area: Visual Art
time periodJanuary 2019 - February 2019
Andrea Palašti works across artistic and curatorial boundaries that experiments with archives and methodologies - concentrating on issues of cultural geography, history and the everyday life. Through her work, she questions the memory, subjectivity and identity, as well as the responsibilities of history, which then plays an important role in knowledge exchange. She has recently been appointed as an associate professor in Visual communications/The elements of Art on the Department for New media at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad (AUNS), Serbia.
Solo exhibitions (selected):
2018 Home workouts at Gallery SPOT and Gallery VN / in collaboration with the students of the AUNS, Zagreb, Croatia
2018 Emil (B5044) at the exhibition Jel provaljuješ da život nema smisla; curated by Mia David. Two Person Show with Vladimir Miladinović at Navigator Art Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2018 Tiergarten, part of the billboard project Transcultural Emancipation; at FLUC, Vienna, Austria. Curator: Ursula Maria Probst
2018 CORPOREAL. at Aa Collections, Vienna, Austria. a 3-person show with Lena Violetta Leitner and Paloma Tendero,
2017 Home workouts; in cooperation with the students of the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, at ARTGET gallery, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 Bühnenbilder, Gallery Menjačnica, Goethe-Institut Belgrad, Belgrade, Serbia
2015 10 Easy-to-Get Images to Make You Look like a President, Gallery of Photography - pf, Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, Poland. Curators: Karolina Majewska-Güde and Dorota Walentynowicz
2014 Second nature, Gallery PM, The Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb, Croatia
2014 The Contemporary Archive – a special collection, Archiv der Zeitgenossen, Danube University Krems, Austria
2013 of Love, Tension and other Minorities, Gallery of Dom omladine, Belgrade (w. Vanja Bućan & Boris Lukić)
2012 Second nature, in collaboration with The Culture of Memory: Present of the Past (w. Marija Ratković and Dejan Vasić) in the framework of the 15. Biennial of Art in Pančevo, Gallery of the Historical Archive in Pančevo, Serbia, curated by Nikola Dedić and Aneta Stojnić
Group exhibitions (selected):
2018 Testimony Truth or Politics: The Concept of Testimony in the Commemoration of the Yugoslav Wars; Volkskundemuseum, Vienna, Austria. Curators: Zoran Erić and Noa Treister
2018 Uzemljenje, Newspaper exhibition published in BETON/Danas; Curators: Aleksandra Sekulić and Dejan Vasić
2018 1 ON 1, Artget Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia. Curator: Ivan Manojlović
2017 Re-constructing the photographic image #4, at Gallery FLORA, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2017/16 DIFFERENT WORLDS, Young Contemporary Photography from SouthEast Europe, at VILTIN Gallery, Budapest, Hungary and Photon Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Curator: Jasna Jernejsek
2016 Dig where you stand, curated by Naomi Henning in cooperation with Confrontation Through Art; project space Uqbar, Berlin, Germany
2014 Voyage To Europe - The Missing Amount; at the ex Czech Cultural Centre, Leipziger Straße 60, Berlin, Germany. Curators: Mia David & Zoran Ðaković Minniti
2014 Disappearing Things – 55th October Salon Belgrade, Belgrade City Museum, New Military Academy, Belgrade, Serbia. Curators: Nicolaus Schafhausen and Vanessa Joan Müller
2013 No one belongs here more than you, 54. October salon, Zepter Expo, Belgrade, Serbia; curated by Red Min(e)d: Danijela Dugandžić Živanović, Katja Kobolt, Dunja Kukovec and Jelena Petrović.
Curatorial collaborations & exhibition projects:
2018 - Contemporary Art in Vojvodina, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina / MSUV, Novi Sad, Serbia. Curated with Dragana Garic Jovicic.
2017/18 - UA! The Art of Protest, exhibition series of protest banners made by 1th year students of the AUNS, at Shock gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia
2016/18 - Exhibition practicum, on practicing exhibitions at Gallery Partizan, exhibition series of the students of AUNS, at Petrovaradin/Novi Sad, Serbia
2015 - Portraits and Memories; A project by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Serbia and in collaboration with The Jewish Historical Museum in Belgrade
2014 - 14-14, Fundamentals, The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Rem Koolhaas and organized by la Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, Italy (with authors: Aleksandar Hrib, Zlatko Nikolic, Jelena Radonjic, Marko Salapura, Igor Sladoljev and Srđan Keča)
2013 - CLOSE UP&BLOW UP: Reconstructing the photographic image, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
2010 - Hybrid Media Camp, Begeč, Serbia (w. Aditya Mandayam, Isidora Todorović and Marko Ercegović)
Guided by an interest in researching institutional picture collections, I am currently engaged in re-contextualising one part of the picture archive formed by a former Schönbrunn Zoo director Otto Antonius (dir. 1925-1945), which is today kept in the Historical Documentation Center of the Schönbrunn Zoo. My object of interest during the Q21 residency is to further develop the research about the orangutan Emil - a former pet of a Serbian civil servant, who had to sell him to the Schönbrunn Zoo because of a transfer in his service. Between 1927 and 1938, Emil was a media star and a favorite attraction in the Schönbrunn Zoo - until he became so obese and so depressed that he refused every contact (Kleine Volks-Zeitung, January 26, 1938). By exploring Emile's history, as well as his life after death in different cultural and scientific institutions, I would like to open up different questions around Zoos as establishments and to underline the idea of ”The Human Zoo” described by Desmond Morris (1969), who proposed that the unnatural behavior of animals in zoos could help us understand, accept, and overcome the stresses that life in consumer societies brings. I plan to dedicate my time at the Q21 residency to edit video and photographic materials, and also to research at the Zoological Collection at the University of Vienna and the Newspaper reading room of the Austrian National Library, in order to identify his remaining body parts, and where possible arrange for documents, photographs or digital copies of the found materials.
Additionally, the first two weeks at the Q21 will be spent on mounting up a new research project which was realized in 2018 for the exhibition "ALLE ANTRETEN! ES WIRD GEKNIPST!" Private Fotografie in Österreich 1930-1950, curated by Herbert Justnik and Friedrich Tietjen and supported by kültüř gemma! The public presentation of the research is scheduled to open on January 17, 2019 at Volkskundemuseum in Vienna.