This exhibition will include photographs taken in Vesna Pavlovic’s native Serbia and the United States over the last two decades. Focusing on sites and events of cultural significance, Pavlovic examines the power of photography to shape the perception of history as an expression of people’s dreams and aspirations by projecting and conflating self-images and national ideologies.
The exhibition begins with a selection of photographs that were taken in Serbia during the 1990s and explores the failure of utopian modernism under Communism while posing questions about the veneer of normalcy maintained during the civil war and allied bombardment. It concludes with an installation of recent works that considers the values and consumerist ideologies relating to contemporary American life.
Vesna Pavlovic’: Projected Histories is organized by the Frist Art Museum.