Katarina Zdjelar, ACT II, video still, 2010
STEPPING IN - OUT
Katarina Zdjelar's work explores the notions of identity, power and community through video, sound, book projects and educational platforms.
Her projects are based on a collective collaboration, promoting critical thinking, a just dialogue, interpersonal learning and exchange of experiences.
While she uses language as a means of contemplation and analysis of social phenomena, her artistic research is centered on circumstances in which our mother tongue, displaced into a foreign political, cultural and social environment, loses its primary function as carrier of meanings and means of communication - the point in which we realize the geopolitical limitation of language. An individual is thus forced to re-define himself/herself by way of assimilation, memory, learning and practicing. In particular, Zdjelar is interested in the process of self-realization and becoming in relation to the unknown when an individual wins recognition through improvisation, uncertainty, vulnerability and collaboration.
The exhibition will be featuring the video works Shoum; One or Two Songs, on Someone or Something, in Particular; Everything Is Gonna Be; Act I; and Act II, made in the period 2007-2010. The video works are gathered around the notions of self-preservation and self-presentation of individuals who, forced to inhabit simultaneously different languages, perform themselves through rehearsing and improvisation.
Katarina Zdjelar has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions - among others, she represented Serbia at the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009) - and has received several awards.