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Vesna Pavlovic

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My projects develop as anthropological studies, analyzing different cultures and their visual representations through particular phenomena. 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.
Recent, "Search for Landscapes" project develops around a group of found vintage slides, depicting one family's travel around the world in the 1960s. Slides were a popular mode of recording travel from the 1960s-1980s. This coincided with a period of American freedom of mobility and travel to the world’s exotic locations and well-known pilgrimage sites. A single family from Nashville produced the archive I worked with, and I obtained it from a local institutional collection as it was about to be discarded. The slide technology itself was a product of the American consumer economy, and it came at a time of projection of American power. The American tourist with camera is itself an iconic image, one whose era may have passed. She is both a consumer of places and a producer of images. As a tourist, she has both framed a multitude of places, as well as been framed by them. What were left in the end are images, which are fading, along with those framed experiences. The reenactment of a slide show, and introduction of the blank, “white” slides in the installation is suggestive of this loss.
In ongoing “Real Images”, slides, projectors, lights, and the screens become a material to work with. In print and installation, these works attempt to confront the photographic representation and to reveal the layers that make up the image.