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CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Sandra Vitaljić

Sandra Vitaljić, Infertile Grounds, Bučje, 2009

Infertile Grounds

On Thursday, January 20th at 12 pm, we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Sandra Vitaljic, presented by our Fellow Roswitha Kersten-Pejanić.

How do places change their context with the change of narrative or political circumstances? Which locations become part of institutionalised memory cultures and which are left out?
Who has a right to be remembered?
Those questions drove artist Sandra Vitaljic to visit places of historical or geostrategic importance closely connected to Croatian national identity. She was interested in places that political rhetoric had used copiously in inflammatory speeches during the 90s, places of institutionalised memory, and those that a single memorial plaque had never marked. As after World War II, so after the war in the former Yugoslavia, the politics of memory labelled what needed remembering and suppressed what it was desirable to forget.
Sandra Vitaljic will present her art project Infertile Grounds.

Sandra Vitaljic graduated with an MFA in photography from the Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV (FAMU) in Prague and completed her doctoral studies in history and theory of photography at the same university. She was working as a professor of photography at the Academy of performing art in Zagreb 2004-2019 and participated in establishing the Department of Photography.

In her work, she is focused on social issues and dealing with the topics of collective memory, violence and invisible experiences of immigrants. In the theoretical and curatorial work, she is engaged with conflict photography and the ethics of photographic representation.

Sandra Vitaljic published three books: Infertile Grounds (Eikon Studio, 2012), Rat slikama: Suvremena ratna fotografija / War of Images – Contemporary War Photography (Algoritam, 2013) and Up Close and Personal: War in Croatia (Image of War Museum, 2018).

She exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions including Natural Histories. Traces of the Political, at MUMOK, Vienna, 2017; Vigilance, Struggle, Pride: Through Her Eyes, Zagreb-Maribor-Berlin, 2018 and Beloved at Chobi Mela VII, Dhaka.

She curated exhibitions Lessons from ’91, and Up Close and Personal: War in Croatia.

Currently, she is based in Stockholm.


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