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Vesna Pavlovic
Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt Univeristy, Assistant Professor of Art


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My photographic projects examine visual representations of social groups and explore technological and material aspects of photographic media. I investigate photographic modes of display and possibilities of photographic representation. Expanding the photographic image beyond its frame, traditional format, and the narrative is central to my artistic strategies. In my projects, I challenge the role of the photographer in production of images, and contest the idea of the photographic moment. Recently, I built on these themes to examine photographic representation of special political and cultural histories. These representations include photographic archives and related artifacts, which I treat as material to produce new images and installations. I interrogate the impermanence of photographic archives and their preservation in advance of digital technologies.

I work with projected images. Turning a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional space offers a way to expand the perception and experience of images in space. I transform photographic images into objects, by way of their display, mounting, and placement in space. I try to activate the role of photographic equipment in the display of my work. These relations open a conversation between photography and installation. I work with analog photographic technology, treating it in a contemporary digital mode. Either presented as a photographic print, or as a projected image within installation, the pieces confront photographic representation, and attempt to reveal the layers constituting the image. I aspire to contest the medium of photography, applying strategies that challenge the conventional notions of production and display of photographic images.


born: 1970, Kladovo, Serbia


Columbia University School of the Arts, MFA, 2007
Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Belgrade, BFA, Cinematography, 2002

selected awards/honors

Art Matters Foundation Grant, New York, NY, USA, 2012
CPH AIR-City of Copenhagen Artist in Residence Award, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
Contemporary Art Foundation Emergency Grant, New York, NY, USA, 2011
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, 2010

selected publications

Office Taste, with Casey Smith, Samizdat, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005
The Book Project, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2004
Women in Black, We are still on the streets, Women in Black, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 2002
An Idyll on the Beach, Samizdat B92, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 2001

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Intersections, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, USA, 2014
Memory and Medium, Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013
Reflections on Images, Museum of Contemporary Art Salon, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013
Vesna Pavlović: Projected Histories, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA, 2011

selected group shows

Alive Archive, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013
Spectator Sports, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA, 2013
Bucharest Biennale 5, Tactics for the Here and Now, Bucharest, Romania, 2012
Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) 2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011







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