ferrara (Italy)
Festival 'Musiques Volantes', Metz (France)


'Information days', Argos Arts, Brussel (Belgium)


There are parallels between filmprojection and psycho-analyses. Freud called his psycho-analyses in the beginning a form of art. Mechanisms of projection is the base of Freud’s 'Jenseits des Lustprinzipes'.




In the silence of the room. Traces of your presence. Were you here? Were you ever here?

An absence that transforms into an existential space that I cherish every day.
Are you here? Where are you now?
An invitation to the viewer in order to be subject to hidden

images from our collective memory and to reveal. the interaction
between the spectator and the pictures shows the individual to perceive and to think in space and time and the concept of "continuity" to investigate. The body of the viewer as well as the body is shown - in all its
complexity - has much more to say than we think or believe to

Art makes no representation, no 'message'. And yet images give insight and hope, as they are fundamental experiences and synthesize incarnate.
Then they get the deep stirrings of our existence, and they shake us awake. They give us the courage without embarrassment, 'in truth' from life and from ourselves


In the Dark