Talk: Vesna Pavlović’s Lost Art: Photography, Display, and the Archive
September, 2019
Pavlović discusses the recently published book about her work, Lost Art: Photography, Display, and the Archive, and her contemporary practice which challenges the evolving relationship between memory in contemporary culture and the technologies of photographic image production. She examines photographic representation of specific political and cultural histories. These representations include photographic archives and related artifacts, which she treats as material to produce new images and installations. Her photographs and installations question photography’s ‘perceived’ truth, while exploring the legacy of the Cold War in Eastern Europe, art history education, and contemporary display practices. The sites of her exhibitions question the nature of the photographic image, photographic and historical obsolescence, and related questions of memory and representation.

Pavlović received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia, and is an Associate Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University where she teaches photography and digital media. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe and her work is held in major public and private collections. The book Lost Art: Archive, Photography, and Display, by Morna O’Neill, was published in 2017 by the Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University.

Image: Vesna Pavlović, Sites of Memory II, from Fabrics of Socialism series.

This talk is part of the California College of the Arts Photography Lecture Series. The talks take place in Ralls Studio, Room 202, on the Oakland campus of the California College of the Arts, on the Southeast corner of Broadway and Clifton St., Oakland. Campus map available here.

California College of the Arts
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