Artist Katarina Zdjelar examines the behavior of people by reinventing their identity through a choreography of language, voice, and body language – as they move between different situations and cultures. These artistic interests find their focus in the creation of different platforms for speculation, knowledge building, and exchange. In her work personal expectations and desires are linked to larger social issues, such as the constant pressure to perform in today’s society. The practice of Zdjelar consists of making video pieces, sound pieces, book projects and platforms for speculation, knowledge building and exchange. For this lecture she will elaborate more on the works she made, including one of her newest works for the Prix de Rome which is based on archival documents from a dance studio, founded in 1945 in post war Dresden. Folding the past into the present, Zdjelar’s film engages with acts of maternal (proto) feminist pacifism, solidarity and collective transformation across the barriers of time, class and social difference.
Bio – Katarina Zdjelar (Belgrade, 1979) is a graduate of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, where she currently lives. In 2017 Katarina was shortlisted for the Dutch Prix de Rome, and won the Dolf Henkes art prize. She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, including at the Muzeum Sztuki Lodz; Kunstverein Bielefeld; The Serbian Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennial; MACBA Barcelona; MNAC Bucharest; De Appel Contemporary Art Centre, Amsterdam; 5th Marrakech Biennale; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Toronto; Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; HMKV in Dortmund; MuHKA Antwerpen, and the Total Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul.