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Theme park is an on-going photographic visual research into tourism as a global phenomenon. The artist is a tourist herself, thus the photographs from the series are created only during her travels, while visiting amusement or water parks, beaches or numerous touristic attractions - no matter if the “attraction” happens to be an art exhibition or a roller coaster. As a tourist, the artist photographs an image the world offers to her while turning into the theme park....

In 1943, Hannah Arendt wrote the text We Refugees dedicated to the exiled and exterminated European Jews. In the moment of probably the biggest refugee crisis happening on the European soil after the end of the Second World War, the video installation We Refugees is taking that text for its starting point, while trying to question the notions of war, intolerance, exile, responsibility and solidarity. ...

Six channel digital slide projection with sound (181 photographs and texts from photo-albums sent to Josip Broz Tito from 1945 till 1980; from the archive of the Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade)...

Installation with 46 pots of the selected plants | Installation with take-a-way posters and archive photograph from the archive of the Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade...

The Choir focuses on the performative characteristics of the photographic medium and its role within the society of (socialist) spectacle. Slide projection is accompanied by the sound of piano playing the popular song from the socialist period celebrating work, the song that was part of the repertoire of (almost) every school performance around Yugoslavia for years....

There is at least one photograph of a choir in almost every album that Tito ever received from the children of Yugoslavia. Accordingly, the album that the Pioneers and Youths of the Institute for the Education of Deaf Children in Zagreb sent to the President on his birthday in 1962 duly contains a photograph of their school choir. The photograph features 14 children singing onstage, with their conductor in front of them and a banner saying ‘Živio Dan mladosti’ (Long live Youth Day) in the background. This photograph is the starting and visual reference point in Two Choirs....

In April 1987, Kolibri, the famous children’s choir, held a concert in Kolarac concert hall in Belgrade. On that occasion, former members of the choir present in the audience joined the choir on the stage to perform the last two songs together, which was a unique situation in the choir’s history. One of the songs they were singing was My Country is the Most Beautiful of All. Four years after the concert, a war in Yugoslavia broke up. It was the biggest European conflict after the Second World War with more than 130.000 people killed. 24 years after the concert, 20 years after the beginning of the war in Yugoslavia, some of the former Kolibri members reunited to sing the song once again in the same city, but a completely different country than was in 1987....

The old lady is watching, concentrated, while listening to her own voice, singing one of her most favorite songs from youth. She heard it first back in the 1941. It is on Italian. About the soldier writing to his mother from the front, telling her how much he misses her. How he will never leave her again if he makes it through the war. Her voice, the song, is a tool to recreate the past. Both personal and collective. Her portrait is an image – at the same time personal and universal - of an old age, of memory and leaving....

After the Second World War, generations were raised with the iconic image of children who fought in the war against fascism. That is true not only for the Former Yugoslavia, but many countries around the world. Taking as a point of departure question what could be a vision of the future a society is offering to the young generations while raising them with images and narratives about children warriors who sacrificed their lives for their country, the work is exploring one possible image of childhood....

The assumption that a veiled woman can not be free is so deeply rooted in the Western mind that we often don't even consider the fact that the act of veiling is in many circles today almost equally revolutionary as unveiling was in the first half of the last century. Today, a woman of the Islamic religion is a victim of double discrimination – by gender and by religion. As a religion and the way of life, Islam is under influence of the great number of political and other factors and is becoming the no. 1 media topic. As such it communicates via numerous possible interpretations, stereotypes and representations. This work tries to eliminate the media and whatever existing filter and through a direct conversation with women of Islamic religion from city of Novi Pazar, Serbia, reveal a small part of their world....

Video work Postcards from Imaginary Places is dealing with the fragility of the memory and the struggle to remember. Images showing sudden memory flashes represent seen but not quite familiar places, events one feels are experienced but can not grasp their totality, can not place them in any consecutive narrative. The backdrop for that struggle with one’s memory in the work is the water – waste and indifferent sea that maybe remembers everything....

Human memory is quite fragile; many experiments proved that it is possible to construct memories about things that have never happened, or places never visited. Postcards from Imaginary Places are about that fragility. Photographic images are showing seen but not quite familiar places, places one cannot really prove to have a real memory about....

The mechanism of memory is still not fully explained, there are numerous and complex traces leading us to our personal memories. Works from the Madeleine series (started in 2004) are trying to explore images that are representing or could represent memory triggers. Through photographs and video works author opens the possibility for different interpretations of individual and collective images of the past. ...

Having on mind Western perception of the Balkans and taking author’s own Balkan origin as a point of departure, the project represents a visual research of the region. Photographs were taken by plastic camera that transforms objects and places photographed into dream-like images, thus reflecting the image that has been for centuries constructed in the Western world - the one of exoticization, romanticization and othering. Using this photographing method, author is trying to research into that exotic image constructed around the notion of the Balkans....

Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are coming to European Union every month, while the Union is constantly making new laws trying to restrict this massive flow of people coming to its Member States. For most of these people, while living in their native countries, Western Europe was seen as a dreamland of prosperity and freedom. Once in their “dreamland” they are confronted with a different reality: their moving is highly restricted except from one to another asylum house, they have virtually no money, in most cases they don’t understand language of the country they came to. Most of the time they spend sitting and waiting for their asylum procedure to be finalized - to be granted stay or forced to leave, for their lives to continue....