BIOGRAPHY

igor-coko

 

 Igor Čoko was born in Knin, Croatia in 1975. He holds a degree in Ethnology and Anthropology.
In his role of visual anthropologist, he uses his camera to capture and explore the sensibility of the street life, its people and life of stigmatized social groups.
He is a editor in chief at the Grain photo magazine that showcase street and documentary photography.
His photographs are published in leading magazines and newspapers from former Yugoslavia states and Europe. 
 He lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
Photo books
“Trapped – Hell is round the corner” e book, Belgrade 2018.
“Subversive street aesthetic – Scenes from sumptuous reality”, Belgrade 2017.
“Living behind bars in the Belgrade County Jail”, Belgrade 2016.
Awards:
ReFoto magazine, Belgrade – “Identity” theme at the annual photo contest for 2018.  2nd place for the story “Living behind bars”.
Rovinj Photo Days 2018. – 3rd place in category “Documentary photography” for the story “Karaburma my ghetto”. 
World Street Photography – Special mention for the story “Karaburma my ghetto” at Alex Coghe’s documentary series competition, 2018.
Press Photo Serbia 2017. first prize for the best reportage in category “Life reportage” for the story “Karaburma my ghetto”. 
8th International exibition “Fokus” – 2nd place for the story “Living behind bars”, Fier, Albania, 2017.
Interfer Zlatna Nika reportage festival, 22nd edition – 2nd place for the story “Living behind bars”, Belgrade, 2017. 
Best photography at  “My Belgrade” photo contest for the photo from “Scenes from sumptuous reality” series. Belgrade, 2017.
Press Photo Serbia 2016. first prize for the best reportage in category “Life reportage” for the story “Living behind bars”. 
Solo exhibitions:
 “Karaburma, my ghetto”, Small Gallery KC Laza Kostic, Sombor, Serbia, 2018.
“Living behind bars”, “Grain fest”, gallery Reflektor, Užice, Serbia, 2018.
 “Karaburma, my ghetto”, Belgrade Photo Month festival gallery Eurocentar, Belgrade, Serbia, 2018.
“Living behind bars”, “The Old globe – Sheakspeare behind bars” conference, San Diego, USA, 2018.
“Living behind bars”, Cultural center Parobrod, Belgrade, Serbia. 2017.
‘Subversive Street Aesthetics’, exhibition and book promotion, Students library “Svetozar Markovic”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Trapped”, European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, 2017
‘Subversive Street Aesthetics’, exhibition and book promotion at Reflektor gallery,  Užice, Serbia 2017.
“Living behind bars”, City House, Sombor, Serbia, 2017.
‘Subversive Street Aesthetics’, Malabar coffee bar & gallery, Novi Beograd, Serbia, 2017.
“Trapped”, Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi, Milan, Italy, 2017.
“Living behind bars”, Cultural center Rojc, Pula, Croatia. 2017.
“Trapped”, Belgrade Photo Month festival gallery Eurocentar, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
Photos from the “Trapped” series, presented at the conference “Migrations and refugees: regional challenges, local solutions”, organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung foundation, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Living behind bars” book promotion and exhibition, Bartselona gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
 “Scenes from sumptuous reality”, Process gallery, Belgrade, Serbia 2016.
‘Subversive Street Aesthetics’, Bartselona gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, 2015.
‘Subversive Street Aesthetics’, gallery at Fortress, Knin, Croatia, 2014.
 ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, Gallery 144, Belgrade, Serbia, 2014.
Presentations:
“Living behind bars”  presentation and speech at “Photo association of Serbia festiva” , Sombor, 2018.  
 “Living behind bars” and “Trapped”  presentation and speech at “Media Association photo school ” , Belgrade, 2018.  
“Living behind bars” presentation and speech at “Regional visual anthropology development panel” , Museum of Ethnography, Belgrade, 2018. 
Photography workshops with inmates from Belgrade County Jail, Belgrade, Serbia, 2018.
Street photography class at Fabrika fotografa photo school, Belgrade, Serbia,  2018.
“Trapped” on debate about activism and empathy, “4 countries, 1 language program” , Belgrade Book Fair, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi,  “Trapped” series presentation and speech Milan, Italy, 2017.
Fabrika fotografa photo school, presentation of “Living behind bars”, “Trapped” and “Subversive street aesthetic” series, Belgrade, Serbia,  2017.
Faculty of Philosophy Belgrade, Ethnology and Anthropology department, presentation of “Living behind bars” and “Subversive street aesthetic” series, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Living behind bars” series, shown as a “Honorable mention” by Willie Osterman, main selector at the Rovinj Photo Days Festival, Rovinj, Croatia, 2017.
Sacramento City College, USA: Presentation of my photographs from”Subversive street aesthetic” series , Sacramento, USA, 2017.
University of Lisbon, Portugal: Presentation of my photographs from the “Trapped” series, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017.
University of Valladolid, Spain: Presentation of my photographs from the “Trapped” series, Valladolid , Spain, 2017.
Coffee bar Kula: presentation of “Living behind bars” and “Subversive street aesthetic” series, Belgrade, Serbia, 2016.
Photo club Vojvodina: presentation of “Living behind bars” and “Subversive street aesthetic” series, Novi Sad, Vojvodina, 2016.
Sharpshooters project at Belgrade photo month: presentation of “Living behind bars” and “Subversive street aesthetic” series, Belgrade, Serbia, 2016.
“So long Atila!” photo story, presented at  Periskop no. 39, Belgrade, Serbia 2016.
Group exhibitions:
“Karaburma my ghetto” at World street photography 5 group exhibition, Hamburg, Germany, 2018.
“Karaburma my ghetto” at Rovinj Photo Days Finalists group exhibition, Rovinj, Croatia, 2018.
“Identity” group exhibition organized by ReFoto magazine, Belgrade, Serbia, 2018.
‘Diary of lost dreams’, group exhibition, Students library “Svetozar Markovic”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2018.
“Living behind bars” story at the FOKUS – group exhibition,  Pristina, Kosovo, 2018.
“Karaburma” story at the Press photo Serbia group exhibition, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
Photos  from the “Trapped” series, as a part of group exhibition “101 windows”, National gallery Skoplje, Macedonia, 2017.
“Living behind bars” story at the group exhibition, during  international photo festival,  Fier, Albania, 2017.
“Living behind bars”, group exhibition during  international photo festival  Nika Interfer, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Trapped” series at “Refugee – Human” exhibition, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Trapped” series at “Balkan Routes Festival”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Living behind bars” story at the group exhibition, during Ariano international film festival,  Ariano Imprino, Italy, 2017.
Photos  from the “Trapped” series, as a part of group exhibition “101 windows”, Besnsuan  -Thesaloniki, Greece, 2017.
Belgrade photo month group exhibition, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
ONYX 2017 International Exhibition of Photography, Romania
Photographs from “Scenes from the sumptuous reality” series at the “My Belgrade”, group exhibition. Singidunum gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017.
“Living behind bars” story at the Press photo Serbia group exhibition, Belgrade, Serbia, 2016.
“Living behind bars” story at the group exhibition, “Extravagant bodies: Crime and punishment”, Zagreb, Croatia 2016.
“Living behind bars” story at the Press photo Serbia group exhibition, showed at Paris photo month, Paris France 2016.
Group exhibition “Freedom on the way of arrogance and Arcadia”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2016.
Group exhibition “Freedom on the way of arrogance and Arcadia”, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2016.
Group exhibition on the theme ‘Woman’, Kavadarci, Macedonia 2014.
 
 
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