OHO Award


The OHO Award was established by Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. in collaboration with the Foundation for a Civil Society and with the support of the New York-based Trust for Mutual Understanding. The aim of the OHO Award is to support young visual artists and to take them from a marginal social position to a more central role in society, with an emphasis on a positive context based on openness and creativity. The OHO Award has been named in honor of the OHO Group, most important neo-avantgard group of Slovene artists who were active in the late 1960s. Even today, this group continues to be a model and inspiration for young Slovene contemporary artists. Just as the OHO Group brought new openness, freshness, and dynamism to the world of art in the 1960s and also succeeded in penetrating the international art scene, so it is our hope that the OHO Award will exert a positive influence on the work of young Slovene artists and open doors for them into the international art world.
The OHO Award include eight weeks residency at the Residency Unlimited space in New York and solo exhibition at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana. Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. and OHO Award are also co-founders of international network YVAA, Young Visial Artists Awards.

OHO Award 2023 – Open Call

Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., Ljubljana in cooperation with the Residency Unlimited, New York and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York announces a call for applications in the competition for OHO Award 2023. The public competition for the OHO Award is intended for young visual artists under 40 years of age (including those born in the year 1983).

The award is given for a quality and innovative art work created within the last two years. Applicants may submit works in the media of painting, sculpture, graphic prints, drawing, installation, photography, video, new media and performance art. Artworks from the field of applied arts, design, theater and film are not applicable for this competition.

OHO Award 2023 Jury: Alenka Gregorič (artistic director, Cukrarna, Ljubljana), Marko Košan (curator, Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti, Slovenj Gradec), Maja Hodošček (visual artist and curator, Center sodobnih umetnosti, Celje)


  • The award is intended solely for individuals.
  • Applicants must have worked professionally for 3–5 years (after finishing their studies) and must have already participated in several group or solo exhibitions.
  • Applicants must have a good grasp of English language.
  • Finalists will be selected on the basis of their portfolio and the final exhibition. Newly created or otherwise non-exhibited works will not be decisive factors in the final selection.
  • The competition finalists will be interviewed by the jury, partially in English language.
  • The organizers and the leaders of the Young Visual Arts Awards program have the right to reject an applicant who is inadequate, who is not sufficiently prepared for the residency or who does not have a sufficient mastery of English language.
  • Artists may apply for the competition separately, either through an institution or as individuals.

The international expert jury will select from the applicant projects four (4) finalists, who will present new or still non-exhibited works in May 2023 in the group exhibition. From among the finalists, the expert jury will select and declare the winner of the OHO Award for 2023. The organizers of the OHO Award competition provide the winner a two-month artistic residency in New York, USA at Residency Unlimited and a solo exhibition in Ljubljana (P74 Gallery). The recipient of the award is obligated to travel to the USA to participate in the residency in the selected time period and upon returning, prepare a solo project in Ljubljana.

Applications for the competition OHO Award 2023 must contain:

  1. Personal data: first name, family name, address, telephone number(s), email.
  2. A short professional CV (in Slovenian and English languages) which must include the artist’s year of birth!
  3. Documentation about the submitted artworks, marked with all the pertinent details about the author and work (address, year of creation, technique, dimensions, where the work was exhibited). Documentation can contain digital images. Photographs of the submitted artworks should be high quality (300 dpi, max 3MB).
  4. A mandatory statement (max. 1 page) must also be submitted by the artist about his/her artwork or by the applicant in explanation of the artwork. The statement must also be translated into English language.

The above mentioned application elements are required. Incomplete or insufficient applications will not be accepted!

Send the application and all required documentation in electronic format (zip, rar, pdf, jpeg) on e-mail: p74info@zavod-parasite.si.

Applicants may also submit additional documentation (catalogs, texts and related) on address: Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., Galerija P74, Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana.

Submitted documentation will not be returned and remains in the archive of the archive of the OHO Award. Original works, incomplete, insufficient or late applications will not be considered in the selection.

For all additional questions, please contact us by mobile phone: +386 (0)40 370 199.

The competition will be open until 10 March 2023. Results of the competition will be announced to all applicants by the end of March 2023.

Supporters and sponsors of
the OHO Award

  • The Foundation for a Civil Society, New York
  • Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York
  • City of Ljubljana, Department of Culture
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

Honorary committee of the award

  • Marko Pogačnik
  • Mateja Kos
  • and prominent public figures from public life

Award Archive



  • Maja Bojanić
  • Ana Likar
  • Nik Erik Neubauer
  • Pita Projekt (Nina Goropečnik & Rea Vogrinčič)

Alenka Gregorič (artistic director, Cukrarna, Ljubljana), Marko Košan (curator / museum counsellor, Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenj Gradec), and Maja Hodošček (visual artist and curator, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Celje)



  • Sara Bezovšek
  • Đejmi Hadrović
  • Danilo Milovanović
  • Špela Škulj

Lilijana Stepančič (curator and critic), Tomaž Furlan (visual artist, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana) and Jaka Železnikar (visual artist, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana)



  • Jošt Franko
  • Dalea Kovačec
  • Lene Lekše
  • Neja Tomšič

Polonca Lovšin (visual artist), Igor Španjol (curator, Moderna galerija Ljubljana), Lenka Đorojević (visual artist)



  • Živa Drvarič
  • Đejmi Hadrović
  • Nika Ham
  • Živa Božičnik Rebec

Polonca Lovšin (visual artist), Iza Pevec (curator and art critic), Bojana Piškur (curator, writer)



  • Nika Ham
  • Danilo Milovanović
  • Špela Škulj
  • Tadej Vaukman

Barbara Borčić (art critic, curator), Mojca Grmek (curator), Dalibor Martinis (visual artist, Zagreb)



  • Nana Wolke
  • Đejmi Hadrović
  • Danilo Milovanović
  • Neža Knez

Sandra Sajovic (curator, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana), Jernej Kožar (curator, Art Gallery Slovenj Gradec, Slovenj Gradec), Janka Vukmir (art critic and curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Simon Hudolin (visual artist)



  • Simon Hudolin Salči (SBD)
  • Anja Jelovšek
  • Gregor Rozman
  • Nina Slejko Blom

Barnabás Bencsik (curator, Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, Budapest), Barbara Sterle Vurnik (curator, Loški muzej, Škofja Loka), Janka Vukmir (art critic and curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Igor Španjol (curator, Moderna galerija Ljubljana)



  • Boris Beja
  • Neža Knez
  • Mark Požlep
  • Tomo Stanič

Alenka Gregorič (curator and artistic director at City Art Gallery, Ljubljana), Goran Trbuljak, (visual artist, Zagreb), Breda Kolar Sluga (curator and director , UGM Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor), Staš Kleindienst (visual artist)



  • Tia Avsec
  • Boris Beja
  • Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica
  • Ana Legčević

Alenka Gregorič (curator and artistic director at City Art Gallery, Ljubljana), Goran Trbuljak (visual artist, Zagreb), Nina Skumavc (curator)



  • Sanela Jahić
  • Špela Petrič
  • Ištvan Išt Huzjan
  • Staš Kleindienst

Martina Vovk (curator, Moderna galerija Ljubljana), Janka Vukmir (art critic and curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Nina Skumavc (curator)



  • Velibor Barišić – Veli Silver
  • Meta Grgurevič
  • Dominik Mahnič
  • Oliver Pilić

Janka Vukmir (art critic and curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Tomaž Furlan (visual artist, Škofja Loka), Miran Mohar (AVA, Ljubljana)



  • Vesna Bukovec
  • Tomaž Furlan
  • Alja Piry
  • Tina Smrekar

Katerina Mirović (curator, Ljubljana), Jože Barši (ALUO, Ljubljana), Dalibor Martinis (visual artist, Zagreb), Miran Mohar (visual artist)



  • Beli sladoled
  • Ištvan Išt Huzjan
  • Nina Kočar
  • Pila Rusjan

Darko Simišić (art critic and curator, Zagreb), Majda Božeglav (curator, Obalne galerije Piran), Alenka Gregorič (curator at City Art Gallery, Ljubljana), Patrick Ward (visual artist, Ljubljana/London), Maja Hodošček (visual artist, Celje)



  • Maja Hodošček
  • Velibor Barišić
  • Matija Brumen
  • Mito Gegič

Bojana Piškur (curator, Moderna galerija Ljubljana), Polonca Lovšin (visual artist), Božidar Zrinski (curator, MGLC, Ljubljana), Janka Vukmir (art critic and curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb), Ajdin Bašić (independent graphic designer)



  • Vesna Bukovec
  • Ana Čigon
  • Tanja Vujasinović
  • Sašo Vrabič

Marinella Paderni (independent curator and critic, Bologna), Janka Vukmir (independent curator, SCCA, Zagreb), Dejan Habicht (visual artist), Marko Košan (curator, Koroška Art Gallery, Slovenj Gradec), Mladen Stropnik (visual artist)



  • Aleksandra Domanović
  • Sebastjan Leban & Staš Kleindienst
  • Small but Dangers (Mateja Rojc & Simon Hudolin-Salči)
  • Mladen Stropnik

Janka Vukmir (independent curator, SCCA, Zagreb), Christian Kravagna (art historian, Academy of Fine Art, Vienna), Igor Španjol (curator, Moderna galerija Ljubljana), Miha Presker and Luiza Margan (visual artists, Vienna/Maribor)



  • Matjaž Wenzel
  • Miha Presker and Luiza Margan
  • Jaša Mrevlje
  • Son:DA

Zdenka Badovinac (curator, director Moderna galerija Ljubljana), Urška Jurman (art historian), Anton Lederer (curator, Forum Stadtpark, Graz), Tihomir Milovac (curator, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb), Sašo Sedlaček (visual artist)



  • Nika Oblak in Primož Novak
  • Lada Cerar
  • Aleksandra Vajd
  • Sašo Sedlaček

Zdenka Badovinac (curator, director Moderna galerija Ljubljana), Lise Nelleman (artist and curator, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin), Tihomir Milovac (curator, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb), Urška Jurman (art historian), Franc Purg (visual artist, Celje)