Petra Mrša’s lens-based media work arises from initiating and facilitating situations that implement rule-based scenarios that takes art context as a site to broaden and challenge the experience of self. Through thought and physical experiments imposed on herself and/or collaborators, her art process opens up the space for creating new realities in which horizontality, radical hospitality, and the acceptance of the unknown shape interpersonal dynamics. Acquired embodied knowledge celebrates vulnerability and imagination while its documentation offers ground to connect to not just other humans but to other-than-human intelligences as well.

Petra’s interest in broadening the behavior through self-imposed instructions brought her into a three years-long research on the video game medium that additionally served as a site to open a conversation about the mechanisms of socialization in virtual reality. As an artist and educator with a background in social science and art studies, her multidisciplinary and collaborative approach can be seen as a sustainable community research that joins the seek to repair the current damage and transforms the conditions of coexistence.

Petra Mrša holds a master degree in Photography (from Academy of Dramatic Arts),  Sociology (from Faculty of Humanities and Social Science), and Psychology (from University Department of Croatian Studies). She was a first generation of the postgraduate art program WHW Akademija initiated by curatorial collective What, How & for Whom/WHW and was nominated for the Radoslav Putar award 2020. She took part in numerous residencies among which are MuseumsQuartier Wien, Cité internationale des arts,  CreArt  Bluecoat Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre. Her work was exhibited at the OSTRALE Biennale (Dresden, Germany), Museum Kunst+Wissen (Switzerland), FOTODOK (The Netherlands), Galerie L’inlassable (France) among many others. Her artworks are in several collections. She works at the Department for photography at the Academy of Applied Arts in Croatia.

Selection of solo shows


2023 Victory, Taste, Smell, Art pavilion, Zagreb, HR

2022 Digital milk, Center for Contemporary Art Celje, SI

2022 Digital milk, Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek, HR

2021 Games and stitches, Gallery Miroslav Kraljević, Zagreb, HR

2019 Are you sure you want to leave the game? Gallery Prozori, Zagreb, HR

2019 Killing, arranging, walking, Gallery Flora, Dubrovnik, HR

2019 Killing, arranging, walking, Gallery Spot, Zagreb, HR

2017 Changing conditions, changing minds, Expanded Media Gallery, Zagreb, HR

2017 Rehearsing family, Gradska galerija Labin, Labin, HR

2015 Rehearsing family, Art Workshop Lazareti, HR

2015 Rehearsing family, MKC Split, Split

2015 Rehearsing family, Mali salon,  Museum of modern and contemporary art, Rijeka, HR

2014 Rehearsing family, Gallery Kranjčar, Zagreb, HR

2015 What do you see when you close your eyes?, Photo Gallery Lang, HR

2014 Balkans brides project, Petra Mrša, OKO i Martina Miholić,  Hoxton Gallery, London, UK

2013 Controlled displacement- photographic experiments, Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, HR

2013 New school, Savignano Immagini festival, Savignano sul Rubicone, IT

2012 New school, Gallery VN, Zagreb

2012 Visual identities, Centralna postaja, Maribor, SI

2012 (Ir)replaceable, Gallery Waldinger, Osijek

2012 (Ir)replaceable, Gallery KIC, Zagreb


Selection of group shows


2022 Are you sure you want to leave?, Art quarter budapest, Budimpešta, HU

2022 Riječi za gledanje, Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti Rijeka, HR

2021 The OSTRALE Biennale, Dresden, DE

2021 Behind seven mountains and seven seas – quiet nights by the cell phone, Museum of contemporary art Zagreb, HR

2021 Symptoms Of The Future, Out of sight, Antwerpen, BE

2021 Symptoms Of The Future, Stereovizija, Beograd, RS

2020 35. Salon mladih, Dom HDLU, Zagreb, HR

2020 Ganz nove perforacije Noć performansa, Zagreb, HR

2020 Finalisti Radoslav Putar award, Salon Galić, Split, HR

2020 11. Arterija – Međunarodni festival vizualnih umjetnosti, Spasimo ugrožene vrste, Muzej–Museo Lapidarium, Novigrad, HR

2020 La ville au second regard, Gallery Window, Paris, FR

2019 What about the body? Gallery VN, Zagreb, HR

2019 United in Diversity Rijeka HR/Århus DK, DeltaLab, Rijeka, HR

2019 Women, (Be)coming, UGM Studio, Maribor, SI

2019 Open Nova, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, HR

2019 AIR, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT

2019 Midterm, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, HR

2018 Traces of Water, Galerija  Prsten, Zagreb, HR

2018 Museum Kunst+Wissen, Museum Kunst+Wissen, Diessenhofen, CH

2017 Last one out turn off the lights, Galerie L’inlassable, Paris, FR

2017 Fine del nuovo: Compra, vendi, compra, vendi…,Villa Di Toppo Florio, Udine, IT

2016 Meer teilen: share more, Shedhalle in Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld, CH

2016 VIG Special Invitation, Ringturm, Vienna, AT

2016 There is something about my family, FOTODOK, Utrecht, NL

2016 Different Worlds:Young Contemporary Photography, Foton- Center for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, SI




2022 Digital milk, Museum of fine arts Osijek, HR

2021 Symptoms Of The Future, Onomatopee Z0033, Eindhoven, NL

2019 DIS / Inheritance New Croatian Photography, Ikon Arts Foundation, New York, USA

2015 Rehearsing family, Museum of modern and contemporary art Rijeka, HR

2013 New school, Pazzini editore, Villa Verucchio, IT


Awards / grants / residencies / professional experience


2020 Radoslav Putar Award (Young Contemporary Artists Awards), finalist

2020 Come prepared to receive a present that you cannot take home, semi-public experimental gathering, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, AT

2020 Artist in Residence at Q21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, AT

2020 Filthy casual, online performance, HDLU, Zagreb, HR

2020 CreArt Rezidencija Ostanidoma, HDLU, HR

2020 Collaborator of artist David Maljković on the multidisciplinary international project With the Collection at the Museum of modern and contemporary art Rijeka, HR

2020 Invited for the Performance program of Museum of contemporary art Zagreb

2018/ 2019 Postgraduate international art program WHW Akademija with the grant, HR

2018 Artist  residency Factoria Cultural Aviles, Wom@arts project, ES

2018 Residency Kuberton, Museum Lapidarium and Galerie Krinzinger, HR, AT

2018 Residency, CreArt  AiR Bluecoat Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, UK

2017 Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, FR

2017 Residency  Spaces between land and water, organized by Silvia Maria Grossmann (Künstlerhaus, Vienna) and HDLU Zagreb, Lošinj, HR

2017 Initiator and organizer of the international site-specific workshop with the public presentation “The island is our gallery”, HR

2016 Residency and grant for Buen vivir project curated by Harm Lux, CH

2014 – 2017 Author and conductor of art workshops, talks and events taking place in: Hoxton gallery London, International school of Paris, Organ vida 2017- Open show Zagreb,

Museum of modern and contemporary art Rijeka, Foto klub Rijeka, Foto galerija Lang Samobor, Arhiv Tošo Dabac Zagreb, Academy of applied art Rijeka, Academy of Dramatic Arts Zagreb

2014 – ongoing Assistant of Photography at the Academy of applied art, HR

2014 – 2016 Coach for Art Photography in Private art gymnasium, HR

2015 Winner of the VIG special invitation, ESSL art award, HR

2014 Winner of the Ex aequo, 24. Slavonski biennale, HR

2014 Residency Punta arta – Otočka karta 2, curated by Marina Viculin, Zlarin, HR

2013 Residency and grant for realizing exhibition, IS_land II, curated by Saša Božić and Petra Hraščanec, HR

2013 Assistant at Hoxton gallery, London, UK

2012 Winner of the Best portfolio at Savignano Immagini Festival, IT

2012 Winner of the Special award for young authors at Rovinj Photodays, HR

2011 Winner of the Special award for young authors at Rovinj Photodays, HR

2005/2006 Winner of the Chancellor’s Award, University of Zagreb, HR